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Written by attorney Thomas Esparza Jr. | Sep 2, 2010

Citizenship Information and Screening presented by the Immigrant Services Network of Austin

This is a FREE event to Learn How to Become a U.S. Citizen, See If You Qualify,

and Take Steps to Address Any Problems BEFORE You File.

The Immigrant Services Network of Austin is sponsoring a Citizenship Information and Screening Event on September 18, 2010 in the Multipurpose Room (#8500) of the Eastview Campus of Austin Community College (located at 3401 Webberville Road, Austin, TX 78702-3004, Building 8000/9000). There will be two sessions: a morning session from 9 AM-12 PM, and an afternoon session from 1 PM- 4 PM. All information will be provided in English. If you plan to apply for citizenship soon, or if you want information about whether you qualify, this is a great opportunity to learn about the process.

WHAT: Citizenship and Screening Event

WHEN & WHERE: Multipurpose Room (#8500), Austin Community College Eastview Campus

3401 Webberville Road, Austin, TX 78702-3004, Building 8000/9000

Morning session 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon; Afternoon session 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

The program will include:

· An overview of the requirements for citizenship

· Information about who is qualified to represent them in the immigration process

· Mock interviews with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officers

· Information about potential obstacles to obtaining citizenship

· Eligibility screening tools

· An Immigrant Services Fair where immigrants can get information on services that can help them in their application process

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Potential applicants with tax, legal or literacy issues will be referred directly to the three leading Travis County nonprofit organizations that can help.

WHO: In light of the importance and complexity of obtaining American Citizenship, the Immigrant Services Network of Austin is bringing together the following agencies to answer questions about citizenship or to guide people to solutions:

· attorneys from the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association

· citizenship examiners from The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (U.S.C.I.S)

· American Gateways (local immigration service provider)

· Immigration Counseling Outreach Services (local immigration service provider)

· Travis County Lawyer Referral Service

· Community Tax Center

· Literacy Coalition of Central Texas

HOW TO GET TICKETS: This event is free and open to the public, but due to limited capacity a ticket is required for admission. Only one person per ticket will be admitted. Please note that space is limited and only those with a ticket will be admitted. The event is for adults only. No child care will be provided. Free tickets are available for pick up on a first-come-first-served basis from the following agencies:

American Gateways

314 E Highland Mall Blvd, Suite 501 Austin, TX 78752; (512) 478-0546

Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Community Financial Center

2600 W. Stassney Lane, Austin, TX 78745; (512) 610-7378

Monday–Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Thursday open until 7:00 PM)

I.C.O.S. (Immigration Counseling and Outreach Services)

5555 N. Lamar Blvd, K-100, Austin, TX, 78751; (512) 467-9816

Monday–Thursday 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Friday 9:30 PM to 12:00 noon

And these Austin Public Library Locations:

Little Walnut Creek Branch of the Austin Public Library

835 W. Rundberg Lane, Austin, TX, 78758; (512) 974-9860

Monday–Thursday 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Sunday 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Ruiz Branch of the Austin Public Library

1600 Grove Blvd., Austin, TX, 78741; (512) 974-7500

Monday–Thursday 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM to –5:00 PM

Terrazas Branch of the Austin Public Library

1105 East César Chávez St., Austin, TX, 78702; (512) 974-3625

Monday–Wednesday 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Friday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

SPONSORS: Immigrant Services Network of Austin (ISNA); Austin Community College (ACC); United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (U.S.C.I.S.); and Austin MacWorks.

OTHER PARTICIPATING AGENCIES: American Gateways, Austin Public Library, Foundation Communities, Immigration Counseling and Outreach Services (ICOS), Lawyer Referral Service, Literacy Coalition of Central Texas, Velocity Credit Union, Workers Defense Project.

ABOUT ISNA: [C2] ISNA is a working group of diverse community stakeholders and immigrant service providers operating together to coordinate efforts, increase public awareness and inform policy to better serve the immigrant community. ISNA is a neutral, non-political arena where stakeholders can convene in order to work towards local solutions. Members share information with each other, and educate/outreach to the community at large. ISNA respects the dignity and humanity of all immigrants, regardless of status.

For more information, contact Paola Ferate: (512) 462-1453, or staff at ICOS at (512) 467-9816.

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[C2]Deleted all of this because it’s probably more info than they need in the press release. If they decide to do a story on it and want more background on ISNA, we can give it to them.

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