Seattle city departments partner to hold citizenship clinics

Seattle city departments partner to hold citizenship clinics

Children wave American flags and hold their certificates of citizenship after becoming U.S. citizens during a citizenship ceremony at The Bronx Zoo, May 5, 2017. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images).

SEATTLE — The city of Seattle’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation, is holding a series of monthly citizenship clinics to help immigrants and refugees become naturalized U.S. citizens.

The next clinic will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Meadowbrook Community Center.

Another clinic will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at the South Park Community Center.

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“A citizenship clinic is a community event where volunteer attorneys, interpreters, and others assist eligible green card holders with completing their N-400 naturalization application through an organized step-by-step process,” the city of Seattle said in a news release.

In February, a similar clinic was held at the Bitter Lake Community Center and 23 applicants completed their citizenship application. Click here for more information about addition clinics in Seattle.

The citizenship clinics are part of the city’s New Citizen Campaign (NCC) – a program launched in 2016 to increase the number of naturalizations among some 80,000 green card holders in the Seattle-King County area.

“Today’s immigrants are tomorrow’s American citizens who should have the chance to contribute to the economic, cultural, and civic life of Seattle – and our nation,” Mayor Jenny Durkan said.

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