OAKLEY -- The city is reaching out to immigrants who want to become U.S. citizens by helping them through part of the process.

Oakley's third annual community citizenship drive will take place May 31 at City Hall, 3231 Main St.

Participants must register in advance by calling 925-237-8581, ext. 11.

The free event -- open to Oakley residents and nonresidents alike -- will include a presentation outlining the steps to becoming a citizen and explain the requirements applicants must meet.

To be eligible for citizenship, an individual must be a legal permanent resident for at least three years if he or she is married to a U.S. citizen, or five years otherwise.

Representatives from Liberty Union High School District's adult education program will be on hand to sign up applicants for civics classes and English classes at a nominal cost.

Once it has been determined that would-be citizens are ready to embark on the application process, volunteers will help them fill out the N-400 application form. The $50 cost is payable by cash or check.

Applicants also will find out whether they qualify for a waiver of the $680 filing and fingerprinting fee that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services charges.

The list of documents and other information individuals must bring with them is available by clicking on this link: http://youmeweoakley.org/annual-citizenship-drive


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In addition, there will be a presentation on the benefits and responsibilities of citizenship, including the right to vote.

One of the goals of the drive, which is organized by You, Me, We = Oakley! and the International Institute of the Bay Area, is to encourage prospective American citizens to get involved in the community.

Volunteers who would like to help at the event are asked first to attend a training session that will be held at 6:30 p.m. May 29 in the city's council chamber at 3231 Main St. To register, call 925-625-7011.

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