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Community center offers U.S. citizenship classes

WAIPAHU, Hawaii–Citizenship readiness classes will start again at the Filipino Community Center (FilCom Center) in Waipahu on Saturdays, 1 to 3 p.m., from June 1 through June 29.

Five sessions will be conducted by an immigration attorney from the Hawaii Immigrant Justice Center at the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii. Registration is $25 to cover the cost of handouts and other expenses. A Certificate of Completion will be awarded to all attendees who complete all five sessions.

The FilCom’s United States Naturalization Preparation course will include instructions in filling out the most current forms required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS); a review of questions that will be asked; and writing exercises and practice interviews. These will help applicants gain confidence in taking the naturalization tests and interviews.

Ilocano and Tagalog volunteer-interpreters will be available. Other language interpreters may be requested when registering.  After the citizenship classes, USCIS community outreach workers will be at the FilCom Center from 3 to 4 in the afternoon to assist patrons with questions on immigration, application for US passports and other related issues.

Some of the graduates of the sessions held in 2012 have already been accepted as US citizens early this year.  “Participating in the practice sessions during the classes made me less nervous during the real interview” commented one of the graduates who passed on her first try.

Register at the FilCom Center, 94-428 Mokuola Street, Suite 302 in Waipahu. Since space is limited, potential attendees are advised to register early. A “first come first served” policy will be followed. For more information, please call 808 680-0451 or email at filcom@filcom.org.

The FilCom Center, the largest facility of its kind in the country and outside of the Philippines, opened on June 11, 2002 as a long-awaited symbol of Filipinos’ presence and contributions to Hawaii. The FilCom Center serves thousands of people through its programs and events each year. For more information, visit www.filcom.org.

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Tags: Immigration , naturalization , U.S. citizenship

  • akramgolteb

    Why the need for these classes? US$25 for wads of paper! Once you get in legally, all you have to do is work work work save save save keep out of trouble & after the required number of years you can apply for citizenship & your record will speak for itself.

  • INQ_reader

    How about lessons in avoiding school massacres?

    • Crazy_horse101010

      they teach lessons in how to avoid election massacres . bigot. they also show how to protect those who are journalists.

      • INQ_reader

        Are you talking about Iraq and Afghanistan? Countries which america failed to democratize?

      • Crazy_horse101010

        sorry never been there have you. what does that have to do with american schools.or classes i lived in america and never seen one school shot up i could have if i had a lear jet and flown 5000 kilometers. they never had one in point barrow alaska. or roundup montana. not even in hupa caliifornia.

      • INQ_reader

        I don’t have to be there to know that america failed to democratize them.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        ps while you are in iraq you might visit with kurds as they were the ones who villages were gassed by saddam. ever seen the pictures of mother and babies laying dead in the streets. they were gassed even though the iraqis were told not to violate the no fly zone which they did anyway many times. ask them if they are happier now with the butcher gone ask the women of afghanistan if they are happy the since taliban were removed. since many were killed in public executions. and they had no rights

  • Awdaly Saleh

    Thank you the JEWISH JFVS organization , it is not profit , and supported

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