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Archive for August, 2010

Green Cards, Citizenships, Visas

A permanent resident card is also referred to as a green card.  Information and applications  for application, renewing and replacing are available at the Department of Homeland Security: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration site or by calling 800-375-5283.

The application for citizenship is the N-400 Application for Naturalization and details for fees and completing this form are also available on a section of the U.S. Citzenship and Immigration site.

Information regarding various types of visas needed for foreign citizens to travel to the U.S. are available on the Department of State: travel.state.gov site.

By MPPL on August 24, 2010 Categories: Immigration, Travel

Credit Reports

You are entitled to request one free credit file disclosure, commonly called a credit report, once every 12 months from each of the nationwide consumer credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.  While prices may vary when requesting a credit score from these or other companies, the score is an additional cost and is not included in the free credit report unless ordered.

  

 

Equifax

P.O. Box 740241

Atlanta, GA 30374

800-685-1111

Request a fraud alert online, or call 1-888-766-0008

 

TransUnion

2 Baldwin Place

P.O. Box 1000

Chester, PA 19022

800-888-4213

Request a fraud alert online: fvad@transunion.com or 800-680-7289

 

 

Experian

955 American Lane

Schaumburg, IL 60173

888-397-3742

To add a fraud alert or 888-397-3742

 

Sun-Times columnist, Terry Savage, recommends Consumer Credit Counseling Services (800-388-2227) for helpful advice to review your credit history or debt issues.

By MPPL on Categories: Credit Cards, Finance

Resume and Cover Letter Templates

The Library has many print and electronic resources to help you write a resume and cover letter.  Career Transitions, Fergusons Career Guidance Center, and the Adult Career Center/tutor.com are available to all patrons visiting the library and accessible from home or remote access to MPPL cardholders.  Easy-to-access templates are also available on careeronestop.com, which you may download and tailor to your work history and background. Other features to check out are the America's Service Locator to find out where one of the 3000 offices are nearest to you, and the Employer Locator to source potential job openings. Careeronestop.com is provided by the Department of Labor.

A valuable webinar we offered from the Adult Career Center is archived and available for you to view from within our Library or by remote access if you're a MPPL cardholder.  In the Adult Education and Career Center, you may view the Tutor.com Resume Writing Workshop Video Series (Event 1), presented by Barbara Safani.

By MPPL on Categories: Employment, Jobs

Passports

We often receive questions from travelers preparing to apply for a passport or needing to renew.  While you may complete an application and have the required photo taken at the Mount Prospect Post Office, information is also available at the U.S. Department of State (travel.state.gov) site.  Details regarding renewals, lost or stolen passports, and updating an existing passport are provided.

In need of a passport in a hurry?  In addition to the details on the site, our closest passport agency to expedite an application is at:

Chicago Passport Agency

Kluczynski Federal Building

230 S. Dearborn Street, 18th Floor

Chicago, IL 60604-1564

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., local time, M-F, excluding Federal holidays

Automated Appointment Number: 1-877-487-2778

By MPPL on August 20, 2010 Categories: Travel

Illinois health insurance plan options

A new health insurance plan will open this morning and be made available on a first-come, first-served basis to those who qualify in Illinois. The plan is called Illinois Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (IPXP) and details for enrollment are available as are applications at http://www.insurance.illinois.gov/ipxp/.

Another plan to consider is the ICHIP, the Illinois Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan, for those who are either presently uninsured or will soon have exhausted COBRA benefits.

By MPPL on Categories: Health, Insurance

Mortgage Relief Project

There will be an area meeting held at Fenton High School in Bensenville from 9 AM to 1 PM on Saturday August 28.  Please share this information.  The mortgage Relief Project will be providing local homeowners with free housing counseling and information on saving troubled homes.  For more information or to register for this event call toll free 1-800-532-8785, please visit www.idfpr.com.  Additional information is also noted on this flyer: Download Bensenville MRP Flyer.

By MPPL on August 17, 2010 Categories: Housing