Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. 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.

If we don't know the answer, we will find out for you!

Call Us: 1-202-466-4664 /  email:   /  9255 Center St., Suite 404, Manassas, VA 20110

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