Non-U.S. Citizens FAQs
The goal of the 2020 Census is a complete and accurate count of everyone living in the United States and its five territories. You should count yourself at the place where you are living and sleeping most of the time as of April 1, 2020 (Census Day).
For some, this is straightforward. But others may have questions about where they should count themselves or how they should respond. Below are some questions that are commonly asked about non-U.S. citizens:
Count everyone living with you. If you are filling out the census for your home, you should count everyone who is living there as of April 1, 2020. This includes anyone, whether they are related or unrelated to you and whether they are a U.S. citizen or not, who lives and sleeps at your home most of the time. Please count everyone living in your home. Where there are more people, there are more needs. An accurate count helps inform funding for hospitals, fire departments, schools, and roads for the next 10 years.
Q1: Should non-U.S. citizens respond to the 2020 Census?
- Yes! Everyone living in Minnesota is required by law to be counted in the census whether they are citizens or not.
- Citizens of foreign countries who are living in the United States during the 2020 Census should be counted at the U.S. residence where they live and sleep most of the time. If they are not sure about where they usually live, count them where they are staying on April 1, 2020.
Q2: Is the 2020 Census confidential?
- Yes! Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics and they cannot be used against you in any way. By law, all responses to U.S. Census Bureau household and business surveys are kept completely confidential.
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Q3: Does the census ask about citizenship?
- No! The 2020 Census does not ask whether you or anyone in your home is a U.S. citizen.
Q4: Can my answers be share with law enforcement or used against me?
- No! The law prevents the Census Bureau from sharing your information with law enforcement. Your answers cannot be used to impact your eligibility for government benefits. Your answers are only used to create statistics about our country. The Census Bureau is bound by Title 13 of the U.S. Code to protect your personal information and keep it strictly confidential. That's every answer, to every question, for everyone!
Q5: How can I take the census?
- The 2020 Census will be available online, by phone, and by mail. Online and phone responses can be completed in 13 languages (English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Japanese). A paper form will be mailed to every house that hasn't responded after four mail pieces.
Q6: What if a Census worker knocks on my door?
- The easiest way to avoid a Census Bureau worker knocking on your door is to fill out the census on your own. However, if you don't and someone visits your home to collect a response for the 2020 Census, you can do the following to verify their identity:
- First, check to make sure that they have a valid ID badge with 1) their photograph, 2) a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and 3) an expiration date.
- If you still have questions about their identity, you can call 844-330-2020 to speak with a Census Bureau representative in English or the phone numbers listed here in 16 other languages.
- If it is determined that the visitor who came to your door does not work for the Census Bureau, contact your local police department.