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Below is a compiled list of resources to aid you during and after the naturalization process. As you go through the steps of the naturalization process, we encourage you to reach out to these Naturalize Charlotte member organizations so they can help ease the process and provide personalized help for you.

LEGAL SERVICES

Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte

Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte’s immigration program is accredited by the Department of Justice and their immigration specialists are recognized by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service to represent clients. Their staff help clients better understand their legal status and possible immigration benefits. Both staff members are bilingual in Spanish and English and have access to local immigration attorneys, as well as to Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc (CLINIC), a nationwide network of immigration attorneys. Their services include: Citizenship, Travel Documents, Family Petitions and Consular Process, Green Card (Replacement and Renewals), Adjustment of Status, Translation and Notary Services, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA- Renewal), Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

 

Contact:

Anggie Fernandez

alfernandez@charlottediocese.org

Charlotte: 704-370-3219

International House

The Ginter Immigration Law Clinic at International House helps Charlotte's immigrants and refugees navigate the legal process to become U.S. citizens, secure a green card or work permit, and reunite their families here in their new city. With a mandate to serve low-income residents of the Greater Charlotte area and staffed by three attorneys and one board-accredited representative who can represent clients. The Clinic is open to all ethnic groups and targets the most disadvantaged cases.

Contact:

 704-405-0962

Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency

The Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency offers Immigration Legal Services including help with green cards, permanent residency, adjustment of status and citizenship applications. The CRRA's Legal Services are open to the public.

Contact:

Marsha Hirsch

marsha.hirsh@carolinarefugee.org

704-535-8803

Latin American Coalition

La Coalición operates an Immigration Legal Clinic that focuses on Green Cards and Adjustments of Status in addition to providing Fee Waiver Evaluations, Application Assistance, and Attorney Review.

 

Contact:

Ivonne Bass

ibass@mylac.org

704-941-2553

Southeast Asian Coalition

The Southeast Asian Coalition works with many partner organizations and community and legal volunteers to support community members through their citizenship process. We organize free, in-language Citizenship & Know Your Rights fairs that include pre-screenings, N-400 and fee waiver application support, a Know Your Rights presentation and attorney reviews. 

Contact:

Jenny Lee

jenny@seacvillage.org

 

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

 
Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency

The Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency offers Citizenship Preparation Classes to all community members who are ready to naturalize.

Contact:

Marsha Hirsch

marsha.hirsh@carolinarefugee.org

704-535-8803

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Central Piedmont Community College

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) offers Multi-level English Classes, Citizenship Preparation Classes, Educational Advising, and Vocational Training.

 

Contact:

Lindsay LaPlante

lindsay.laplante@cpcc.edu

Latin American Coalition

La Coalición offers ESL and citizenship classes. All programs are offered in both Spanish and English.

 

Contact:

Ivonne Bass

ibass@mylac.org

704-941-2553

International House

International House offers Multi-level ESL Classes for adults, citizenship tutoring and classes for adults, and an English Conversation Hour for all ages.

Contact:

Jennifer De La Jara

jdelajara@ihclt.org

704-333-8099

Mon-Fri 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Southeast Asian Coalition

The Southeast Asian Coalition organizes community education programming to explore identity, social justice issues and civic engagement in order to build a community centered consciousness. 

Contact:

 

A’lishia Bowman

alishia@seacvillage.org

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services administers the nation’s lawful immigration system and aids with citizenship, naturalization, and civic integration. USCIS offers Naturalization Presentations and Naturalization Study Materials.

Contact:

 

Charlotte Community Relations Officer

cltcro@uscis.dhs.gov

704-676-3148

7:00 AM - 3:30 PM

USCIS

YOUTH PROGRAMS

 
Refugee Support Services

Refugee Support Services Education Program provides refugee children and parents with a safe, loving, nurturing, environment that promotes a love for learning and creative play. Children are taught and encouraged to interact happily with each other, to listen quietly to stories while sitting side by side, to share snack time at the same table, to create works of art, to exercise by playing and to talk with adults who listen attentively to their needs and discoveries.

Contact:

Rachel Humphries

info@refugeesupportservices.org  

704-458-3245

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ourBRIDGE

At ourBRIDGE, youth receive homework help, participate in hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering , Arts and Math) projects, and engage in a culturally relevant curriculum that emphasizes experiential learning. With an average of 100 kids served per day, ourBRIDGE offers students a curriculum that includes gardening, cooking, art, sports, education, and more. ourBRIDGE's focus is on the social and emotional well being of their students.

Contact:

(980) 272-6022
info@joinourbridge.org

Southeast Asian Coalition

At the Southeast Asian Coalition our Youth Program is the center of all of the work we do. The Youth Program engaged predominantly African American, Southeast Asian and Latinx youth from the East and West sides of Charlotte. SEAC believes in the power of our youth and is here to provide them with space to gain a political education, friendships, family, support, and so forth.  The Youth Program comes to SEAC weekly on Tuesday, for Turn Up Tuesday. In addition, SEAC also offers our youth an internship opportunity in the Young Activists and Student Organizer Program.

Contact:

 

A’lishia Bowman

alishia@seacvillage.org

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YMCA

The YMCA New American Welcome Centers strengthen immigrant access to vital social services and provide a range of services for community members such as ESL and Parents as Teachers. 

Contact:

 

Candace Murray

Candace.Murray@YMCAcharlotte.org

 

Pilar Perez

Pilar.Perez@YMCAcharlotte.org

Catholic Charities
Diocese of Charlotte

Catholic Charities Refugee Youth Program exists to support refugee students and their families both in their education as well as their overall experience of adapting to their new home. We seek to offer a helping hand as families face the many challenges of resettlement. These include, but are not limited to, navigating the American education system, repercussions of the loss of community and extended family, language barriers, and cultural adaption.

YOUTH SERVICES:

  • After-school programming for K-5 focusing on homework assistance, literacy and ESL.

  • Middle School Program providing homework assistance, tutoring, and social development.

  • Drop-in tutoring for High School students

  • Meeting with teachers and school administrators to track and support students 

  • High School mentorship

  • Weekly dinners for Middle and High School students

  • College preparation and/or job readiness assistance

  • Parent and community meetings

  • Summer programming focused on ESL, literacy and community involvement

  • Field trips, enrichment activities and more!

Contact:

 

Lashonda Walker

704-370-3397

LRWalker@charlottediocese.org

NEXT STEP:

The next step in the process is to determine if you are eligible to begin the naturalization process and start your path to citizenship.