Pro Bono Citizenship Day Events In March 2012

For more than 200 years, America has remained strong because of its diverse citizenship and the common civic values we share.  On the Philadelphia area’s Pro Bono Citizenship Day, local attorneys will help lawful permanent residents achieve their American dream by applying for U.S. citizenship.  Co-sponsored by 15 community organizations, Pro Bono Citizenship Day has broad support in the Philadelphia Area.

The Pro Bono Citizenship Day lead-up activities begin in mid-March.  Local immigration attorneys from the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) will present information sessions at local community organization sites.  All are welcome to attend.  The immigration lawyers will explain the U.S. citizenship process and assess an individual’s eligibility.  Eligible individuals can then schedule an appointment for assistance on Pro Bono Citizenship Day later in March.

Pro Bono Citizenship Day events in Philadelphia and Upper Darby will be staffed by volunteer attorneys, legal assistants, interpreters and other community members.  These teams will guide eligible permanent residents through the application for naturalization and represent them in the process.  Pro Bono Citizenship Day assistance is available at no cost, and therefore is aimed at eligible low-income permanent residents who would not otherwise be able to afford assistance with the application process.

Becoming a U.S. citizen is a win-win for immigrants and the communities they live in. New citizens gain voting rights, personal and family security, and job opportunities.  In turn, they help keep America strong and vibrant by contributing their voices to the civic dialogue, their efforts and initiatives to growing and innovating our economy, and their dedication to the American ideals of freedom and democracy.

Sponsors: Pro Bono Citizenship Day a collaborative community-wide project, is sponsored by the American Immigration Lawyers Association – Philadelphia Chapter, African Center for Education and Sustainability, Asian Americans United, Boat People SOS-Delaware, District 1199c Training and Upgrading Fund, Esperanza, HIAS Pennsylvania, Korean Community Development Services Center, Mayor’s Commission on Literacy, Multicultural Community Family Services of Upper Darby, Nationalities Service Center, New World Association, Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition, Philadelphia VIP, School District of Philadelphia Multilingual Family Support Office, and the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians.  More organizations are joining all the time.

Information Sessions: Information sessions will cover three topics:

  1. Explanation of the U.S. citizenship application process and eligibility criteria
  2. Individual screening for eligibility
  3. Appointment scheduling for Pro Bono Citizenship Day meetings

The information sessions and screenings will be conducted in English.  Interested applicants who need language assistance are asked to bring their own reliable interpreter.

Information sessions will be held at various locations throughout Philadelphia and in Upper Darby.

West Philly Saturday, March 10, 12pm ACES African Center for Education & Sustainability

6401 Elmwood Avenue, Philadelphia, PA  19142

South Philly Monday, March, 12, 6pm St. Thomas Aquinas Parish

1719 Morris Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145

Center City  Tuesday, March, 13, 4pm Nationalities Service Center

1216 Arch St. 4th Floor, Philadelphia, PA  19107

Olney   Thursday, March, 15, 2pm Korean Community Development Services Center

6055 North 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA  19120

NE Philly Monday, March, 19, 5:30pm New World Association

9857 Bustleton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA  19115

North Philly Thursday, March 22, 6pm Esperanza

4261 North 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA  19140

Upper Darby Saturday, March, 24, 12pm Multicultural Community Family Services

7016 Terminal Sq, Suite 1-A, Upper Darby, PA  19082

View the map at:  https://batchgeo.com/map/dc0d2e8073bf592c8c9553ed4da054b1

Interested attorneys: Attorneys from all practice areas are being recruited to offer pro bono service. Training, CLE credit and on-site support will be provided. Interested attorneys can sign up online at:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WDTBKXT or contact Shaloo Jose at SJose@HIASPA.org.

Philadelphia and Upper Darby, PA:   Pro Bono U.S. Citizenship Day is an opportunity for eligible low income permanent residents to receive free assistance and  legal representation in applying for U.S. citizenship.  Becoming a U.S. citizen is a win-win for immigrants and the communities they live in.  Legal immigrants gain voting rights, security, and job opportunities.  In turn, they keep America values strong and vibrant by contributing their voices to the civic dialogue, their efforts and initiatives to growing and innovating our economy, and their dedication to the American ideals of freedom and democracy.

Free information sessions and volunteer attorney recruitment are being coordinated by the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Information Sessions:  Free information sessions will cover:  Explanation of the U.S. citizenship application process and eligibility criteria; Individual screening for eligibility; and  Appointment scheduling for Pro Bono Citizenship Day.  The information sessions and screenings will be conducted in English.  Interested applicants who need language assistance are asked to bring their own reliable interpreter.

Information sessions will be held at various locations throughout Philadelphia and in Upper Darby:

West Philly              Saturday, March 10, 12pm                            ACES African Center for Education & Sustainability

6401 Elmwood Avenue, Philadelphia, PA  19142

South Philly              Monday, March, 12, 6pm                            St. Thomas Aquinas Parish

1719 Morris Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145

Center City               Tuesday, March, 13, 4pm                            Nationalities Service Center

1216 Arch St. 4th Floor, Philadelphia, PA  19107

Olney                            Thursday, March, 15, 2pm                            Korean Community Development Services Center

6055 North 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA  19120

NE Philly              Monday, March, 19, 5:30pm              New World Association

9857 Bustleton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA  19115

North Philly              Thursday, March 22, 6pm                            Esperanza

4261 North 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA  19140

Upper Darby              Saturday, March, 24, 12pm              Multicultural Community Family Services

7016 Terminal Sq, Suite 1-A, Upper Darby, PA  19082

View the map at:  https://batchgeo.com/map/dc0d2e8073bf592c8c9553ed4da054b1

Interested attorneys:   Attorneys from all practice areas are being recruited to offer pro bono service.  Training, CLE credit and on-site support will be provided.  Interested attorneys can sign up online at:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WDTBKXT or contact Shaloo Jose at SJose@HIASPA.org.

Sponsors of Pro Bono Citizenship Day:  Pro Bono Citizenship Day a collaborative community-wide project, is sponsored by the American Immigration Lawyers Association – Philadelphia Chapter, African Center for Education and Sustainability, Asian Americans United, Boat People SOS-Delaware, District 1199c Training and Upgrading Fund, Esperanza, HIAS Pennsylvania, Korean Community Development Services Center, Mayor’s Commission on Literacy, Multicultural Community Family Services of Upper Darby, Nationalities Service Center, New World Association, Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition, Philadelphia VIP, School District of Philadelphia Multilingual Family Support Office, and the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians.  More organizations are joining all the time.

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