OAKLEY -- Legal immigrants who want to become U.S. citizens can get help completing the paperwork at a free event next month.
St. Anthony Catholic Church will host its second citizenship drive starting at 9 a.m. May 4 at 971 O'Hara Ave., Oakley.
Participants must schedule an appointment by calling 925-237-8581, ext. 11. Appointments are available until 2 p.m.
Individuals must be legal permanent residents. Those married to a U.S. citizen must have held that status for three years; others must have obtained legal residency at least five years ago.
Applicants also must have a track record of good moral conduct and pay a $680 fee.
The application process includes a presentation on the right to vote and other benefits of citizenship.
Certified immigration attorneys will review the applications before they're sent to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Anyone interested in volunteering to help these prospective American citizens is invited to sign up for the training that's scheduled for 6:30 p.m. May 2 in the council chamber at Oakley City Hall, 3231 Main St.
This event also will offer free legal advice for those who came to the U.S. illegally as a youngster and now want to postpone deportation under the policy known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
Law students and attorneys will be on hand to discuss the eligibility requirements and answer other questions.
Those attending the DACA workshop should bring their eligibility supporting documents. Appointments are strongly encouraged. To make an appointment, call 925-237-8581, ext. 11.
Reach Rowena Coetsee at 925-779-7141 or Twitter.com/RowenaCoetsee.