The Florida immigrant coalition, AFL-CIO South Florida and AILA host a two-day citizenship workshop this week in celebration of National Citizenship Day. Citizenship workshops will be held at the AFL-CIO office located on 4349 NW 36th Street, Miami FL, 33166. With a heated presidential election ahead, immigrants are seeking to naturalize and become part of the electoral process.
“A total of 1.2 million permanent residents currently live and contribute to the economic growth, and rich culture Florida is known for.” said Ivan Parra, Citizenship coordinator at the Florida Immigrant Coalition. “Although it may be too late to naturalize in time to cast their vote in November, their voice takes us one step closer to a more fair and diverse democracy.”
Pro bono attorneys, and trained volunteers, will assist attending applicants to determine their citizenship eligibility and completing their Application for Naturalization, also known as the Form N-400.
Events that provide legal assistance to legal permanent residents who are seeking to naturalize are extremely important since less than 10% of those eligible actually apply*. Many immigrants face barriers to applying for citizenship, such as inability to afford the $680 application fee plus the cost of a private lawyer, limited English language proficiency and lack of knowledge about the process.
Eligible applicants will not only receive free legal assistance at the workshop, but those who meet federal poverty guidelines will also be able to complete a form to waive the application fee. Walk-ins are welcomed from 10AM to 1PM.
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