Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

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Advancing Justice-LA Encourages Asian Community to Naturalize

Advancing Justice-LA to host Pan Asian Citizenship Event, Offering Free Citizenship Application Assistance on May 18th
LOS ANGELES, CA — In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) will be hosting a free Pan Asian Citizenship Clinic on May 18th. The clinic will provide attendees free citizenship services, including: eligibility screenings, application assistance, and legal review by qualified immigration attorneys. Services will be offered in seven Asian languages and Spanish.
As the 2020 election nears, Advancing Justice-LA has witnessed a surge in naturalization application services, with applicants citing "wanting to be able to vote" as one of the top reasons for starting the naturalization process now. Given the long processing times -- in Los Angeles County, the process for naturalization may take anywhere from 10 to 17 months -- green card holders are encouraged to apply for citizenship as early as possible in order to meet the voter registration deadline for the 2020 Presidential Election.
“It is a critical time to apply for citizenship,” said Angelica Peña, Program Director at Advancing Justice-LA. “With long wait times and upcoming voter registration deadlines, the time to apply is now. Citizenship offers protection for their families and the chance to improve their communities by casting a vote at the polls.”
Current green card holders are also encouraged to apply for citizenship now before fee waiver requirements change. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is proposing to eliminate means-tested benefits as an eligibility category for the fee waiver, which allows low-income applicants to naturalize for free. In addition, the existing $725 fee may increase as well. Because immigrants often cite language and financial barriers to becoming a U.S. citizen, Advancing Justice-LA encourages community members to naturalize now before the naturalization fee increases or the process becomes more complex.
“We are encouraging all green card holders to apply now before there are any changes to fee waivers or the fee itself,” said Christine Chen, Citizenship Project Director at Advancing Justice-LA. “Don’t let the cost of applying get in your way of becoming an American citizen. We encourage those who are interested in naturalizing to invest in their future to join us at our Pan Asian Citizenship Clinic.”
Advancing Justice-LA's Pan Asian Citizenship Event will take place on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 9am to 3pm at the Santa Anita YMCA (501 South Mountain Avenue, Monrovia, CA  91016). Appointments are required - for more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call:
English/Other: (888) 349-9695
Chinese: (800) 520-2356
Hindi: (855) 971-2552
Khmer: (800) 867-3126
Korean: (800) 867-3640
Spanish: (213) 808-2487
Tagalog: (855) 300-2552
Thai: (800) 914-9583
Vietnamese: (800) 267-7395
Jessica Jinn, (213) 241-8817, [email protected]
About Advancing Justice - LA: 
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) is the nation's largest legal and civil rights organization for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (NHPI). Through direct services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, leadership development, and capacity building, Advancing Justice-LA focuses on the most vulnerable members of Asian American and NHPI communities while also building a strong voice for civil rights and social justice.
Thursday, May 2, 2019


Advancing Justice-LA's helplines prioritize assistance to low-income persons in the following areas of law: family, immigration, public benefits, employment, housing, and civil rights. 

English: 888.349.9695
需要協助嗎: 800.520.2356
도움이 필요하십니까: 800.867.3640
Tagalog: 855.300.2552
ต้องการความช่วยเหลือ: 800.914.9583


Our mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.