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Naturalization Workshop:

A Volunteer Opportunity to Assist Eligible Immigrants in Applying for Citizenship

Saturday, November 18, 2017, 9:00am* – 4:00pm

*Training begins at 9:00am for new volunteers and lasts about 1-2 hours prior to clinic start

Arlington Mill Community Center

909 S. Dinwiddie Street

Arlington, VA 22204

Looking for ways to be involved with the YLC’s Immigrant Outreach Committee while also assisting members of your local Northern Virginia community?  Then this opportunity is for you...

Join members of the Immigrant Outreach Committee and local Northern Virginia community one Saturday per month to help eligible immigrants in Northern Virginia to apply for their citizenship by volunteering at Hogar Immigrant Services’ Monthly Naturalization Workshop!  This day-long workshop will walk applicants through the process of eligibility screening, meeting with a pro-bono attorney, and packaging the application for mailing through Hogar Immigrant Services Legal Services office.  Attorney volunteers can help with legal review by meeting with applicants one-on-one to review their case, or with registering applicants, interviewing clients to fill out application and fee waivers, and managing logistics such as workshop flow.  NO naturalization experience nor foreign language skills are required, which means that any Virginia-barred attorney could help assist applicants!  A two- hour training will be provided the morning of the clinic!  

About the Immigrant Outreach Committee

The Immigrant Outreach Committee, on behalf of the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference, designs projects with the objectives to (1) educate members of the bar regarding the deportation ramifications of criminal convictions on immigrants, and (2) reach out to Northern Virginia’s immigrant population.  To learn more, please visit our page on the Virginia State Bar website at http://www.vsb.org/site/conferences/ylc/immigrant-outreach.

Workshop Details:

Saturday, November 18, 2017, 9:00am* – 4:00pm

*Training begins at 9:00am and lasts about 1-2 hours prior to clinic start.  This is a one-time training, required for first-time volunteers.  Any future volunteer experiences would not require a repeat of training, and returning volunteers may arrive at 11:00am.

Location:        Arlington Mill Community Center

909 S. Dinwiddie Street

Arlington, VA 22204

How to sign up:

If you are new to volunteering with Hogar Immigrant Services, apply to be an attorney volunteer with Hogar Immigrant Services, via their website at: Naturalization Workshop Attorney Volunteers - Saturdays Registration Form 

This is a one-time volunteer application, which is specific to the naturalization workshop and can be applied to future volunteer work with Hogar’s Naturalization Clinics.  You will be prompted to create a username and password, and to include your name and contact information.

On the application, you should list your service as Part of a Group: “Immigrant Outreach Committee, Virginia State Bar, YLC.

The application also provides the opportunity to list your employer (whether immigration work or not), and your interest in various volunteer tasks or skills you are able to provide.

You will receive an email from Hogar staff confirming your registration for the workshop!

Why Volunteer with the Naturalization Clinic?

For questions on registering for the workshop or volunteering with Hogar, please contact Hogar Legal Services at volunteer.hogar@ccda.net.  For questions regarding volunteering with the Immigrant Outreach Committee, please contact Sasha Bershad, Co-Chair, Immigrant Outreach Committee, VSB Young Lawyers Conference, at sasha.bershad2@gmail.com.