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By The Skanner News | The Skanner News
Published: 20 May 2009

Voting rights, safety and job opportunity are just a few of the benefits that citizenship brings. On May 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 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 Feb. 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, 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 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the following locations:

(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.


About Washington New Americans
The Washington New Americans (WNA) program is a partnership between the State of Washington and OneAmerica, a non-profit dedicated to advancing justice and equality.

Our goal is to promote successful immigrant integration by connecting eligible Legal Permanent Residents ("green card" holders) to the information and services they need to successfully pursue citizenship and become active members of our community.

We work in partnership with the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and community organizations across Washington to provide the following FREE services:
•    Information about the naturalization process
•    Citizenship application assistance (N-400 forms only)
•    Legal review of applications by a volunteer attorney or accredited representative

Additionally, we provide FREE workshops to help you prepare for the citizenship interview and learn about
community engagement.

To find out about events and service providers in your area, please call  877.926.3924 or sign up here.


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

Full List of Items to Bring




Benefits of Citizenship


•    Right to vote
•    Sponsor family members to immigrate to the United States
•    Automatically gain United States citizenship for children who are under 18 years old
•    Travel and live overseas without worrying about losing your legal status in the United States or obtaining a reentry permit
•    No fear of deportation
•    More employment opportunities


Full List of Benefits

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