Naturalization workshop - Battle Creek

Event Type: Public
Starts: 02/04/2014 - 6:00pm
Ends: 02/04/2014 - 9:00pm

In partnership with VOCES, the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC) and Farmworker Legal Services (FLS) will be hosting a free, one-step naturalization clinic on Tuesday, February 4th 2014 at VOCES - 520 W. Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49037.  Flyers below

Volunteer attorneys will screen participants for naturalization eligibility, assist in completing the paperwork, assemble the applications with supporting documentation, and provide referrals and materials for the civics component of the exam. Advice and assistance is free to participants who qualify for the clinic.

Besides being able to vote and get a U.S. passport, citizenship provides numerous other benefits. U.S. citizens

  •  Can petition for more categories of family members from abroad to join them in the United States,
  •  Can travel abroad for extended periods of time without consequences to U.S. citizenship status,
  •  Can have their permanent resident children under 18 years old automatically derive citizenship,
  •  Are safe from deportation and removal,
  •  Receive certain tax benefits,
  •  And so much more.

You may be eligible for naturalization if you have been a permanent resident for five years, or, just three years if you are also married to a U.S. citizen.  You may be exempt from the English requirement if you are 50 years of age or older, depending on how long you have been a permanent resident.

Though the workshop is free, USCIS does charge $680 to process the application. You may qualify for a fee waiver for the application.

Advance registration is required.

To sign up for an appointment, please call (269) 841-4111 or online at

We will have Spanish-speaking attorneys and interpreters available.

For more information about eligibility or if you have other questions, please call (734) 998-6100 x459.