On Saturday, August 22, LALDEF and the YWCA Princeton will be partnering to offer a one-stop immigration assistance workshop to help applicants for U.S. citizenship or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The workshop will run from 1 to 5 PM, and bring under one roof all the necessary resources to be able to complete an application. Trained volunteers will assist applicants complete the necessary forms. Immigration attorneys will be available for private consultations and to review completed applications. Spanish translators will offer birth and marriage certificate translations. Representatives from the YWCA will provide information about ESL classes, classes to prepare for the high school equivalence test, and classes to prepare for the citizenship interview, and will register anyone interested.
Representatives of Dress for Success Mercer and UIH Family Partners will also be available to offer career planning and job search assistance.
Participants MUST PRE-REGISTER by calling 609-688-0881 to obtain a list of documents and information they will need to bring with them to the workshop. All services will be provided free of charge, except for a nominal charge for photocopies. There will be Spanish-speaking volunteer interpreters at the site throughout the event.
The workshop will assist applicants for U.S. citizenship and for the process known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). A non-citizen who has been a Legal Permanent Resident for at least 5 years (3 years if married to a U.S. citizen), can demonstrate basic command of the English language and good moral character may qualify for citizenship. The application fee is $680 which can be waived for applicants whose household income falls below 150% of the federal poverty guidelines. In New Jersey 50% of the close to two million foreign-born residents are U.S. citizens.
Young people who entered the country without authorization prior to June 15, 2007, were less than 16 years old at the time, are in high school or in a program leading to a high school equivalence diploma, or have already graduated from high school, may also be eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). They would receive temporary employment authorization, with which they can also apply for a driver’s license. Only one-third of the approximately 70,000 New Jersey residents who are believed to be eligible for DACA have applied. The filing fee is $465.