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April 23, 2013 > Get Help Applying for Citizenship

Get Help Applying for Citizenship

By Linette Escobar

The International Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA) is partnering with the Fremont Family Resource Center (FRC) for their second annual Citizenship Day April 27th as part of the East Bay Naturalization Collaborative. At this event, people eligible for citizenship can receive assistance in filling out the naturalization application and fee waivers, if necessary. Translators will be available to assist with language capacity in Spanish, Chinese and Farsi. Last year over 200 people attended, so interested parties should call and pre-register at (510) 451-2846 ext. 315.

When you call, you will be advised about what documents to bring. Additionally, participants must bring a $680 application fee (if 75 years or older, the fee is $595). Fees can be paid by check or money order, payable to "Department of Homeland Security."

There are many benefits to becoming a citizen including the opportunity to apply to sponsor parents and siblings. U.S. Citizens have the right to vote which is a sure way to make your voice heard.

The International Institute of the Bay Area has a 94-year history of providing services to immigrants and wants to make sure Tri-City residents receive trustworthy and low-cost legal advice. Countless immigrants have been exploited by those who claim to be immigration "experts" but who are actually scam artists interested in one thing; their own pockets. IIBA provides critical and accurate information about immigrant rights and responsibilities, and represents immigrants in applications for legal status. It helps people navigate the potentially complex world of immigration law.

IIBA currently has offices in five counties in the Bay Area. They are partnering with the Family Resource Center to bring legal services to Fremont. Legal clinics are held every fourth Wednesday of the month from 1-4 p.m. Registration begins at 1 p.m.

Everyone is welcome for a free overview presentation on immigration from 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. For those interested in individual legal consultations with licensed attorneys and accredited representatives, the cost is $30.

To learn more about IIBA legal services or to register for citizenship day, please call (510) 451-2846 ext. 315.

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