21 Jun

Immigrant Heritage Month – Yalitza’s Story

On Saturday June 10th, East Bay Naturalization in partnership with the City of Hayward and the New Americans Campaign held a citizenship workshop where we helped people complete their citizenship applications and if eligible, the fee waiver as well.  It was a successful day has we helped over 100 move closer to becoming U.S. citizens.

We had the opportunity to sit down with several participants where they shared their personal experience immigrating to the United States in honor of immigrant heritage month and what this process means to them.

Yalitza, from Mexico, shared with a volunteer the long immigration process she has gone through since arriving at a young age:

 “Well I came here when I was 6 years old, as I was growing up I went through the whole immigration process and it just so happened to be that they messed up with my application so it took many more years than it should have so I actually got my residency right before I started college. So I got these letters and everything but I was having issues with schools because I didn’t have it [residency] yet to so they weren’t able to offer me financial aid packages. But it was like a miracle because it came that summer before I was going to start [college] and so now I’m here trying to become a citizen.”

Yalitza was asked to share her reasons for applying for U.S. citizenship.

“Well to be honest, becoming or not becoming a US citizen wasn’t really important to me. Nationality is… First I am human so it didn’t really have any pressure to become a citizen. But with everything that is going on right now and my green card will expire next year I figured I would apply for citizenship. And I was practically raised here so I do have roots here.”

Yalitza went on to speak about her dual identity and the struggle of identifying as Mexican while being raised in the U.S. When she was asked what becoming an American citizen means to her she explained:

“I have mixed feelings because I am human first. I have always considered myself Mexican but at the same time I know I’m not just Mexican, I’m Mexican American even though I don’t usually call myself a Mexican American. So to me it’s a piece of paper but I feel that maybe at the same time I feeling like a somewhat don’t belong here so maybe that piece of paper will make a statement that I do [belong here].”

We are thankful to Yalitza and all those who were willing to open up and share their personal stories on the path to become U.S. citizens. These journeys are rarely straightforward as Yalitza demonstrated with the difficulty she experienced in getting her residency. Good luck to all those in the naturalization!

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19 Jun

Citizenship Workshop San Pablo 6.19.17

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Free Citizenship Application & Fee Waiver Assistance Event

Monday, June 19th, 2017
3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

2300 El Portal Dr, San Pablo, CA 94806 

(Registration is Recommended)

 

Plan to spend the SEVERAL hours at our event! Please remember to bring food or drink with you.

Or Call to Register:

San Pablo Library: (510) 374-3998

APILO: 510-251-2846

Event Flyers:

(Registration is Recommended)

Come get free assistance with:

  • Step-by-step review of the naturalization process
  • Assessment of your ability to naturalize
  • Application preparation & document packaging, if eligible to naturalize
  • Application review by an immigration attorney or qualified legal representative

Documents to Bring:

  • 2 copies of your green card (front and back)
  • List of your addresses and employment and/or schools for the past 5 years, including start and end dates.
  • List of all your trips out of the U.S. including departure and return dates.
  • If you are currently married: spouse’s full legal name, date of birth, green card A#, date and place of naturalization, and current address
  • Information about all your prior marriages and about all of your current spouse’s prior marriages; including date of marriage, date the marriage ended, and how marriage ended.
  • If you have children: their full name, dates of birth, green card A#, and address.
  • Documentation of all arrests and/or convictions, including reason for the arrest, date, place, and outcome/ disposition. Bring ALL arrest and court documents, even if the charges were dropped.
  • Application Filing Fee: $725 check or money order, payable to “Department of Homeland Security” (if 75 years or older, only $640). If you qualify for the application fee waiver* YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PAY to the Immigration Service.
  • *Fee Waiver: Bring documents proving that your household income is low, like pay stubs, income taxes and/or proof that you or a relevant household member receive public benefits like SSI, IHSS, Medi-Cal, food stamps/ CalFresh, WIC, CalWorks, Cash Assistance, etc.

Before attending the workshop we advise everyone who is registered to fill out the N-400 form as much as possible. Please make sure to complete the form in BLACK INK. The form can be found at the following link:

N-400 Instructions

N-400 Form

N-400 Form (Spanish)

N-400 Form (Chinese)

N-400 Form (Vietnamese) 

10 Jun

Citizenship Workshop Hayward, Saturday June 10th, 2017

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Free Citizenship Application & Fee Waiver Assistance Event

Saturday, June 10th, 2017
10:30 AM – 2:00 PM Hayward City Hall 777 B St, Hayward, CA 94541
 

(Registration is Recommended – Walk-ins will only be accepted at 12:00pm)

Click Here to Register!

Plan to spend the WHOLE day at our event! Please remember to bring food or drink with you.

