Frequently Asked Questions:
Will Portuguese-Americans be grouped with Hispanics?
No. PALCUS has worked to resolve that issue. Hispanics have a separate question on the 2020 Census form and are not included under the proposed Question #7: Race/Origin.
2. Do I have to be a U.S. citizen to participate in the Census?
No. Everyone residing in the United States at the time of the census is counted regardless of citizenship status.
3. Do I have to be born in Portugal to write in “Portuguese”?
No. Writing in "Portuguese" means ancestry - not place of birth.
4. Can I identify as Portuguese even if I don't speak it or have Portuguese citizenship?
Yes. This is about your ancestry and how you personally identify your origins.
5. I was born in Portugal but my children were born in the United States. Do I write in Portuguese for each of them?
Yes, because this is their ancestry / origins through you.
6. Am I required to fill out a census form?
Yes. Your response is required by law.
7. Do I include everyone living in my household whether or not they are related to me?
Yes. Anyone residing in your house regularly, such as a boarder whether paying rent to you or not, is included in your census form.
8. If I am living in the United State on a student, diplomat, artist or performer visa, do I complete a Census form?
9. I am here during census time on a vacation or business trip, do I fill out a Census form?
No because you are not regularly living or domiciled in the United States.
More questions?? Contact Gracielle Camilo at or 202-466-4664.
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