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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Microloan program to help legal immigrants cover naturalization costs - The Washington Post

Microloan program to help legal immigrants cover naturalization costs - The Washington Post

I think this is a good idea -- even if they don't loan the money to pay the attorney (that would be cool with me of course) here is an excerpt from the article.


"Pacas, 42, is among the first to apply for a new microloan designed to help legal permanent residents cover their naturalization costs.

“If I become a citizen thanks to this loan, I will be a very happy person,” said Pacas, a hotel housekeeper in the District who qualified for naturalization nearly a decade ago. She said she did not apply earlier because she did not have the money to pay the fees.

Organizers expect hundreds of green card holders such as Pacas to qualify for the pilot program being launched Tuesday by CASA of Maryland — the state’s largest immigrant advocacy group — in partnership with Citi and other financial institutions and nonprofit groups. However, they said, the need is much greater.

The lack of money and English skills are the two main reasons permanent residents do not seek citizenship, said Gustavo Torres, executive director of CASA."