Baton Rouge--Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge is offering a day of free legal assistance to help qualified legal residents become U.S. citizens on Saturday, September 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its main office at 1900 S. Acadian Thruway, Baton Rouge, LA. Experienced immigration attorneys and volunteers will review citizenship documents and offer assistance with applications.
“Becoming a citizen can be an intimidating process,” said David Aguillard, CCDBR Executive Director.
“Unfortunately, people who want to take advantage of our country’s lawful process to become U.S. citizens sometimes fall prey to persons unqualified to process the application. They are charged huge fees and often do not achieve their goal of citizenship ,” Aguillard stated. “Catholic Charities immigration attorneys and staff have the expertise and a proven track record to make sure people aren’t taken advantage of. “
To qualify to become a citizen, immigrants must be at least 18 years old, possess a non-expired Green Card, have resided in the United States as a permanent resident for five years (three years if living with and married to a U.S. citizen spouse), lived in the United States for half of the five or three year period or have active or former military service.
To get the best help, people should bring their green card; passports; home addresses, criminal, education and employment history for the last five years; marriage and divorce certificates; and “A” number, dates of birth and addresses of all children; and spousal information.
To find out more and to reserve a spot at the upcoming Citizenship Workshop, call 225-376-6849.