New Citizen Campaign

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2017 Citizenship Clinics and Citizenship Information

About the New Citizen Campaign (NCC)

About the New Citizen Program (NCP)

 

2017 Citizenship Clinics

A team of volunteer attorneys, paralegals, and interpreters will help you with your N-400 citizenship application. It's FREE for all eligible legal permanent residents (green card holders). Similar to the larger-scale Citizenship Workshops, Citizenship Clinics are smaller in scale, with attendee goals of 30-50 people legal permanent residents.

For more information, you can also call our hotline at (206) 386-9090.

Date

Communities
Served*

Location

Partnering Organizations

*Clinics will focus on specific communities for outreach and interpreter recruitment, but all are open to any permanent resident eligible to naturalize.

5/20
Saturday
10am-1pm
Vietnamese
Flyer-Viet
Flyer-Eng
Asian Counseling and
Referral Service (ACRS)

3639 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA  98144
ACRS and OneAmerica
       
6/17
Saturday
10am-1pm
East African
Flyer-Eng (color)
Flyer-Eng (b&w)
Refugee Women's
Alliance (ReWA)

4008 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA  98108
ReWA and Horn of Africa Services
       
6/24
Saturday
10am-1pm
Chinese
Flyer-Eng (color)
Flyer-Eng (b&w)
Chinese Information and
Service Center (CISC)

611 S Lane St
Seattle, WA  98104
CISC
       
8/26
Saturday
10am-1pm
East African Rainier Beach
Community Center

8825 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA  98118
CISC and Horn of Africa Services
       

9/16
Saturday
10am-1pm

Korean St. Andrew Kim Korean
Catholic Church

11700 1st Ave NE
Seattle, WA  98125
ACRS and Korean Community Service Center
       
9/23
Saturday
10am-1pm
Latino and
Middle Eastern
Catholic Community Services
of Western Washington

100 23rd Ave
Seattle, WA  98144
Catholic Immigration Legal Services
       
TBD Filipino Beacon United
Methodist Church

7301 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA  98108
ReWA
       
12/2
Saturday
10am-1pm
Latino and
Korean
South Park
Community Center

8319 8th Ave S
Seattle, WA  98108
OneAmerica and Korean Community Service Center

 

 

What to Bring to a Citizenship Clinic

Download this complete list of documents to bring to the workshop / Descargue esta lista de documentos para llevar con usted al taller.

 

Citizenship Application Eligibility

  • Be at least 18 years old by the date you file.
  • Have been a lawful permanent resident for at least the last 5 years (or 3 years, if married to a U.S. citizen).
  • Have been present in the U.S. for 2.5 of the past 5 years (or 1.5 of the past 3, if married to a U.S. citizen) and have not been outside the U.S. for 1 year or more within the last 5 years (or 3 years, if married to a U.S. citizen).

 

Why You Should Become a U.S. CitizenA new American with USCIS representative Anne Corsano.

I. U.S. citizenship provides several unique rights and benefits:

  • Right to vote.
  • A U.S. passport.
  • Serve on a jury.
  • Become an elected official.
  • Become eligible for federal jobs.
  • Increased access to public benefits, employment, and educational opportunities.
  • Full protection under the United States Constitution.
  • Live outside the United States and take long trips outside the United States.
  • U.S. citizenship for children under 18.
  • You cannot be deported.
  • U.S. comes to your aid if traveling overseas.
  • You have priority if you want to help family members immigrate to the U.S.
  • You may benefit from dual citizenship.
  • Naturalized citizens tend to make more than 11% more than legal permanent residents. (Source: dornsife.usc.edu/assets/sites/731/docs/citizen_gain_web.pdf)
  • Increases civic participation.
  • Increases English fluency.
  • Increases self-worth, asset-building, and sense of belonging.

 

 


 

 

 

New Citizen Campaign

The New Citizen Campaign is an effort to help the tens of thousands of Seattle legal permanent residents (LPRs) become U.S. citizens. This campaign utilizes outreach and education, citizenship curriculum and legal assistance, and engagement with local and national partners to achieve our goal of naturalizing the over 75,000 LPRs living in the Seattle/King County area.

Because of our 2016 and 2017 citizenship workshops, the campaign is well on its way of achieving our goals. We anticipate a 63% increase in the number of eligible residents served to become naturalized citizens. In 2017, we expect a 125% increase.

New Citizen Campaign Action Items

  • Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union partnership has developed a citizenship loan product to reduce financial barriers and increase access to banking services. You can find out more about this loan here.
  • USCIS partnership to promote citizenship and make resources easily available.
  • Broad public awareness campaign utilizing ethnic media and social media in multiple languages to highlight the benefits of citizenship.
  • New Citizen Campaign web portal will act as a clearinghouse for information and resources relevant to Seattle residents.
  • Citizenship Clinics and Workshops: group processing events and clinics in immigrant-dense neighborhoods.
  • New partnerships with national coalitions, local networks, financial institutions, business, labor, and community-based organizations.

Download a flyer about the New Citizen Campaign. (Right-click, then select, "Save link as..." and save to your computer.)

For more information about the New Citizen Campaign, contact Christina Guros at (206) 684-5705 or christina.guros@seattle.gov.

 

 


 

New Citizen Program

Can't make it to a Citizenship Clinic or Citizenship Workshop event? Consider attending a class or program with a New Citizen Program organization (NCP). NCP is a component of the New Citizen Campaign. Through a consortium of 13 community-based organization partners (see below), NCP provides free naturalization services to immigrants and refugees who are low-income, elderly, illiterate, or have limited English skills living in Seattle/King County. Services include citizenship instruction/tutoring, interview preparation, assistance with submitting applications/waivers, and referrals for legal assistance. In-language services are available in Mandarin, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Cantonese, Tongan, Samoan, Korean, Amharic, Tigrinya, Russian, Ukrainian, Romanian, Moldavian, Spanish, Burmese, Polish, French, and Arabic.

Since its inception, NCP has served over 17,800 people, provided naturalization assistance to over 11,300 legal permanent residents (LPRs), successfully naturalized 8,900 LPRs, and provided over 82,800 hours of instruction.

These 13 nonprofit organizations are members of the NCP consortium. Located across Seattle/King County, they offer classes that can help you become a naturalized U.S. citizen. Click below to find out more information about English as a second language and citizenship classes near you:

Deputy Mayor Kim congratulating a new American.Asian Counseling and Referral Service

Catholic Community Services of Western Washington

Chinese Information and Service Center

Jewish Family Service

Literacy Source

Lutheran Community Services Northwest

Multicultural Self-Sufficiency Movement

Neighborhood House

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project

Refugee Women's Alliance

Sea Mar Community Health Centers

St. James Immigrant Assistance

Ukrainian Community Center of Washington

 

Download a flyer about the New Citizen Program. (Right-click, then select, "Save link as..." and save to your computer.)

For more information about the New Citizen Program, contact Meghan Kelly-Stallings at (206) 386-1882 or meghan.kelly-stallings@seattle.gov.

Funding for NCP is provided by the City of Seattle, Seattle Housing Authority, and the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.

Mayor Edward B. Murray and USCIS Field Director Anne Corsano pose with a new U.S. citizen on Citizenship Day 2015.

Banner photo credit: Alabastro Photography.