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Coalition of Houston collaborate To Help Immigrants on final journey to U.S. Citizenship

(July 21, 2004)-Houston Citizenship Coalition, in collaboration with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) will conduct a Citizenship Workshop to help persons with lawful permanent resident status take the final step in their immigration journey by providing them with one-on-one assistance with the N-400 Application for Naturalization. The workshop will take place on Saturday, September 25, 2004, at Family Christian Center, 11000 Dairy Ashford, Houston, Texas.

"In these extraordinary times, the only way to guarantee your rights in this country is by being a U.S. citizen. All immigrants with legal status in the U.S. should apply for American citizen as soon as they are eligible," states Wafa Abdin, supervising attorney for Catholic Charities. Hipolito Acosta, Houston CIS Director declared, "I commend the community-based organizations and their volunteers for the time and effort they have committed to make this citizenship outreach effort successful." "This is the first time that the Pakistani Association has teamed up with other immigrant organizations to offer such a workshop. We are very proud to join the coalition in this important endeavor," added its President Ghulum Bombaywala.

The Urban Institute estimates that there are 1.4 million legal permanent residents eligible to naturalize nationwide. Up to 500 legal residents who meet the requirements for citizenship will be assisted at the workshop by volunteers and pro bono attorneys. In lieu of submitting the applications by mail, CIS officers will be accepting completed petitions. Individuals interested in taking advantage of this opportunity must be lawful permanent residents for five years or more-three years if the person has been married to and living with the same U.S. citizen for the past three years.

Space is limited and persons must call 713.774.5002, Monday through Friday, to ensure entry to the workshop.

Date: Saturday, September 24, 2005 @ 8 AM - 5 PM
Venue:Christian Family Center, 11,000 Dairy Ashford @ W. Belfort Sugarland, TX 77478 281-340-2400

OUR COMMUNITY HAS BEEN ALLOTTED 90 SLOTS TO FILL FOR THIS WORKSHOP. THIS IS LIKE A PRIORITY LIST. YOU GET TO CHOOSE THE TIME SLOT (Between 8-5pm) YOU WANT TO BE AT THE SEMINAR. These slots will be filled on a "first call first serve" basis between now and the 9th of September. TO REGISTER, PLEASE CALL 713-729-3546. Please note that even when we have filled this 90 slots, you can still come to the seminar by calling 713-774-7002


To volunteer, please fill out the information below and fax to Catholic Charities 713-874-6792 or e-mail to jcross@catholiccharities.org

City, State, ZIP Code:

Volunteers should attend one of the following training sessions
  • Wednesday, September 8 9-11am
    Catholic Charities, 2900 Louisiana St., Houston, 713/874/6570
  • Thursday, September 16 9-11am
    YMCA International, 6300 Westpark, Ste. 600, Houston, 713/339/9015
  • Monday, September 20 6-8 pm
    Catholic Charities, 2900 Louisiana St., Houston, 713/874/6570

For more information about the training sessions for the U.S. Citizenship Workshop, please contact
Catholic Charities @ 713-874-6570

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