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April 22, 2014 > Get free help applying for citizenship

Get free help applying for citizenship

Submitted By Eleanore Zwinger

The International Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA) and the East Bay Naturalization Collaborative (EBNatz) are partnering with the Fremont Family Resource Center (FRC) for their third annual Citizenship Day to be held Saturday, April 26.

At this event, people eligible for U.S. citizenship can receive free assistance in filling out the naturalization application and fee waivers if necessary. Volunteers will speak many languages including Spanish, Chinese and Farsi. Interested parties need to pre-register.

There are many benefits to becoming a citizen including the opportunity to file immigrant visa petitions for parents, children and siblings. Perhaps most importantly, citizens can have full civic participation in this country and make sure their voices are heard.

Among the local non-profits leading the charge to increase the numbers of citizens are: Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, Catholic Charities of the East Bay, Centro Legal de la Raza, East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, International Institute of the Bay Area, International Rescue Committee and the Korean Community Center of the East Bay.

In 2011, these immigration service providers created the East Bay Naturalization Collaborative, a partnership designed to support each organizationÕs citizenship efforts by sharing tools and best practices, and providing volunteer support at large-scale citizenship fairs. The member organizations have a long history of providing services to immigrants and want to make sure Tri-City residents receive trustworthy legal advice and reliable help with completing their applications for naturalization. They have heard countless stories of immigrants who have lost money paying someone to help them with legal services only to find this ÒhelpÓ has resulted in the loss of thousands of dollars or even deportation. IIBA and EBNatz educate immigrants about their rights and responsibilities and represent immigrants in applications for legal status that U.S. law prescribes.

Citizenship Day
Saturday, Apr 26
9:30 a.m.
Fremont Family Resource Center, Bldg. EFGH Ð Caribbean Rm. Suite H830
39155 Liberty Street, Fremont
(888) 277-8608 (English or Spanish)
(510) 251-2846 (Chinese)
(510) 894-3639 (Dari/Farsi)
Advance registration is requested

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