U.S. citizenship provides greater security and opportunities for lawful permanent residents who are eligible to apply. In addition to safety from deportation, U.S. citizenship gives people the right to vote and the ability to sponsor family members to immigrate to the United States.

In many cases, the naturalization process can be long and complicated. To simplify the process, Canal Alliance joined the New Americans Campaign. In collaboration with our partners, Marin County Free Library, North Marin Community Services, San Rafael Public Library, and Family & Children’s Law Center, Canal Alliance offers regular Naturalization workshops to help eligible individuals submit their N-400 application and identify assistance for those with financial need.

Canal Alliance offers 10-week Citizenship Classes throughout the year to prepare individuals for the Citizenship Exam and the United States Customs & Immigration Services (USCIS) interview process. Citizenship classes are offered in the evenings and are taught in English by dedicated volunteers.

Last year Canal Alliance helped process more than 100 naturalization applications and celebrated another 50 clients who became U.S. citizens after receiving services from Canal Alliance.

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