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Creative Contest Winners Participate in USCIS Naturalization Ceremony

Northern California Students "Celebrate America"

Published on Fri, Aug 13, 2010

Every year hundreds of fifth grade students in Northern California participate in the American Immigration Council's "Celebrate America"  Creative Writing Contest.  On August 19 the top winners of the local contest in San Francisco, which is sponsored by the local chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association will speak at a naturalization ceremony.  Two of the people being sworn in are parents of one of the contest winners.

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The Council Launches the 14th Annual Creative Writing Contest

Released on Wed, Aug 10, 2011

The Community Education Center of the American Immigration Council has launched its 14th Annual Creative Writing Contest for "Why I'm Proud America is a Nation of Immigrants".  The contest which is run by local chapters of the American Immigration Lawyers Association has more than 5,000 entries from around the country annually.  The contest is open to fifth graders during the 2010-2011 school year. 

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Organizations in Your Community

 Educators, community organizers and civic leaders interested in engaging your community with service learning projects? Find local organizations committed to immigrant rights, integration and social justice. Please let the Community Education Center know about the projects you are working on in your communities so we can highlight them by emailing and don't forget to check out our community grant program for grants from $100-$500 dollars to develop and implement service learning projects.

If your organization would like to be added to this list please email



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The American Immigration Council's 5th Grade National Creative Writing Contest Winners Announced

Julia Culbert of Santa Clara Valley Wins National Contest

Released on Mon, May 10, 2010

Washington, D.C. - The American Immigration Council is pleased to announce the winners of the national 5th Grade "Why I Am Glad America Is a Nation of Immigrants" creative writing contest. Read more...

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Tax Assistance for J-1 Participants

Exchange Visitors who were in J visa status during calendar year 2013 must file Federal and State income taxes by the deadline of April 15.

We cannot legally provide you with tax advice or endorse services from tax accountants. This page provides links to and descriptions of resources located on the IRS website ( If you have Tax Law Questions, you should contact the IRS directly as your primary source of information:

Here is a list of topics discussed in this tax guide. Click one of the following links to jump to the relevant information:

Resources for J visa holders filing taxes

I did not earn any income in 2013, but I was present as a J-1 exchange visitor. Do I still need to file taxes?

Your host company must send you form W-2 by January 31. Contact your host company if you have not yet received form W-2.

I have my W-2 but do I need any other forms before I can file my taxes?

What is a Tax Treaty?

Which form should I file, 1040NR or 1040NR-EZ?

FORM 1040NR-EZ and FORM 1040NR

What Makes Us American: A Video Montage

This video presents a montage highlighting the diversity and pluralism that makes our nation uniquely multicultural.

When you think of the United States what is the first thing that comes to mind? Maybe you think of the food, the holidays, or symbols of the American identity? Each of these elements paints a picture of the United States, but what truly makes our country what it is today, is the people.

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International Exchange Center Expands!

Released on Thu, Nov 12, 2009

The American Immigration Council’s International Exchange Center is pleased to announce the expansion of the occupational field for which they are designated to sponsor training. The Department of States has extended the International Exchange Center’s programming to include opportunities in: Arts & Culture; Tourism; Social Sciences, Library Science, Non-clinical Counseling, and Social Services.

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The Community Education Center Endorses "La Americana-A Documentary"

"La Americana" is a powerful new documentary film recommended by the American Immigration Council. 

"La Americana puts a human face on today's debate over immigration.  It is a wonderful tool for educators, advocates, and policy experts who wish to create a humane discussion about this heated issue"
- Claire Tesh, American Immigration Council's Community Education Center

Year Released: 2009

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Community Grants

Do you have a creative classroom project that needs funding?  Are you affiliated with an organization working with young people between the ages of 7 and 18? The American Immigration Council’s Community Education Center is here to help! In an effort to support educators in engaging their students and communities in thoughtful dialogues centered on the issue of immigration and multiculturalism, the Center awards bi-annual grants for immigration- themed classroom and community-based projects. Read more...

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