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Posted January 8, 2020
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Written in La Prensa on 1/08/2020

On Saturday, February 1, 2020 – “Citizenship Day” – The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland and the Ohio Chapter of Immigration Lawyers Association will jointly host a free legal advice clinic for immigrants who are interested in becoming U.S. citizens. The event will be held at Legal Aid’s downtown Cleveland office located at 1223 West 6th Street from 9:00am – 11:00am.

Immigration attorneys and paralegals will be on hand to assist in the preparation of naturalization applications. Walk-in are welcome, but scheduled appointments are preferred. To schedule an appointment, call 888-817-3777.

There are a number of things to consider if you are interested in becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen. To qualify for naturalization, you must:

• Be at least 18 years old by the date of filing.

• Have been a lawful permanent resident for at least the last five years (or three years, if married to a U.S. citizen).

• Have been present in the U.S. for 2.5 of the past five years (or 1.5 of the past three, if married to a U.S. citizen), and have not been outside the U.S. for one year or more within the last five years (or three years, if married to a U.S. citizen).

• Be able to speak, read, and write ordinary English.

• Be able to pass a U.S. history and government exam.

• Be a person of good moral character (this question may take into account situations such as failure to pay child support, failure to pay taxes, or certain types of criminal records, among other things).

For more information or if you have questions about the clinic, call 888-817-3777.

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