Local Non-Profits Offer Free Citizenship Application Preparation

Friday, March 07, 2014

Legal Aid of East Tennessee and La Paz Chattanooga are joining forces with UT College of Law to provide naturalization services to low income lawful permanent residents who qualify to apply for citizenship. This program will be part of UT College of Law’s Alternative Spring Break Program. Law students will come to Chattanooga the week of March 17 to execute pre-screened candidates’ naturalization applications from start to finish. Selected candidates will receive the legal services at no cost and may potentially qualify for a waiver of the immigration fees as well.

Legal Aid and La Paz are currently looking for candidates to participate in the program that meet the following qualifications:

1.      Must be a lawful permanent resident that has had continuous residence as a permanent resident for at least five years (or three years, if married to a U.S. citizen);

2.      No criminal background;

3.      Ready to file for citizenship;

4.      Meet the Legal Aid's income guidelines; and

5.      Willing to be an active participant in a terrific program.

If you believe that you or someone you know qualifies for this program, plan to attend the open screening clinic on Thursday, March 13, from 2-4 p.m. at Legal Aid’s office located at 535 Chestnut St., Suite 360, Chattanooga, Tn. 37402. If you have any questions please call Attorney Brittany Thomas at 423 756-8400 or e-mail her at bthomas@gkhpc.com for more information.


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