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Immigration

NOTE TO REFUGEES AND VOLUNTEERS: Please DO NOT EVER give legal advice to another refugee or help them fill out any questions. Unless you are trained in this area, you can harm someones immigration status or process by trying to help them. Please encourage everyone who has a question about Green Cards, Citizenship, Family Reunification and Immigration to Kelly White, Esq. at Church World Service or to Elon Law School.

Naturalization Program and Civics Classes for Immigrants and Refugees in Greensboro

Citizenship

Once refugees are in the United States for 5 years, and also have their green cards, they may be eligible to apply for naturalization. With citizenship refugees may fully participate in American life, by voting in elections and running for public office. For many, citizenship is a symbol of true acceptance in their new country. Kelly White, Esq. the Naturalization Coordinator at CWS, can help you apply for citizenship.

ESL/Civics Classes

This program offers English as a Second Language (ESL) and citizenship preparation classes for English Language Learners and native English speakers seeking to naturalize. Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced level ESL/Civic classes are available in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings, and run for 12 weeks each semester. Each class is two hours and meets twice a week. If you are an immigrant in Greensboro, have your Green Card, and are interested in taking these classes, please contact Kelly Dent (below) to register for the classes. Classes are FREE!!

Student Registration Form

New semesters begin in September, January, and May each year. Class enrollment is open all semester long, but we prefer that you try to enroll during registration BEFORE the semester begins.  If you are interested in enrolling in a class, please contact me at 336-210-5092. Our office is located at 620 S. Elm Street, Suite 315, Greensboro. When you come you will be registered into the class, take a placement exam, and will be told which class you are in. Bring your Green Card with you. We MUST have a copy of your Green Card on file to enroll you in a class.

In addition, once a month we will have Civic Refresher Sessions on Saturdays at various different agencies/locations around Greensboro. The Civics Refresher Session is a 2 hour  session about the N-400 form, interview, and test. It is a quick overview for those that want to learn about it or those who are just about to take the test and want a quick refresher. You do not have to be a student in the class to attend this workshop. If you are interested in participating in a workshop, or hosting a workshop, please contact Kelly Dent at 336-210-5092

Volunteering

If you are interested in volunteering or interning with the civics education program, please see our four volunteer opportunities avilable. If you are interested in 1 or more of the volunteer positions below, please send you Resume, Cover Letter and Volunteer Application to Kelly Dent as soon as possible. They can be email to kdent@chruchworldservice.org

ESL/Civics Teacher

Classroom ESL Tutors – Job Description

Small Group English Tutors – Job Description

Volunteer Naturalization Program Administrative Assistant – Job Description

Volunteer Application

Legal Internships:

If you are interested in interning with the immigration legal program, please see the opportunities attached below. Email your Cover Letter and Resume,  to Kelly White, if interested, at kwhite@cwsglobal.org.

Descriptions and Requirements of Internships in Direct Services or Reform Advocacy listed here.

Application Deadline:

Fall- August 30 (but interviews will begin August 1st)

Winter-January 20 (but interviews will begin December 1st)

Summer- March 17

Outreach

If you would like to help us spread the word about these services, feel free to print any of the flyers below (in a variety of languages) to email out, post on on your wall, post in your shop or church or school, etc.

Flyer in English                 Flyer in Spanish

Flyer in French                 Flyer in Swahili

Flyer in Vietnamese       Flyer in Karen

Flyer in Nepali                  Flyer in Arabic

Other Resources to Contact for Immigration Needs:

Humanitarian Immigration Law Clinic
Elon University School of Law
P.O. Box 5848
Greensboro, NC 27435

Phone: (336) 279-9299
Fax: (336) 272-9667
Website: law.elon.edu/immigrationclinic

Faith Action International House

705 North Greene Street
Greensboro, NC 27401-2025
(336) 379-0037

www.faihouse.org

Reading Connections

122 N. Elm Street, Suite 520, Greensboro, NC 27401 – (336) 230-2223

American Immigration Lawyer’s Association (AILA)

The American Immigration Lawyers Association is the national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.

To Find an AILA attorney:

http://www.ailalawyer.com/

ils@aila.org

To Find an Accredited Representative:

http://www.justice.gov/eoir/statspub/raroster.htm

Avoiding Scams or Fraud

Learn more about how to protect yourself:

Report Fraud to:

NC Bar online at: http://www.ncbar.com/public/

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