ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER CIVIC LEADERS, GROUPS SPONSOR FREE CITIZENSHIP APPLICATION WORKSHOP

WHAT: A free workshop to help Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) to prepare their

applications for citizenship and learn more about the naturalization process. Citizenship

101: Your Guide to Citizenship, an instructional DVD available in 6 Asian languages and

workbookwill be distributed to applicants.

WHEN: 10 am to 4 pm, Saturday, March 26, 2011
WHERE: Rosemead Community Center

3936 Muscatel Avenue

Rosemead, CA 91770

WHO: Office of Congresswoman Judy Chu, Office of Assemblymember Mike Eng,

City of Rosemead, Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Asian Pacific Family Center, Chinese Progressive Association of San Gabriel Valley, Chinatown Service Center

WHY: Citizenship is a cherished status that many AAPIs strive for. However, many AAPIs

remain eligible to naturalize but have not completed the process because it can be a

confusing and complicated, as well as expensive, process.  The workshops will help

green card holders determine citizenship eligibility, complete the naturalization

application and assess their eligibility for waivers.  APALC staff, pro bono attorneys, and trained volunteers will assist attendees individually to ensure that their forms are completed accurately and then filed with US Citizenship and Immigration Services.

This workshop is the first of a series that will be held throughout California as part of

APALC’s AAPI Naturalization Network—the first step in APALC’s multi-stage civic engagement effort to encourage new Americans to participate civically in their communities, including voting and speaking out on important issues. Following their naturalization, new AAPI citizens will be encouraged to register to vote, as well as receive information of how the U.S. government and elections process generally works.

Appointments are suggested. Please call APALC at (213) 977-7500.

Generally, in order to naturalize, an individual must:

§ Be at least 18 years old

§ Be a permanent resident (“green card holder”)

§ Have continuously resided in the U.S. for at least five years as a permanent resident

§ Have been physically present in the U.S. for at least two and a half years

§ Demonstrate good moral character

§ Have a basic understanding of U.S. government and history

§ Be able to understand, speak, read and write basic English.

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