Do You Want to Become a U.S. Citizen?
Catholic Charities Offering Free Naturalization Consultation Clinic
LIBERAL, KS, AUGUST 2, 2022 --- Naturalization is the process by which people who were born outside of the United States can become a U.S. citizen. For individuals who are ready to start the process of becoming a citizen, Catholic Charities is hosting a Naturalization Consultation Clinic on August 30 from 1 to 5 pmat the Catholic Charities office at 1510 Calhoun Ave in Liberal KS.
Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas is accredited by the U.S. Department of Justice to provide Legal Immigration and Refugee Resettlement Services. Staff members will be available to answer questions and schedule appointments to start the Citizenship application process for those who wish to proceed. Attendees only need to bring their green card and any questions they might have.
“Basically, they can walk-in or make an appointment to see if they are ready to apply for Naturalization,” said Marci Smith, Director of Family Services. “If they are, they will be given an appointment in Liberal to complete their Naturalization process with no charge for agency fees.”
Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas offers a range of refugee and immigration services. Walking with immigrants and refugees on their path from arrival to citizenship, the agency supports the family unit and helps them rebuild their lives. Services are designed to help immigrants and refugees overcome culture shock, create their first home, secure documents, achieve economic self-sufficiency, integrate successfully into their community, and prepare them for citizenship.
To be eligible for U.S. citizenship, a person must be 18 years old and have been a legal permanent resident of the United States for at least three or five years (depending on the naturalization category). Additional citizenship requirements include continuous residence and physical presence in the U.S.; the ability to speak, read and write basic English; good moral character; knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and government and loyalty to the principles of the U.S. Constitution. The citizenship application also includes a filing fee, but a full or partial fee waiver is available for those who qualify.
For more information, or to register for the consultation clinic, call 620-272-0010 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome.
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