Help Immigrants Become U.S. Citizens

CITIZENSHIP ACTIONS

The North Shore Indivisible Immigration Issues Team is working to stop legislation harmful to immigrants and refugees who call- or want to call- the USA their home. In addition to resisting harmful legislation, much of our work will be focused on helping certain immigrants known as Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) or “green card” holders, become U.S. Citizens. What this will mean for them personally is they will be virtually free from the fear of deportation and will also be eligible to register to vote. You can help by participating in actions and volunteering with organizations in Lake County and Chicago.

Lawful Permanent Residents are eligible to apply to become citizens. They are required to fill out a form and include a check for $725. They will then be called in for an interview which tests their knowledge of English and U.S. history and government. Once they pass this test, they will then be sworn in as a Naturalized Citizen and are immediately eligible to register to vote. You can help at each step of this process:

  • STAY INFORMED

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrants and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) in Chicago provides updates on significant legislation on the state and federal level. Contact Luisa Sousa at lsosa@icirr.org to get on their “Volunteer List” for updates.

  • HELP WITH CITIZENSHIP PAPERWORK

The Hispanic American Community Education Services (HACES) in Waukegan holds monthly Citizenship Workshops to assist LPRs with their citizenship paperwork. Volunteers are required to attend a training session. The workshops are on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the trainings are on Thursday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. HACES is located in Waukegan at 820 W. Greenwood. Call 847-244-0300 for specific dates.

  • HELP PREPARE PEOPLE TO PASS CITIZENSHIP TEST

The Fr. Gary Graf Center and HACES both in Waukegan, hold citizenship classes in English and Spanish and provide one-to-one practice. Since schedules change, it is best to contact each organization to inquire about volunteer opportunities. The Fr. Gary Graf Center is located in Waukegan at 510 10th Street, 847-775-0858. HACES is located in Waukegan at 820 W. Greenwood, 847-244-0300.

  • REGISTER NEW CITIZENS TO VOTE

The Illinois Collation for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) holds registration events weekly in Chicago at either 101 W. Congress or 219 S. Dearborn. No training is required because they use the Motor Voter form.   Contact Luisa Sousa at lsosa@icirr.org