Thanks to our great team of volunteers, SWOP was able to help seventy-six people at the December Citizenship Workshop which SWOP hosted. At these monthly workshops, individuals received a legal screening and, if eligible, filled out their N-400 application for naturalization. Each applicant also got an opportunity to apply for a fee waiver which is intended to help low income individuals who cannot afford the current $725 immigration fee (application and biometrics).
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published its proposed fee schedule regulation that if implemented would increase the citizenship application fees by 83 percent, increasing Citizenship application fee from $640 to $1,170! This would, without a doubt, make the citizenship process less accessible and more challenging for our low income families.
SWOP holds Citizenship events once a month at different locations in Chicago. Look at our Upcoming Events page to see when they’re scheduled. The next workshop is on Saturday, February 1. This event is by appointment. For more information and to reserve your space at the workshop contact Adriana Velazquez at (773) 471-8208 ext. 113 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers from attorneys to interpreters to logistics make these workshops possible. Trainings are scheduled regularly in preparation for workshops. Contact Adriana if you want to volunteer at the workshops.