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Free Citizenship Clinic for Haitian- and Caribbean-American immigrants in Broward/Palm Beach

Deerfield Beach – South Florida organizations expand free legal clinics to reach Brazilian American, Haitian American, and Caribbean American legal permanent residents in Broward and Palm Beach Counties who want to become New Americans. Microcamp USA, an Internet café and school, will host a Florida New Americans citizenship clinic in Deerfield Beach, with dozens of lawyers and volunteers on hand who will help applicants through the naturalization process.

Florida New Americans is a citizenship program launched by the Florida Immigrant Coalition in 2012. Since then, FLIC has successfully celebrated 8 citizenship clinics in South Florida, assisting close to 1,000 residents and finalizing over 600 citizenship applications. This upcoming citizenship clinic is co-sponsored by the Brazilian Community Center (BCC) of Pompano Beach, Fla. The BCC is a member organization of FLIC.

The clinic in Deerfield Beach aims to serve oft-overlooked Brazilian Americans who may be eligible for U.S. citizenship, in addition to eligible residents from across the county. Each year, less than 90,000 of about 700,000 eligible legal permanent residents go on to naturalize in Florida. Florida New Americans wishes to increase the application rate with clinics in various counties.

Volunteers will be available at clinics to advise eligible clients on requirements for citizenship, fee waiver applications for low-income families, and other opportunities to engage the community in working for immigrant rights.

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