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Montgomery County Citizenship Initiative

 
 

In May 2017, County Executive Leggett joined with nonprofit partners to launch a county campaign to encourage eligible residents to begin the process of becoming U.S. citizens. The campaign will include ongoing collaboration and citizenship workshops around the county, citizenship resource corners at various county facilities that serve as community hubs, and hosting naturalization ceremonies around the county. In addition, County Executive Leggett announced that Montgomery County has joined Cities for Citizenship, a national initiative to promote and encourage eligible permanent residents to become U.S. citizens.
 
In late 2016 and early 2017, cities and counties across the country have seen a significant increase in the demand for naturalization. Recognizing the urgency of this moment and the positive impact of naturalization in our County, we have partnered with a number of organizations to join in a coordinated campaign to encourage and support naturalization in our County.


This county-wide initiative is aimed at reaching the 60,000 residents of Montgomery County who are eligible to become U.S. citizens now. They live in every neighborhood in our county and come from every region of the world. The benefits of naturalizing are many.  People who become citizens increase their income (up to 11%) and the county economy is strengthened. People who become citizens care more about the place they call home and our communities are strengthened.  It is a win-win situation for all.  
 

Citizenship Application Help
 
Did you know there are many benefits to becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen?  Are you at least 18 years-old?  If you have a green card, you may be eligible to apply for citizenship!

You may be eligible to apply for U.S. Citizenship if you: 
 
A)     Have been a Lawful Permanent Resident of the United States (green card holder) for at least 5 years, or
B)     Have been a Lawful Permanent Resident of the United States (green card holder) for at least 3 years. In addition, you have been married to and living with the same U.S. citizen spouse for the last 3 years, AND your spouse has been a U.S. citizen for the last 3 years at the time you file your Form N-400.

If you think you fall into any of those categories, contact any of the following nonprofit organizations for a full eligibility screening.  They can give you advice about the naturalization process, including issues about moral character, level of English needed, and traveling abroad.  Becoming an American citizen is easier than you think, with proper legal advice and support by committed staff and volunteers. 
 
Click here for a list of local providers that assist with citizenship applications.

Citizenship Initiative Calendar of Events

Ongoing
Citizenship Preparation Classes
  • Lead Partners: Baltimore City Community College / Gilchrist Center
  • Date: Starts July 6, 2017, dates/time vary by site
  • See flyer for more details
Citizenship Information Session  
  • Lead Partners: Montgomery College
  • Date/Time:
    • July 11th at 6 pm       
    • July 15th at 9 am
    • August 8th at 6 pm    
    • August 12th at 9 am  
    • September 12th at 6 pm
    • September 16th at 9 am
  • Class location, day and time will be made available at the information session
  • Address: Westfield South, 11002 Veirs Mill Road, Suite 306, Wheaton, MD 20902
  • Main Contact: Izis Weills at (240) 567-8839 or izis.weills@montgomerycollege.edu
Citizenship Informational Corners
  • Lead Partners: Office of Community Partnerships / Gilchrist Centers
  • Date: To be determined
  • Address: Gilchrist Center sites throughout Montgomery County
  • Additional Information: Walk-ins welcome!

June 2017
Citizenship Workshop                     
  • Lead Partners: Montgomery County Office Of Community Partnerships, and Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC), and the Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC)
  • Date/Time: June 3, 2017, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Address: 21 Maryland Ave, Rockville, MD 20850 (Rockville Library)
Flag Day           
  • Lead Partners: Cities for Citizenships/Naturalize Now and partners
  • Date/Time: June 14, 2017 / All Day
  • Address: National
Citizenship Initiative Progress Meeting         
  • Lead Partners: Montgomery County Office of Community Partnerships and partners/collaborators
  • Date/Time:  June 9, 2017 / 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Address: Mid-County Regional Services Center - 2424 Reedie Dr. Wheaton, MD 20902/ Conference Call

July 2017
 
 
4th of July Citizenship National Campaign   
  • Lead Partners: Cities for Citizenships  and partners (link)
  • Date/Time:  July 4, 2017 / All Day
  • Address: National/Outreach promoting the campaign
Citizenship Fair (Flyer in Spanish, French)                   
  • Lead Partners: Montgomery County Office of Community Partnerships and CASA
  • Date/Time:  July 22, 2017, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Address: Mid-County Regional Services Center - 2424 Reedie Dr. Wheaton, MD 20902
  • Main Contact:  Pablo Blank
Citizenship Initiative Progress Meeting         
  • Lead Partners: Montgomery County Office of Community Partnerships and partners/collaborators
  • Date/Time:  July 6, 2017 / 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Address: Mid-County Regional Services Center - 2424 Reedie Dr. Wheaton, MD 20902/ Conference Call

August 2017 

Citizenship Initiative Progress Meeting        
Lead Partners: Montgomery County Office of Community Partnerships and partners/collaborators
  • Date/Time:  August 11, 2017 / 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Address: Mid-County Regional Services Center - 2424 Reedie Dr. Wheaton, MD 20902/ Conference Call 
 Citizenship Workshop                     
  • Lead Partners: Montgomery County Office Of Community Partnerships, and Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC), and the Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC)
  • Date/Time: August 26, 2017, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Address: 1700 April Lane, Silver Spring, MD 20904 (White Oak Community Center)
  • Main Contact: Naznin Saifi
September 2017 
Citizenship Initiative Progress Meeting        
  • Lead Partners: Montgomery County Office of Community Partnerships and partners/collaborators
  • Date/Time:  September 8, 2017 / 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Address: Mid-County Regional Services Center - 2424 Reedie Dr. Wheaton, MD 20902
 Citizenship Day
  • Lead Partners: Cities for Citizenships/Naturalize Now and partners
  • Date/Time: September 17, 2017, All Day
  • Address: Libraries throughout Montgomery County
  • Click here for flyer
October 2017
Citizenship Initiative Progress Meeting        

Lead Partners: Montgomery County Office of Community Partnerships and partners/collaborators
  • Date/Time:  October 5, 2017, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Address: Silver Spring Civic Building- 1 Veterans Place. Silver Spring, MD 209010
 Montgomery County : Naturalization Ceremony
  • Lead Partners: Office of Community Partnerships
  • Date/Time: October 13, 2017, 10:00 AM
  • Address: 1700 April Ln, Silver Spring, MD 20904 (White Oak Community Center)
  • Main Contact: Nestor Alvarenga/ Mayra Bayonet

 
Charles W. Gilchrist Immigrant Resource Center 240-777-4940
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