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August 26, 2014 > Free help applying for citizenship

Free help applying for citizenship

Submitted By Eleonore 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 fourth Citizenship Day to be held Saturday, October 18.

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 either on the internet at or by telephone. Registrations in English and Spanish are taken at (510) 451-2846, in Chinese at (510) 251-2846 and in Dari/Farsi at (510) 894-3639.

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 have full civic participation in this country and can make their voices heard.

Among the local non-profits leading the charge to increase the number of citizens is Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, Catholic Charities of the East Bay, Centro Legal de la Raza, East Bay Sanctuary, International Institute of the Bay Area, Korean Community Center of the East Bay, International Rescue Committee and the Jewish Family and ChildrensÕ Services. In 2011, these immigration service providers created the East Bay 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.

Member organizations of the East Bay Naturalization Collaborative 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. 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, Oct 18
9:30 a.m.
Fremont Family Resource Center
Bldg. EFGH-Caribbean Rm. Suite H830
39155 Liberty Street, Fremont
Pre-register: (510) 451-2846/ (510) 251-2846/ (510) 894-3639

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