Walk-ins will only be accepted at 12:00pm

Or Call to Register:

>> For Spanish:

(510) 952-7933
(Google voice) Tiene que hablar con alguien para registrarse

>> For English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Korean, and other Asian Languages:

(510) 251-2846
(API Legal Outreach)

>> For Farsi & Dari:

(510) 894-3639
(International Institute of the Bay Area) 

Event Flyers:

(Registration is Recommended)

Come get free assistance with:

  • Step-by-step review of the naturalization process
  • Assessment of your ability to naturalize
  • Application preparation & document packaging, if eligible to naturalize
  • Application review by an immigration attorney or qualified legal representative

Documents to Bring:

  • 2 copies of your green card (front and back)
  • List of your addresses and employment and/or schools for the past 5 years, including start and end dates.
  • List of all your trips out of the U.S. including departure and return dates.
  • If you are currently married: spouse’s full legal name, date of birth, green card A#, date and place of naturalization, and current address
  • Information about all your prior marriages and about all of your current spouse’s prior marriages; including date of marriage, date the marriage ended, and how marriage ended.
  • If you have children: their full name, dates of birth, green card A#, and address.
  • Documentation of all arrests and/or convictions, including reason for the arrest, date, place, and outcome/ disposition. Bring ALL arrest and court documents, even if the charges were dropped.
  • Application Filing Fee: $725 check or money order, payable to “Department of Homeland Security” (if 75 years or older, only $640). If you qualify for the application fee waiver* YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PAY to the Immigration Service.
  • *Fee Waiver: Bring documents proving that your household income is low, like pay stubs, income taxes and/or proof that you or a relevant household member receive public benefits like SSI, IHSS, Medi-Cal, food stamps/ CalFresh, WIC, CalWorks, Cash Assistance, etc.

Before attending the workshop we advise everyone who is registered to fill out the N-400 form as much as possible. Please make sure to complete the form in BLACK INK. The form can be found at the following link:

N-400 Instructions

N-400 Form

N-400 Form (Spanish)

N-400 Form (Chinese)

N-400 Form (Vietnamese) 

26 Apr

Naturalization in the Bay Area

In 2013 there were “an estimated 13.1 million LPRs lived in the United States on January 1, 2013, and 8.8 million of them were eligible to naturalize.” (DHS) Since then, the number has only grown. The East Bay Naturalization Collaborative (EBNatz) has been working hard to eligible green card holders apply for their citizenship.  The Easy Bay Times recently wrote an article about naturalization in our community entitle “Immigrants become citizens, illustrating democracy at work“.  EBNatz has been helping increased numbers of LPRs during these trying times. Our next workshop will be held on June 10th at Hayward City Hall.

22 Apr

Citizenship Workshop Fremont, Saturday April 22, 2017

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Workshop is now FULL. Please sign up for our June workshop. Thank you for your interest.

 Sign up for waiting list here. WE CANNOT GUARANTEE THAT WE WILL SERVE YOU THIS DAY. NO PODEMOS GARANTIZAR QUE NOSOTROS LE SERVIREMOS ESTE DIA.

Free Citizenship Application & Fee Waiver Assistance Event

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Fremont Family Resource Center 39155 Liberty St., Fremont, CA 94538 Building EFGH Caribbean Room Suite H830
 

(Registration is Recommended – Walk-ins will only be accepted at 12:00pm)

Click Here to Register!

Walk-ins will only be accepted at 12:00pm

Or Call to Register:

>> For Spanish:

(510) 952-7933
(Google voice)

>> For English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Korean, and other Asian Languages:

(510) 251-2846
(API Legal Outreach)

>> For Farsi & Dari:

(510) 894-3639
(International Institute of the Bay Area) 

Event Flyers:

(Registration is Recommended)

Come get free assistance with:

  • Step-by-step review of the naturalization process
  • Assessment of your ability to naturalize
  • Application preparation & document packaging, if eligible to naturalize
  • Application review by an immigration attorney or qualified legal representative

Documents to Bring:

  • 2 copies of your green card (front and back)
  • List of your addresses and employment and/or schools for the past 5 years, including start and end dates.
  • List of all your trips out of the U.S. including departure and return dates.
  • If you are currently married: spouse’s full legal name, date of birth, green card A#, date and place of naturalization, and current address
  • Information about all your prior marriages and about all of your current spouse’s prior marriages; including date of marriage, date the marriage ended, and how marriage ended.
  • If you have children: their full name, dates of birth, green card A#, and address.
  • Documentation of all arrests and/or convictions, including reason for the arrest, date, place, and outcome/ disposition. Bring ALL arrest and court documents, even if the charges were dropped.
  • Application Filing Fee: $725 check or money order, payable to “Department of Homeland Security” (if 75 years or older, only $640). If you qualify for the application fee waiver* YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PAY to the Immigration Service.
  • *Fee Waiver: Bring documents proving that your household income is low, like pay stubs, income taxes and/or proof that you or a relevant household member receive public benefits like SSI, IHSS, Medi-Cal, food stamps/ CalFresh, WIC, CalWorks, Cash Assistance, etc.

Before attending the workshop we advise everyone who is registered to fill out the N-400 form as much as possible. Please make sure to complete the form in BLACK INK. The form can be found at the following link:

N-400 Instructions

N-400 Form

N-400 Form (Spanish)

N-400 Form (Chinese)

N-400 Form (Vietnamese)