The Cabrini Center of Catholic Charities, NALEO Educational Fund, Neighborhood Centers Inc., ILRC, CLINIC, and Office of International Communities at the City of Houston are co-sponsoring a two-day training on naturalization and citizenship in Houston, Texas. This training is free for participating staff from nonprofit organizations working on naturalization and citizenship issues in the greater Houston region.
All participants will receive a free CD-ROM copy of the ILRC’s newly updated bestselling manual, Naturalization and U.S. Citizenship: The Essential Legal Guide, which is now in its 12th Edition. Space in the training is limited!
March 26: The first day of this training will include a review of the general requirements for naturalization including continuous residence, physical presence, good moral character, the English and Civics requirements, and the red flag issues that can cause an applicant to be denied or even deported. Additionally, we will review the various ways in which an absence from the United States can affect one’s naturalization application, and a discussion of how to implement a group processing model.
March 27: The second day of this training will cover some of the more complex aspects of immigration law, including advanced good moral character issues and citizenship for children issues. Additionally, the training will address how to assist special groups of applicants through fee waivers, disability waivers, and securing accommodations for people with disabilities.
During the good moral character discussions during this two-day training, we will delve into the reasons why some naturalization applicants could be deportable, as well as how failure to register for the selective service, failure to pay child support, failure to file income taxes, and other issues can affect one’s naturalization application. Additionally, we will review how different criminal convictions can affect one’s naturalization application.
Erin Quinn, Immigrant Legal Resource Center
Tatyana Delgado, St. Frances Cabrini Center for Immigrant Legal Assistance Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
Frances Valdez, Neighborhood Centers, Inc.
Nancy A. Falgout, Law Office of Nancy A. Falgout