Rep. Keicher to host Citizenship Workshop in DeKalb


DEKALB Local residents interested in applying for U.S. citizenship are invited to attend a free workshop on Saturday, December 1 sponsored by State Representative Jeff Keicher, R-Sycamore, in partnership with Family Focus and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. 

The Citizenship Workshop is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Dec. 1, at Conexion Comunidad, located at 637 North 11th Street in DeKalb.

“We are pleased to offer this workshop for immigrants pursuing their dream of becoming a U.S. citizen,” Representative Keicher said. “Navigating the process can be complicated and confusing for many immigrants, but help is available, and now is the time. I encourage everyone in the DeKalb area interested in applying for citizenship to attend our friendly, welcoming and free citizenship workshop.”

To register, please call (630) 256-7017. Basic information those interested should know before registering for the workshop include:

You are eligible for U.S. CITIZENSHIP if:
  • You have had a green card for 4 years, 9 months and know basic English, or
  • If you are married to a U.S. Citizen, have had a green card for2 years, 9 months and know basic English
English is NOT needed for U.S. Citizenship if:
  • You are 50 years old and have had a green card for 20 years, or
  • 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:

  • Your Permanent Resident Card (green card) AND Social Security Card AND your driver’s license or state ID
  • Dates of all travels outside US since you received your green card
  • A list of all your home addresses for the past 5 years
  • A list of all your employer addresses, dates, and locations for the past 5 years
  • If currently married, your spouse’s name AND date of birth AND social security number AND immigration number (if applicable) AND date of naturalization (if applicable)
  • Date of ALL marriages and divorces of you and your spouse (if applicable)
  • If you have children—their names AND their addresses (if not living with you) AND their dates of birth AND their green card numbers (if applicable)
  • If you have ever been arrested—reason for arrest AND date AND place it happened AND outcome/disposition
  • Males: your Selective Service number and registration date—if you don’t know, call (847) 688-6888 or go to www.sss.gov
  • Money Order for $725 (double check the correct amount of the current fee before you send your application) payable to US-CIS. For those older than 75 years of age the money order amount is $640
  • Money Order for $50 payable to Family Focus for processing
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