Monday, April 22, 2013

San Jose: Immigrants get some tips on navigating U.S. citizenship process

Becoming a citizen has a LOT of paperwork to get through. This class is helping local immigrants understand and get through them.    - - Donna Poisl

By Steve Johnson

SAN JOSE -- Veronica Landeros was among hundreds of immigrants from around the world who descended on San Jose City College on Saturday to get a few pointers on how to manage their way through the sometimes arduous process of becoming a U.S. citizen.

Like many who showed up for the annual Citizenship Day event -- the 16th year it has been hosted by the Santa Clara County Citizenship Collaborative -- the 27-year-old Mexican immigrant, who lives in San Ramon and works as a Togo's cashier, was grateful for the advice.

"It was very helpful," she said of the classes held in 14 languages ranging from Arabic, Tagalog, Mandarin and Vietnamese to Russian, Somali, Tigrinya and Spanish. "They had a lot of information."
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