DEKALB – Local residents interested in applying for U.S. citizenship are invited to attend a free workshop Saturday sponsored by state Rep. Jeff Keicher, R-Sycamore, in partnership with Family Focus and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.
The Citizenship Workshop is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Conexion Comunidad, 637 North 11th St., DeKalb. This year, the workshop will also have information for DACA renewals. To register, call 630-256-7017.
Interested participants should know the following before registering:
You are eligible for U.S. citizenship if you have had a green card for four years and nine months, and know basic English; or if you are married to a U.S. citizen, have had a green card for two years and nine months and know basic English.
Knowing English is not needed for U.S. citizenship if you are 50 years old and have had a green card for 20 years, or if you are 55 years old and have had a green card for 15 years.
To be able to fill out a citizenship application, attendees will need to bring the following documents: Permanent Resident card, also known as a green card, Social Security card and driver’s license or state ID; dates of all travels outside U.S. since you received your green card, a list of all your home addresses for the past five years; list of all your employer addresses, dates, and locations for the past five years.
If currently married, your spouse’s name, date of birth, social security number, immigration number (if applicable), date of naturalization (if applicable), date of all marriages and divorces of you and your spouse (if applicable).
If you have children, you will need their names, their addresses (if not living with you), their dates of birth and their green-card numbers (if applicable).
If you have ever been arrested, you need to bring the reason for arrest, date and place it happened and the outcome or disposition.
Men must bring their Selective Service number and registration date. To find out, call 847-688-6888 or go to www.sss.gov.
Bring a money order for $725 payable to US-CIS. For those older than 75, the money order amount is $640. Double check the correct amount of the current fee before you send your application. Also bring a money order for $50 payable to Family Focus for processing.