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Free citizenship workshop to be held Saturday

By ThisIsReno

MI FAMILIA VOTA NEWS RELEASE

Caesars Entertainment Corporation and Mi Familia Vota Education Fund will hold a free community naturalization workshop on April 14 as part of the historic Ya Es Hora ¡Ciudadanía! (It’s time, Citizenship!) Campaign.

Geared to help legal permanent residents of Nevada apply for U.S. citizenship, Ya Es Hora ¡Ciudadanía! helps eligible applicants receive free assistance with completing the N-400 citizenship application, obtaining passport photos and receiving legal guidance.

The workshop will be held on Saturday, April 14, at 10 a.m. at the Harrah’s Hotel and Casino Convention Center at 219 North Center St. Space is limited to the first 200 qualified applicants.

Since its inception in 2010, the Nevada Ya Es Hora Coalition has assisted more than 1,500 people at five statewide workshops. More than 660 people have volunteered their time to help legal permanent residents with the process, and after screening for eligibility, approximately 750 people were able to start or complete their application for U.S. citizenship.

“As a founding member of Nevada Ya Es Hora Coalition, Caesars Entertainment is proud to play a part in helping many of our friends and neighbors on their way towards citizenship,” said Tony Gladney, vice president of national diversity relations at Caesars Entertainment. “We are committed to playing a part in making Southern Nevada a more vibrant place to live for all members of our community.

Working together on the Nevada Ya Es Hora campaign, Caesars Entertainment and MFVEF brought together a coalition of local and national organizations and businesses. Partners in the local project include Univision KNVV 41, Nevada Hispanic Services, PICO Acion, Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN), the UNR Latino Research Center, the Northern Chamber, United Latino Communities, Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada and the UNR Latino Student Advisory Board.

These national and local organizations are joining efforts to reach the tens of thousands of Latino legal permanent residents in Nevada who are eligible to become naturalized citizens.

“With more than 50,000 Hispanic legal permanent residents eligible for naturalization in Nevada, these workshops serve to educate and help legal permanent residents apply for U.S. citizenship,” said Leo Murrieta, Nevada state director for MFVEF. “Hearing from our past workshop participants, we’ve confirmed that it no longer takes over a year but in fact the process takes four to five months to become a citizen. Our goal is to increase civic engagement in the Hispanic community of Nevada. Step one: Become a citizen. Step two: Register to vote. Step three: Vote.”

Eligible applicants for U.S. citizenship are encouraged to pre-register for the workshop by calling 888-VE-Y-VOTA / 888-839-8682 or emailing [email protected] A screening process to determine eligibility will be completed and those meeting the requirements will be offered assistance.

To apply, applicants must be:

• At least 18 years of age
• A legal permanent resident for at least five years (three years if married to a U.S. citizen)
• Able to read, write, speak and understand basic English
• Have basic knowledge of U.S. history and government
• Of good moral character

In addition, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services require applicants to submit a $680 money order along with N-400 application and other documentation, although participants do not need to pay the application fee at the workshop and may still receive assistance if they do not have the application fee on hand.

Participants should bring three forms of ID – residency card, state ID and Social Security card. A checklist of documents and information participants should bring follows below.

For more information of eligibility requirements, visit www.yaeshora.info or call the hotline at 888-VE-Y-VOTA / 888-839-8682.

About ya es hora ¡Ciudadanía!
ya es hora ¡Ciudadanía! is an unprecedented national campaign coordinated by an alliance of national and local partners across the United States to inform, educate and motivate eligible legal permanent residents to apply for U.S. citizenship. The campaign is coordinated nationally by the NALEO Educational Fund, Mi Familia Vota Education Fund, SEIU, National Council of La Raza, Univision Communications, Inc, ImpreMedia and Entravision Communications. To date, the national campaign has helped more than 1.4 million immigrants realize their dream of applying for U.S. citizenship.

About Caesars Entertainment
Caesars Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest casino-entertainment company. Since its beginning in Reno more than 73 years ago, Caesars has grown through development of new resorts, expansions and acquisitions and now operates casinos on four continents. The company’s resorts operate primarily under the Caesars®, Harrah’s® and Horseshoe® brand names. Caesars also owns the World Series of Poker® and the London Clubs International family of casinos. Caesars is focused on building loyalty and value with its guests through a unique combination of great service, excellent products, unsurpassed distribution, operational excellence and technology leadership. We are committed to environmental sustainability and energy conservation and recognize the importance of being a responsible steward of the environment. For more information, please visit www.caesars.com.

About Mi Familia Vota Education Fund
Mi Familia Vota Education Fund is a national, non-profit organization working to unite and build community power in Latino, immigrant and allied communities, and to ensure social and economic justice through sustained civic engagement. For more information, visit www. mifamiliavota.org.

