A free workshop to help Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) to prepare their
applications for citizenship and learn more about the naturalization process will take place November 20 in L.A. “Citizenship 101: Your Guide to Citizenship”, an instructional DVD and workbook set, will bedistributed to applicants.
Saturday, November 20, 2010, from 9 a.m.-to 1:30 p,m,
(Appointments are required. To make one, call APALC at (213) 977-7500)
Office of State Senator Lou Correa
2323 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92706
Korean Community Services, Office of State Senator Lou Correa, Orange County Asian
and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA), The Cambodian Family, Tongan
Community Service Center, Vietnamese Community of Orange County, Inc. (VNCOC),
Nguoi Viet Daily News, an official media partner for this event.
Citizenship is a cherished status that many AAPIs strive for.Â AAPIs have dominated the naturalization process, where since the 1970s, leading countries of birth for new citizens have been largely from Asia, such as India, Vietnam, Philippines, and China.Â However, becoming a U.S. citizen is often complicated and confusing process.
This workshop will enable green card holders to get help in determining their citizenship eligibility and completing their Application for Naturalization (Form N-400). APALC staff, pro bono attorneys, and trained volunteers will assist attendees individually to ensure that the N-400s are completed accurately and then filed with USCIS. Each attendee who completes the application at the workshop will receive a free copy of APALC’s instructional video and accompanying workbook, Citizenship 101: Your Guide to Citizenship. Qualifying applicants will also be placed in a raffle to receive a $100 reimbursement from their naturalization fee.
Although there are waivers and exceptions that may apply in certain cases, generally, in order to naturalize, a person must:
Be at least 18 years old
Be a permanent resident (“green card holder”)
Have continuously resided in the U.S. for at least 5 years as a permanent resident
Have been physically present in the U.S. for at least 2 Â½ years
Demonstrate good moral character
Have a basic understanding of U.S. government and history, and
Be able to understand, speak, read, and write basic English.
Founded in 1983, the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advocating for civil rights, providing legal services and education, and building coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Pacific Americans and to create a more equitable and harmonious society. APALC is a member of Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, which also includes Asian American Institute (Chicago, IL), Asian American Justice Center (Washington, DC) and Asian Law Caucus (San Francisco, CA).