Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

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Advancing Justice-LA Expands Naturalization Services, Urges Eligible Immigrants to Naturalize

After the election, Advancing Justice - Los Angeles witnessed a surge of clients interested in becoming U.S. citizens. Last month, temporary staff were hired to meet the demand and support expanding naturalization assistance to Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) immigrants living in Los Angeles County. Further, with anti-immigrant sentiment growing across the country, Advancing Justice-LA urges eligible individuals to not delay in applying for citizenship.

Orange County Collaboration Expands Immigration Screenings and Citizenship Services

In light of growing anti-immigrant sentiment across the country, all immigrants regardless of current legal status are encouraged to protect themselves by seeking comprehensive immigration screenings if undocumented and applying for citizenship if eligible (green card holder). To meet this growing need, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Orange County (Advancing Justice-OC) has expanded its citizenship services with the addition of two new staff attorneys. The new attorneys add Korean and Chinese language capacity and services are open to eligible immigrants, both Asian and non-Asian.  Advancing Justice-OC is part of a county-wide collaborative of service providers offering free to low-cost immigration and citizenship services that are both linguistically and culturally appropriate. 

 

Fee Increases For U.S. Citizenship Application to Begin Before End of Year

LOS ANGELES - For the first time in six years, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will increase the fees required for many immigration applications and petitions, including the application for U.S. Citizenship. Currently, it costs $680 to apply for naturalization. Beginning December 23, 2016, the application fee will increase by $45, resulting in a total cost of $725 to apply for naturalization. In addition, the application fee for certificate of citizenship will nearly double from $600 to $1,170.

Pan Asian Citizenship Event Targets Asian American Immigrants to Become U.S. Citizens

LOS ANGELES – In recognition of National Citizenship Day on September 17, the Endless Possibilities. Citizenship Now! campaign hosted a “Pan Asian Citizenship Event” at the East Los Angeles Community Service Center. Southern California is home to an estimated 300,000 Asian immigrants eligible for U.S. Citizenship. Of this, more than half, or 165,000, live in Los Angeles County alone.

New Orange County Collaborative Provides Immigration Services To Undocumented Youth, On 4th Anniversary Of DACA Program

Garden Grove, CA - Today marks the fourth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, authorized by President Obama in the summer of 2012.  With many undocumented young immigrants still not yet signed up for DACA, a new Orange County collaborative announced an expansion of free immigration services targeting immigrant families in the County.

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