Advocacy group offers free US naturalization aid to permanent residents
OAKLAND — In the current political climate, Filipino Advocates for Justice (FAJ) is offering help to protect immigrants by assisting them in becoming US citizens.
FAJ is organizing free group processing workshops on June 3 and 7 in Oakland to help applicants complete the often-overwhelming naturalization application (20 pages). Reservations are required and can be made by contacting (510) 465-9876.
Through a state grant, FAJ’s naturalization services are FREE. Because naturalization filing fees are currently $750 and rising, FAJ can also help fill out applications for a fee waiver for those with financial need.
To protect immigrant families FAJ organizers have been working with the faith and business communities and at schools, cultural events and festivals to reach legal permanent residents eligible to natualize. In addition to providing free naturalization services, FAJ holds know-your-immigrant-and-worker rights trainings.
Geraldine Alcid, FAJ’s executive director, stresses that “in this political climate, immigrants are being driven into the shadows and are fearful of increased ICE presence in our communities. Becoming a citizen is one way to protect your self from deportation. Another way is to know your rights.”
FAJ is a community organizing and advocacy organization serving the Filipino East Bay community since 1973. Its mission is to build a strong and empowered Filipino community by organizing constituents, developing leaders, providing services, and advocating for policies that promote social and economic justice and equity.