Free Services Available at May 30 Citizenship Day

Published on Thu, May 28, 2009
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Volunteer immigration attorneys, paralegals and interpreters offer FREE citizenship application assistance to legal permanent residents in Washington state; program expands services to three dates in 11 cities, including Mt.Vernon, Lacey, Pasco and Vancouver, Wash. on May 30

SEATTLE - Voting rights, safety and job opportunity are just a few of the benefits that citizenship brings. On May 30, Citizenship Day will provide free services to legal permanent residents in Washington state who are seeking the American dream. 

The Washington New Americans program -- administered by OneAmerica (formerly Hate Free Zone) in partnership with the Washington Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) -- will present Citizenship Day in Mt. Vernon, Lacey, Pasco and Vancouver, Wash. This Citizenship Day marks the final of three offered in 11 Washington state cities. The first two Citizenship Days served 465 people on February 28 and April 18.

Citizenship Day offers workshops providing assistance to legal permanent state residents eligible for naturalization. The Washington New Americans Program promotes successful immigrant integration by connecting Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) to the information and services they need to successfully pursue citizenship and become active members of their communities. This partnership expands AILA's annual Citizenship Day to include three dates in 11 cities. This event follows last year's workshops, at which approximately 270 individuals received assistance with their applications for U.S. citizenship. The goal this year, through the new partnership with the Washington New Americans program, is to assist 600 people with filing naturalization applications by June 30. After the first Washington state Citizenship Day by AILA in 2006, the concept has been replicated in 25 states. 

Offered at four locations on May 30 (see below), Citizenship Day will be staffed by volunteer immigration attorneys, paralegals, interpreters and other community members. These teams will prepare naturalization applications at NO COST.  Applicants will be able to consult with professionals and ensure that their documentation is complete. 

Citizenship offers enormous benefits, including access to better jobs, safety and security, and the right to vote and be fully involved in our democracy.  Each year, hundreds of thousands of immigrants, from all corners of the globe, become United States citizens.

May 30 Citizenship Day

10 AM - 4 PM

(360) 416-7095 x 226
 Skagit Valley College
 Mt. Vernon Campus 
Lewis Hall, Room 66
2405 E. College Way 
Mt. Vernon, WA 98273

(360) 270-6988
Clark College
 1933 Ft. Vancouver Way, #AA-5208
 Vancouver, WA 98663

SeaMar Motel 
627 West Lewis
 Pasco, WA 99301

(253) 535-4202
Lacey Senior Center
 6757 Pacific Avenue SE 
Lacey, WA 98509

Questions? Call 1-877-926-3924 or visit Washington New Americans

What to bring to Citizenship Day:

•  Green Card
 • List of home addresses and dates from past five years 
• List of employers (names and addresses) and dates worked from past five years 
• Dates and itineraries of trips outside of U.S. since becoming a permanent resident
 • Children's complete names, birthdates and A#'s, if applicable 
• If you think you have been arrested or detained, or if you appeared in court for any reason in the last five years, bring ALL certified court & police documents.