Collaborative of Community Agencies and Volunteers are Preparing to Provide Legal Assistance to Thousands of Immigrants Eligible for U.S. Citizenship
The Santa Clara County Citizenship Collaborative will host its 28th Citizenship Day event on Saturday, April 21, 2018, to offer permanent residents initial legal assessment and citizenship application assistance in 14 languages. All services are free.
Agencies and volunteers will provide information about payment assistance programs for citizenship applications, as well as partial and full fee waivers offered by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Various organizations will provide information on legal services, resources and benefits for immigrants, such as English as a Second Language (ESL), adult education, food assistance and health care.
Last year, close to 1,500 people attended a total of 19 citizenship orientations where more than 180 volunteers helped them. Nearly 400 individuals were screened for eligibility and more than 260 citizenship applications were processed.
Given the current political climate, the following agencies partnered to form a Citizenship Collaborative: the Center for Employment Training (CET), Immigration and Citizenship Program; Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN); Asian Law Alliance; Catholic Charities; and the Santa Clara County’s Office of Immigrant Relations.
Over 50 representatives from these organizations will be available to provide guidance and assistance with the help of immigration attorneys and more than 200 volunteers. Other partners and supporters of this effort include San Jose City College, the City of San Jose’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
The upcoming Citizenship Day event in San Jose is free. We highly recommend registering prior to attending. by calling the Citizenship Collaborative at (408) 444-9975. You will find information in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.