FAQs from Adult Students about Census Jobs and the Application Process
(A complete list of FAQs from the Census Bureau)
- What level of English proficiency and other skills should I have?
Required skills: Advanced ESL, digital literacy (due to using tablets in the field), and customer service, but no high school diploma or other educational attainment level required.
- If I get a temporary job with the Census Bureau, will it affect my benefits, such as TANF?
Each state and tribe makes its own decision about how temporary work with the Census Bureau will affect your benefits. Many states, such as Pennsylvania, and California say that temporary work with the Census will not affect your benefits.
- I do not have an SSN, but I am a legal resident. Can I still apply, or will I not be able to complete the application without an SSN?
The application process currently requires an SSN. However waivers may be issued to Green Card holders if they speak a language needed by the census. We won’t know the answer to this question until we’re in the middle of the census. So we recommend that you fill out the application, and then your name will come to the top of the list if your language skills are needed.
(More FAQs coming…)