Category: Tampa, FL
Published on 25 April 2017

Embellishing Copeland Park in Tampa

Tampa, Florida - On April 22, 2017, as part of the Earth Day celebration Miraists in the city of Tampa, gathered to embellish Copeland Park.More than 100 MIRA USA volunteers from the cities of Tampa, Clearwater, Orlando, Kissimmee, Ocala, Poinciana, Deltona and Lake Mary gathered at 8 am to kick off the activity, which was carried out with the support of Keeping Tampa Bay Beautiful and Telemundo Tampa.

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Miraists of all ages were divided into groups to remove litter along the territory of the park that boasts an extensive system of both asphalt and nature trails. The exercise/fitness trail traverses through natural wooded areas and across boardwalks through wetlands. The asphalt trail is approximately one mile in length.

Also, volunteers embellished the entrance of the park by removing the dead plants from the ground and removing the accumulated soil to leave the entry of the park clean and ready to plant other plants.

Similarly, another group of volunteers cleaned the playground area and embellished it with florid bark so children can feel comfortable and enjoy playing with their family and friends.

They also beautified the trails and sides of the park by clearing the ground to release the weeds and organizing the roads so that people do not fall when they walk on the asphalt. 

Finally, the children and young Miraists had the opportunity to plant a tree in the garden of the park. This tree is symbolic because it can give oxygen to up to 10 people for a year, and it is also the grain of sand that MIRA USA contributed in the city of Tampa to protect our mother earth.

Category: Tampa, FL
Published on 04 April 2017

Numerous permanent residents benefit from the MIRA USA citizenship workshop in Tampa

Tampa, Florida - An increasing number of permanent residents are benefiting from the seminar: "Lose the Fear of Taking the Citizenship Test with MIRA USA." This time in the city of Tampa, almost 100 people attended this workshop on Saturday, March 25 at the Town 'N Country Library.

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With the excitement and at the same time anxious to present their exam as soon as Tuesday, March 28, participants attended this important event to lose their fear and gain the confidence necessary to participate in the interview and pass the naturalization exam.

For those who are just starting the process, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Officer Donald Jarrell, gave the presentation about the naturalization process, including eligibility requirements, the application, the interview and the ceremony.

After his introduction, attorney Jorge Rivera of Rivera Picado Law spoke about the importance of completing the application correctly and advised to comply with all requirements before sending the request not to lose the money.

Participants who already have their appointment for the interview, stayed to practice the N-400 application and the 100 civic questions with the bilingual volunteers of MIRA USA. In groups of 6 to 8 people and in a very educational way, the participants practiced all the issues of the application in English as preparation for the mock interview. After this practice, they had the opportunity to do the mock interview to lose their fear and have more security at the time of their actual interview with an immigration officer.

There is no doubt that this workshop has been a bridge to help all people who are in their naturalization process. Not only for those who already have their interview scheduled, but also for those who want to start the process and don't know how.

According to the participants, this workshop gives them the tools they need to complete their process successfully. A particular case is that of Esperanza Arias, who attended the seminar that took place in September 2016 and has already fulfilled her goal of becoming a US citizen. Pilar Hanes, a journalist for the news magazine Mundo Hispanico, recorded her testimony in her interview for the news program in Tampa.Hanes attended the workshop to do a complete report and see the benefit that MIRA USA is providing to this growing community in the United States.

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Category: Tampa, FL
Published on 01 February 2017

MIRA USA held a Tax Seminar in Tampa, Fl

Tampa, FL - Last Saturday, January 28th, Miraists in the city of Tampa held a seminar to inform the Latino community about taxes.

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With an attendance of more than 30 people, the workshop began promptly at 2 p.m. at the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, with the presence of the accounting firm Tax Care Tampa.

Carmelo Arroyo a former Sales and Use Tax Auditor of the Florida Department of Revenue presented on the different types of taxes.  Also on how to identify a good tax preparer, duties, and rights of the taxpayer and benefits of paying taxes. Arroyo explained how to make proper deductions, the importance of being incorporated for small and medium sized businesses, among other topics. 

The attendees had the opportunity to clarify questions and concerns in a Q&A session. Likewise, Tax Care Tampa gave away one free tax return and two 50 percent off tax returns. 

With the satisfaction of having provided this valuable information and benefit to the Latino Community in the Tampa Bay area, the seminar concluded at 4 p.m. among happy and grateful faces with our organization. 

Category: Tampa, FL
Published on 09 December 2016

A Citizenship Workshop Held in the City of Tampa benefited many people.

Tampa, FL - Last Saturday, December 3rd, MIRA USA held its final citizenship workshop in 2016 in the city of Tampa. Including an attendance of 35 people, 11 volunteers from MIRA USA, and attorney Jorge Rivera from Rivera Picado Law, the three-hour workshop at the Town and Country Library began promptly at 2:00 p.m.

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The workshop began with a presentation about eligibility requirements and the naturalization process. Then, an introduction to our organization was given to show the work that has been done for the immigrant community in the United States, and to highlight the values of Miraism which are the ones that move us to help and serve others. It then when Mr. Rudy Prieto, who had attended the workshop held in Tampa in September, got up with his naturalization certificate to give his testimony because thanks to MIRA USA he became a citizen two days ago.

After the testimony and in the midst of much emotion and applause, the lawyer Jorge Rivera began his speech highlighting the importance of initiating the naturalization process before migratory rates increase. He also explained the level of English needed to pass the exam and gave several examples of how to hold a basic conversation with immigration officials. Finally, he answered the questions of the attendees and clarified doubts about legal terms and how to fill out the N-400 form. 

After a brief break, the N-400 practice began, where bilingual volunteers studied the questions with a group of residents and helped them hold a conversation in English so they could pass the examination with the immigration officer. Likewise, they studied the 100 civic questions, giving attendees the chance to read, respond and write the answers to practice the reading and writing tests. 

Once each participant had the opportunity to study and practice the exams, we gave way to the simulation of the interview with MIRA USA volunteers. These interviews allowed the attendees to lose the fear of speaking English and to live the experience before going to their official appointment in the immigration office.

After having the whole workshop experience, the attendees felt much calmer and confident. Concluding with a simulation of the oath ceremony where they sang the national anthem of the United States and repeated the oath of allegiance. Enthusiastic and more confident, they thanked the organization MIRA USA because the workshops have become a great aid in their process of becoming citizens of this nation.