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American Citizens for Justice (ACJ), a community partner of Asian American Justice Center together with Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) organizations, will hold a free seminar on how to apply for US citizenship on Jan. 21, 2012 in the PACCM building on Northland Court Park, Southfield.

The event is in pursuance of the national AAPI Naturalization Network’s (AAPINN) aim to help APIAs take the first step of applying for US citizenship throughout its six regions in California, Houston, Detroit, Charlotte and New York City.

ACJ is partnering with Association of Chinese Americans (ACA), APIAVote MI, Council of Asian Pacific Americans (CAPA), Cooley Law School, Filipino American Community Council (FIAMCCO), Michigan Asian Pacific Americans Affairs Commission (MAPAAC), Philippine American Community Center of Michigan (PACCM), Philippine Chamber of Commerce of Michigan (PCCM) and the Sikh Foundation in the offering of the workshop.

Citizenship is a cherished status that many APIAs strive for. But the process of becoming a US. citizen can be a complicated and confusing process for immigrants. The workshops will help “green card” holders in determining their citizenship eligibility.

ACJ staff, pro bono attorneys and trained volunteers will help individuals complete the Applications for Naturalization (Form N-400) and assess their eligibility for various waivers. Free workbooks and DVDs in seven languages will be distributed to applicants who complete the N-400 at the workshop.