DOCUMENTOS NECESARIOS PARA LA APLICACIÓN DE NATURALIZACIÓN
NECESSARY DOCUMENTS FOR NATURALIZATION APPLICATION

__$680($595 es para la solicitud y $85 para las huellas digitales) en giro postal o cheque personal a nombre de: DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
IDENTIFICACIÓN.
__ Licencia de conducir o identificación oficial.
__ Tarjeta de Seguro Social.
__ Tarjeta de Residencia Permanente – “Green Card”.
VIAJES FUERA DE LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS (mes/día/año).
__ Fechas de todos los viajes, de 24 horas o más, fuera de los Estados Unidos, desde que se hizo residente permanente.
__ Fechas de salida y entrada, motivo de viaje y lugar a donde viajó.
DOMICILIO (dirección) (últimos 5 años) mes y año.
__ Domicilios donde ha vivido durante los últimos cinco años.
__ Fechas exactas cuando empezó a vivir en cada domicilio y las fechas en que se mudó.
EMPLEO (últimos 5 años) mes y año
__ Nombres, fechas, y domicilio de las compañías donde ha trabajado durante los últimos cinco años.
__ Posición que tuvo en cada compañía.
MATRIMONIO(S)
Esposo(a) Actual:
__ Nombre.
__ Domicilio.
__ Fecha de nacimiento.
__ Fecha de matrimonio civil.
__ País donde nació.
__ Número de Seguro Social.
__ Número de la tarjeta de residencia permanente (si es aplicable).
__ Fecha y lugar de naturalización (si es aplicable).
__ Estatus migratorio.
Esposo(a) anterior:
__ Nombre.
__ Fecha de matrimonio.
__ Fecha de divorcio.
__ Certificado de divorcio/fallecimiento.
__ Estatus migratorio.
La misma información es necesaria si su cónyuge fue casado(a) anteriormente.
HIJOS
__ Nombre(s).
__ Fecha de nacimiento.
__ País donde nació.
__ Número de la tarjeta de residencia o estatus migratorio.
__ Ciudad y estado donde vive.
HISTORIA CRIMINAL
__ Fecha y ciudad en que ocurrió el incidente.
__ Tipo de delito cometido.
__ Resultado del incidente.
__ Reporte de la policía y la disposición del tribunal.
SERVICIO SELECTIVO
__ Número del Servicio Selectivo y fecha de registro.
1. Si se registro debe llamar al (847) 688-6888 para obtener la información o visite www.sss.gov.
2. Si no se ha registrado y tiene entre 18 y 26 años de edad, tiene que registrarse llamando al (847) 688-6888.
3. Si usted nació después de 1960 y estuvo en los EEUU entre la edad de 18-26 años, tiene que haberse registrado para el Servicio Selectivo aun siendo residente permanente o indocumentado.
**Esta es una lista parcial. Puede que se requiera información o documentación adicional.**

__$680 ($595 is for the application and $85 is for the fingerprints)check or money order payable to the: DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
IDENTIFICATION
__ Driver’s license or State issued I.D.
__ Social Security Card.
__ Legal Permanent Residency Card – “Green Card.”
TRIPS OUTSIDE THE U.S. (month/day/year)
__ Dates of all trips, over 24 hours, outside the United States since becoming a legal permanent resident.
__ Dates left for and returned from abroad, reason for leaving, and destination.
RESIDENCE (last 5 years) month & year
__ Complete addresses for the past five years.
__ Dates moved in and moved out of the residence.
EMPLOYMENT (last 5 years) month & year
__ Names, dates, and addresses of all employers for the past five years.
__ Title of position held.
MARRIAGE(S)
Present Spouse:
__ Name.
__ Address.
__ Country of Birth.
__ Date of Birth.
__ Date of marriage by Law.
__ Social Security Number.
__ A # from his/her residency card (if applicable).
__ Date and Place of Naturalization (if applicable).
__ Immigration status.
Former spouse:
__ Name.
__ Date of marriage.
__ Date marriage ended.
__ Divorce/death certificate.
__ Immigration status.
The same information is required if your spouse was previously married.
CHILDREN
__ Names of all children.
__ Date of birth.
__ Country of birth.
__ A #’s of all children.
__ City and state of where they live.
CRIMINAL RECORD
__ Date and location of any arrest.
__ Nature of the offense.
__ Outcome of the case.
__ Police report and court disposition.
SELECTIVE SERVICE
__ Selective Service Number and date registered.
1. If you registered and do not have this information, you can call (847) 688-6888 or visit www.sss.gov.
2. If you have not registered and are between the ages of 18 to 26, you should register by calling (847) 688-6888.
3. If you were born after 1960 and you were in the US between the ages of 18 to 26, you must have registered with Selective Service, even if you were undocumented.
**This is a partial list only. We may require additional information and/or documentation*

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