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by Joshua H. Silavent
Oct 06, 2011 | 783 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO – Immigrants with legal residency status and meeting other qualifications are eligible to receive assistance managing their citizenship applications during a workshop at Harrah’s on Saturday sponsored by the Latino Research Center (LRC) at the University of Nevada, Reno and the nonprofit Mi Familia Vota Education Fund.

The workshop is free and open to the first 200 qualified applicants.

A step-by-step review of the naturalization process will be given and immigration attorneys will be present to review citizenship applications.

Officials with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will also be on hand to answer questions.

Volunteers are needed for this event. A training session will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday in the William Raggio building at UNR, room 2003. Those interested in volunteering can sign up by calling 784-4010 or register online at www.unr.edu/latinocenter.

Those interested in participating in the citizenship workshop are encouraged to register by the end of business day Friday by calling 888-839-8682.

The workshop will held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at Harrah’s Reno Hotel & Casino Convention Center located at 219 N. Center St. in Reno.

Citizenship requirements include the following:

• Must be at least 18 years of age.

• Must be a legal permanent resident for at least five years, or if you are married to a U.S. citizen, you must have been a legal permanent resident for at least three years.

• Must have basic knowledge of U.S. government and history.

• Must be able to read, write, speak and understand basic English.

• Must have good moral character.

Applicants are responsible for paying the $680 filing/fingerprints fee. Personal checks or money orders are payable to the Department of Homeland Security. Applicants can participate in the workshop and delay actual payment of application fees.

“This is the first time” the workshop is being held, said Iris West, who works at the LRC. “We are really excited to be part of it.”

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