for International Students and Scholars
University international students and scholars have begun receiving
information from the U.S. Census Bureau and may have questions regarding
the purpose of the census, if you are required to participate, and
potential consequences of answering the questionnaire. This
message is being sent to provide a very brief overview and to direct
you to resources for finding more information.
In short, you are required
to participate in the census and doing so will have no impact on
your immigration status or legal standing in the U.S. The information
collected in the census is kept confidential and not shared with
other government agencies.
of the following information was adapted from materials published
by the U.S. Census Bureau)
The census is a headcount
of everyone residing in the United States: in all 50 states, the
District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas regardless
of citizenship or immigration status. The U.S. Constitution empowers
the Congress to carry out the census in "such manner as they
shall by Law direct" (Article I, Section 2). This was part
of the plan of the Founders of the U.S. to empower the people over
their government. This count happens only once every 10 years. An
accurate count of residents in intended to provide for better infrastructure
and appropriate distribution of services. The information the census
collects helps to determine how more than $400 billion dollars of
federal funding each year is spent on infrastructure and services
• Job training centers
• Senior centers
• Bridges, tunnels
and other-public works projects
• Emergency services
Everyone in the United States
on April 1, including international students and scholars . Everyone
in the United States must be counted. This includes people of all
ages, races, ethnic groups, citizens and noncitizens.
are international students and scholars included in the census?
The Census Bureau is mandated
by the Constitution to count everyone who lives in this country,
regardless of immigration or citizenship status. So even if the
U.S. is not your country of citizenship, if you live in the U.S.
most of the year, you will be counted in the census.
is Your Living Situation?
on campus: If you live in a dormitory, residence
hall, sorority or fraternity house, you will receive a 2010 Census
form in April or May 2010 to fill out for you individually.
Living off campus:
If you live off campus, 2010 Census forms will be delivered
or mailed to your house or apartment in March 2010. All students
living at the address are considered one household, so only one
form per domicile should be completed with information about all
the people living at that address. Return the form in the U.S. mail
Living with parents
or guardians: If you commute to school and reside
full-time at your parents' or guardians' household, you should be
accounted for on your parents' or guardians' household form so no
need to fill out a form.
the census share my information with anyone?
No. By law, the Census Bureau
cannot share an individual's census questionnaire responses with
anyone, including the FBI, the CIA, Welfare, Immigration, other
government agencies, or law enforcement entities. All Census Bureau
employees have taken an oath to protect confidentiality and know
that they are subject to a federal prison sentence of up to five
years, a fine of up to $250,000, or both, for disclosing any information
that could identify a respondent or household.
Additional information, including
Frequently Asked Questions, can be found on the following web pages
of the U.S. Census Bureau.
U.S. Census Bureau
FAQs about the
Your personal information