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SFO Hosts Free Citizenship Workshop for Airport Employees and Families

Partnership with San Francisco Pathways to Citizenship Initiative provides expert assistance for green card renewals, citizenship applications

San Francisco International Airport (SFO), in partnership with the San Francisco Pathways to Citizenship Initiative and the We Rise SF Labor Center for Immigrant Justice, will host a workshop to provide free eligibility screenings, legal consultations, application assistance, fee waiver assistance, and other citizenship resources for airport workers and their families. The event will take place on September 22nd, 2018, from 1pm-4pm in the International Terminal. The goal of the event is to provide free, high-quality citizenship services to employees who are eligible for naturalization. The event follows National Citizenship Day, celebrated on September 17, 2018.

“For millions of people, SFO is the international gateway to the San Francisco Bay Area,” said Airport Director Ivar C. Satero. “This workshop recognizes our unique role, by providing pathways to citizenship for so many hard-working members of our SFO employee family. This is yet another example of our commitment to be an exceptional Airport, in service to our communities.”

The San Francisco Pathways to Citizenship Initiative event offers free workshops for citizenship application assistance. Workshops help participants complete their entire citizenship application from start to finish in one day. During the workshop, the applicants will be led through separate stations before check-out to determine citizenship application eligibility. Applicants receive a step-by-step review of the naturalization process, assessment of eligibility (qualifications) to apply for citizenship, N-400 Form citizenship application preparation, help with Fee Waiver application (if qualified), and application review with an immigration expert.

The workshop was made possible by the San Francisco Pathways to Citizenship Initiative, which was established in 2013 by the late Mayor Edwin M. Lee. SF Pathways also forms part of national campaigns, including the New American Campaign and Cities for Citizenship, which are focused on increasing municipal involvement in naturalization efforts. This initiative has created a public-private partnership between local foundations and the City and County of San Francisco’s Office of Civic Engagement & Immigrant Affairs (OCEIA), all dedicated to promoting citizenship and civic engagement among San Francisco’s immigrant communities. Through the City’s partnership with Mission Asset Fund, individuals that live or work in SF (including at the airport) may be eligible for financial assistance through zero-interest, credit building loans with a 50% match to cover the $725 naturalization filing fee. To date, these citizenship workshops have saved participants $3 million in fees and legal consultations.

The September 22nd event at SFO will be by appointment only.  Interested parties should contact the We Rise San Francisco Labor Center for Immigrant Justice at 415.410.8798 or email cporras@werisesf.org.

This workshop and other resources for SFO’s workforce are offered by the Airport Commission’s Office of Economic and Community Development. For more information about SFO’s citizenship workshop or employee resources please contact community@flysfo.com.