Commissioner Joe A. Martinez co-sponsors Citizenship Drive

For permanent legal residents on Saturday, September 26, 2009

U.S. permanent legal residents looking to become American citizens can begin the process at a Citizenship Drive on Saturday, September 26, 2009 at the Hispanic Coalition’s Kendall office, 3830 SW 137 Avenue. Commissioner Joe A. Martinez, in conjunction with immigration attorney Erwin Diaz-Solis and the Hispanic Coalition, is sponsoring the drive, which will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Permanent residents interested in applying for U.S. citizenship are asked to bring $40 to cover the cost for an Application for Naturalization (Form N-400) and photos needed to complete the form. The $40 can be paid via cash, credit card, or personal check. An immigration attorney will be present during the Citizenship Drive for any person that may need legal assistance prior to filing Form N-400.

Those who qualify as low income can apply for a fee waiver request to waive the $675 needed for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to process the application. Residents seeking the waiver must bring the following documents to prove that they are low income:

• Letter from Social Security Administration stating resident’s monthly income

• Letter from Department of Children & Families showing resident’s use of food stamps

• Resident’s rent, electric, water, telephone and cable receipts

• Resident’s receipts of any other expenses

• If unemployed, a letter from Unemployment Office stating resident’s earnings

Those who do not qualify as low income must bring a $675 money order or personal check (personal checks must be made payable to USCIS).

Hispanic Coalition representatives will also assist in completing the Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions (Form N-648) for those seniors who seek an exception to the English and civics testing requirements for naturalization. Help is available in English and Spanish throughout the event.

“Becoming a U.S. citizen is the dream of so many residents here in Miami-Dade, but the process can be complicated for some,” said Commissioner Martinez. “The Hispanic Coalition and Dr. Diaz-Solis are offering their expertise and assistance in making the path to citizenship as smooth as possible.”

For more information, please contact the Hispanic Coalition at 305-207-4100.

WHO: Miami-Dade County Commissioner Joe A. Martinez

Hispanic Coalition: Dr. Erwin Diaz-Solis, P.A.

WHAT: Citizenship Drive

WHEN: Saturday, September 26, 2009

9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Hispanic Coalition (Kendall Office)

3830 SW 137 Avenue, Miami

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