The Washington Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association
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The Washington Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) PRESENTS: CITIZENSHIP DAY 2008 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Jorge Madrazo at (206) 306-4881 or Cynthia Irvine at (253) 520-5000 On April 19, 2008 the Washington chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) will present “Citizenship Day 2008,” a workshop providing assistance to state residents eligible for U.S. Citizenship. This event follows last year’s workshops, at which approximately 230 individuals received low-cost assistance with their applications for U.S. citizenship. Offered at eight locations (see below), Citizenship Day 2008 will be staffed by volunteer immigration attorneys, paralegals, interpreters and other community members. These teams will prepare citizenship applications for $20 to cover costs. Applicants will be able to consult with professionals and ensure that their documentation is complete. This workshop is only able to provide assistance for citizenship applications and is not staffed for general immigration matters. Recent developments and initiatives regarding immigration issues are encouraging permanent residents to seek citizenship as soon as they can. Each year, hundreds of thousands of immigrants, from all corners of the globe, embrace the ideals of freedom and democracy and become United States citizens. The Washington Chapter of AILA has developed a unique working partnership to undertake this effort. Partner organizations include: • Asian Counseling • El Centro de la Raza • Northwest Immigrant and Referral Service Rights Project • Hate Free Zone of • Casa Latina Washington • Skagit Valley College • Catholic Refugee & • The Latina/o Bar Immigration Services Association of • Sea Mar Community Washington Health Center • Centralia Community College • Lutheran Community • Vida Nueva Church Services Northwest • Centro Latino • Wenatchee • Nat’l Federation of Community Center • Clallam-Jefferson Filipino American County Pro Bono • Washington CAN! . Association Lawyers • Comité Pro-Amnistia The press is invited to cover the event. For further information please contact: Jorge Madrazo (206-306-4881 or email@example.com) or Cynthia Irvine (253-520-5000 or firstname.lastname@example.org), Co-Chairs Citizenship Day Promotions Committee. What: AILA Citizenship Day When: 10 AM- 4 PM, Saturday, April 19, 2008 Where: 8 Locations Across the State of Washington Centralia Centralia Community College (360) 736-9391 x 404 Learning Resource Center, Kirk Library Building 600 Centralia College Blvd., Centralia WA 98531 Mount Vernon Skagit Valley College, Lewis Hall 2405 E College Way, Mount Vernon, WA 98273 (360) 416-7095 Pasco Sea Mar Motel (509) 546-0865 627 West Lewis, Pasco, WA 99301 Port Angeles Clallam-Jefferson County Pro Bono Lawyers (360) 417-0818 816 E 8th St, Port Angeles, WA 98362 Tacoma Centro Latino 1208 S 10th St., Tacoma, WA 98405 (253) 572-7717 Tukwila Showalter Middle School (206) 723-2203 4628 S 144th St., Tukwila, WA 98168 Wenatchee Wenatchee Community Center (509) 888-1561 504 S Chelan, Wenatchee, WA 98801 Yakima Vida Nueva Church (509) 469-7700 1115 S 5th Ave, Yakima, WA 98902 You need to • Be at least 18 years old by the date you file • Have been a lawful permanent resident for at least the last five years (or three years, if married to a U.S. citizen). • Have been present in the U.S. for 2-1/2 of the past five years (or 1-1/2 of the past three, if married to a U.S. citizen), and have not been outside the U.S. for one year or more within the last five years (or three years, if married to a U.S. citizen) Wenatchee Wenatchee Community Center (509) 888-1561 504 S Chelan, Wenatchee, WA 98801 Yakima Vida Nueva Church (509) 469-7700 1115 S 5th Ave, Yakima, WA 98902 In partnership with Asian Counseling & Referral Service • Casa Latina • Catholic Refugee & Immigrant Services • Centralia Community College • Centro Latino • Clallam-Jefferson County Pro Bono Lawyers • Comité Pro- Amnistia Centro de la Raza • Hate Free Zone • Latina/o Bar Association of WA • Lutheran Community Services NW • Federation of Filipino American Assoc. • Northwest Immigrant Rights Project • Skagit Valley College • Sea Community Health Centers • Vida Nueva Church • Washington CAN! • Wenatchee Community Center What to Bring to Citizenship Day Everyone • Your Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) • $20 fee for assistance (includes the cost of copies – cash, check or money order made payable to "AILA Washington") • List of home addresses for the past five years and the dates during which you resided at these addresses • List of employer names and addresses for the past five years, including the dates you worked with these employers • Dates you have been outside of the U.S. since becoming a permanent resident and the countries you traveled to during these trips. Bring your passport, itineraries, and, if available, tickets to track all trips made outside the USA. • Your children’s complete names, dates of birth, and their A#s (alien registration numbers) if they have one • Your most recent tax return • $675 filing fee (exceptions possible) • 2 color passport photos • If possible bring an interpreter to translate Other documents • If the name on your green card is different than your current legal name: Bring the documents that legally changed your name (marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court document). • If you are applying for US citizenship based upon a marriage to a US citizen bring: o Information about your spouse and his or her previous marriages and divorces o Documents showing that you and your spouse are still living together (examples: tax returns, bank statements, leases, mortgages, birth certificates of your children). • If you have been married more than one time: o Bring marriage certificate and divorce (or death) decree, or specific dates of all marriages and divorces. o Bring proof of your payment of any court ordered support of any dependents. • If you have been outside the US for more than 6 months in any year since becoming a Permanent Resident: o Bring details about the dates you left and came back to the US, and proof that you maintained a job or home in the U.S. • If you have a dependent spouse or children who do not live with you bring: o Any court order requiring you to pay financial support; o Evidence of your financial support for your dependents (examples: cancelled checks, money order receipts, evidence of wage garnishments, or letter from the parent or guardian who cares for your children). • If you think you have been arrested, detained, or if you have had to appear before a court for any reason whether in the last five years or earlier: o Bring ALL court and police documents (examples: police report, court appearance and disposition) o EXCEPTION--Minor traffic violations (examples: parking tickets, speeding tickets). • If your federal, state, or local taxes are overdue (or you have failed to pay them): Bring copies of any documents, letters, or papers you sent to or received from the government about the problem. • Selective Service: In general, all men ages 18 to 25 present in the U.S. (regardless of citizenship or immigration status) are required to register for the U.S. Selective Service. Questions? Call the site or email: email@example.com You will not be tested on English/History at the workshop.