BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — Volunteers pushing for the integration of immigrants in New England are offering free help to foreign-born residents applying for U.S. citizenship in Massachusetts.
Immigration lawyers, law students, interpreters and other volunteers gathered in Brockton on Saturday to screen naturalization applicants for eligibility.
The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition said its volunteers are also helping qualified legal permanent residents in completing their applications for citizenship.
Naturalization applicants are required to provide detailed information in 10-page applications and pay fees that may run as high as $680.
Low-income immigrants who show up at the Brockton event will be helped to file applications for the government to waive naturalization fees.
Massachusetts had at least 320,000 legal immigrants in 2010, including 180,000 immigrants who were eligible for citizenship but had not done applied for naturalization.
MIRA Coalition: http://www.miracoalition.org/