Our Citizenship and Immigration services help families and youth integrate into society and navigate the process of becoming responsible, productive United States citizens. We assist clients with the citizenship application, prepare them for interviews, offer Citizenship classes and help with passport applications.
Our staff educates and empowers clients to become engaged in the democratic process by assisting with voter registration, providing voter education workshops and participating in various advocacy efforts, including Latino Advocacy Day in Sacramento. We offer the following services:
Citizenship Orientations are held two times per month. In these sessions, program staff give detailed information on citizenship qualifications, application procedures, and the time frame for obtaining citizenship status. Immigration Orientations are held three times per week. These sessions serve to inform members of the Latino community on the cost, eligibility requirements, and steps of the immigration process.
Citizenship Applicants are provided with step-by-step assistance and instructions in filling out the naturalization forms. This service is provided for a fee by legal professionals at the SSCF site.
Once applications have been submitted, citizenship applicants may begin attending free on-site classes citizenship preparation classes. During these classes, applicants review the content of the 100 questions that INS may ask in the citizenship interview, practice responses, and learn about the interview process. In addition to practicing in a group setting, citizenship applicants are given the opportunity to practice individually. Typically prior to the citizenship interview, staff will set up a one-on-one mock interview.
SSCF provides a series of workshops for members of the Latino community on several key issues, including accessing community resources, understanding government and educational systems, and community safety. Offered six times per year, this series of workshops is open to all community members and is designed to help participants understand and influence the structures and systems of our society.