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CAIR-SFBA to Host Citizenship Drive Before USCIS Fees Increase Dramatically

(SANTA CLARA, CA, 9/9/2020) – The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) is hosting virtual citizenship clinics this month in anticipation of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) immigration and naturalization fees increase. 

On October 2, the USCIS will increase fees for citizenship applications from $725 to $1,200 and eliminate fee waivers. This means that even if you have low income, you will still have to pay the full $1,200 in order to apply. 

CAIR-SFBA has partnered with local organizations and mosques including Asian Law Caucus, New Americans Campaign, Yemeni American Association, Masjid Al Rahman, SABA Islamic Center, Islamic Center of Mill Valley, and Muslim Community Association, to host virtual clinics on September 11 and September 25. During these workshops, attorneys will provide free legal assistance with naturalization and fee waiver applications. Registration for the clinics can be found here.

Amir Naim, Immigrants Rights’ Attorney at CAIR-SFBA said in a statement: 

“A majority of our clients rely on fee waivers to allow them to apply for citizenship, and we are concerned that the implementation of this fee increase along with the elimination of the fee waiver will put citizenship out of reach for many in our community. CAIR-SFBA is working with a number of local mosques and organizations to encourage as many people as possible to apply before the new rule goes into effect, and these virtual citizenship clinics are part of that effort.” 

CAIR-SFBA is an office of CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice and empower American Muslims.

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CONTACT: Communications Coordinator Zoha Raza, 408.418.6902, zraza@cair.com

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