Citizenship Workshops in April

April 1, 2016

Citizenship Workshops in April

In light of the recent influx of legal permanent residents wanting to become American citizens to make their voices heard in the November elections, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) and partners will be hosting citizenship workshops across the city of Chicago to aid those taking the step to change their status.

Who: ICIRR along with Juntos Podemos, SEIU, the Mexican Consulate and other partner organizations.

What: Hosting citizenship workshops for the month of April dedicated to the influx of permanent residents with the goal to become U.S. citizens in order to vote in the November presidential elections and make their voices heard.

Requirements for citizenship applications:

  •     Applicants must have been a U.S. resident for at least four years and nine months or be married to a U.S. citizen and have been a resident for at least two years and nine months.
  •     Applicants must bring a residency card, social security card, driver’s license or state ID, and two passport size photos.
  •     If the applicant has any arrests, they must bring in a certified disposition letter from the police department where the incident occurred.
  •     Applicants must also be prepared to provide information on trips made out of the country in the last five years, places they have lived and worked in the last five years, and residency and background information about any children or current or former spouses.
  •     The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration collects a $680 fee for applicants under the age of 75 and a $595 fee for those aged 75 and older.

When: There will be four workshops in the month of April. Various state representatives have been confirmed for the events.

  •      April 2: Co-hosted with SEIU and the Latino Caucus at the Cicero Community Center                                                                                                                                2250 South 49th Street, Cicero, Ill. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.                                                                                                                                                     Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez confirmed to attend


  •      April 2: Rep. Sosnowski’s Citizenship Workshop                                                                                                                                                                         1151 W. Locust St, Belvidere, IL9 a.m. - 12 p.m.                                                                                                                                                           Rep. John M. Cabello and Rep. Joe Sosnowski confirmed to attend


  •      April 9: Co-hosted with Holy Trinity and SEIU                                                                                                                                                                                1118 N. Noble St., Chicago                                                                                                                                                                                                     9 a.m. - 12 p.m.


  •      April 16: Co-hosted with the City Colleges of Chicago and Community Activism Law Alliance at Daley College                                                7500 South Pulaski Road, Chicago                                                                                                                                                                                    9 a.m. - 12 p.m.


  •             April 30: Co-hosted with the Mexican Consulate                                                                                                                                                                          204 South Ashland Ave., Chicago                                                                                                                                                                                       9 a.m. - 12 p.m., by appointment with Gabriela González, 708-737-5842                                                                                                         A press conference will be held between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Media contact: Adrian Sosa,