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Mayor Wu expressed her appreciation for the volunteers who make this event possible. "Becoming a U.S. citizen is an important milestone for many immigrants, but it can be a complicated and expensive process," she said. "Citizenship Day helps eliminate one of those barriers."
The process of becoming a U.S. citizen can cost thousands in legal fees, but on Citizenship Day in Boston, hundreds of community volunteers, law students, and pro bono attorneys are available to help applicants fill out their applications free of charge. Applicants must still pay the USCIS application fee; however, those who are low-income may qualify for a fee waiver. Interpretation services are also available for those who need it.
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Monique Tú Nguyen, Executive Director of MOIA, believes that becoming a citizen creates more opportunity not only for the individual but also for the places where new citizens live and work. "Reaching this milestone empowers people to become more active and further contribute to this City," she said.
Mitra Shavarini, Executive Director of Project Citizenship added that citizenship allows people to participate in our democracy and be civically engaged. "By providing free legal help," she said, "we make sure citizenship isn't just for people who can afford it."
Since 2014, the City of Boston has partnered with nonprofit Project Citizenship to host this event which has served over 2,600 people to date - making it the largest citizenship workshop in New England.
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