A coalition of local and national organizations representing Latino, immigrant, legal, educational, and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) communities and unions will hold a U.S. citizenship workshop to assist up to 150 eligible legal permanent residents complete their naturalization applications. The workshop will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 8 in Clues, 720 E. Lake St., Minneapolis.
At this free workshop, eligible attendees can receive assistance in completing the N-400 application, meet with immigration attorneys to review their application, obtain their passport photographs and obtain study materials to prepare for the naturalization interview. Applicants are responsible for paying their own naturalization application fee of $680, with the submission of their completed application, through checks or money orders payable to the Department of Homeland Security.
In Minnesota, more than 70,000 legal permanent residents are eligible to become U.S. citizens. Ruby Lee, President of Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES), states, “CLUES supports efforts that focus on comprehensive immigration reform. Immigrants have contributed to making this country into one of the world’s greatest, and they continue to have a fundamental role in sustaining the fabric of our society. CIR gives us the opportunity to create a new narrative for undocumented immigrants who come here for liberty and opportunity – a narrative that brings them from out of the shadows and treats them with dignity and respect. Pathways to citizenship for DREAMERS and others are essential in order for the U.S. to improve its economy and performance in worldwide skilled labor markets and innovation.”