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Citizenship Workshop Assistant

Start date: Ongoing
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Applying for citizenship can be a daunting process for refugees and immigrants. As a citizenship workshop volunteer, you will assist clients with completing their citizenship applications (N-400) and fee waiver (I-912) or reduced fee (I-942) requests. 

How to Apply

Fill out an application online. In the section "Interests and Questions," ensure that you specify 'Citizenship Workshop Volunteer' as the top position that interests you. For any questions, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at VolunteerSJ [at] Rescue.org (subject: Workshop%20Volunteer%20Inquiry, body: Name%3A%0APhone%20number%3A%20%0AMessage%3A) .  

Details

Training is provided to each volunteer prior to attending their first workshop. We have ongoing virtual workshops that occur approximately 1-2 times per week. Volunteers who are trained will receive a monthly email from the Community Outreach Coordinator with the upcoming month's volunteer dates.

IRC clients at their Citizenship Oath Ceremony Photo: IRC

Time Commitment 

Workshops are usually weekday evenings. Volunteers will receive a monthly email listing the opportunities they can sign up for in the upcoming month. 

Responsibilities

Assist clients with paperwork needed to obtain citizenship. Attend a training session to learn about citizenship paperwork.

Skills

Detail-oriented with an understanding of cross-cultural communication. Ability to handle sensitive information.

Importance of Citizenship

Becoming a U.S. citizen opens the door to many new opportunities, but a surprising number of eligible individuals do not apply because they are intimidated by the lenghy application process and don't know where to get help. Apply to volunteer today so you can help vulnerable populations access all the privileges and protections that come along with being an American citizen including:

Forced to flee violence in Iraq, Bushra Naji and her family came to the U.S. in 2008. Five years later with the help of IRC, Bushra became an American citizen. Photo: IRC / Donna Alberico

Voting and running for office

Security against deportation

Bringing more family to the U.S.

Increased job opportunities

Traveling with a U.S. passport

No more paperwork and fees

Access to public benefits

How IRC Helps

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is an international non-profit organization founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein. IRC is at work in more than 40 countries and 28 U.S. cities and each year our programs serve 23 million people worldwide. The American Institute of Philanthropy CharityWatch gives the IRC an A+ rating and Charity Navigator awarded the IRC its highest rating. 

Our comprehensive immigration services are available in 23 U.S. cities and are provided by qualified staff accredited by the U.S. Department of Justice. We can provide eligibility consultations, full case management services, and legal representation.