Free Citizenship Assistance - Deportation
On December 19, 1998, the Immigrant’s Journal publication was launched, at New York City Technical College Brooklyn, NY. The publication started as a weekly basis and was distributed throughout the Caribbean, African and Hispanic communities. Additionally, the Journal launched its Free Citizenship Assistance Program. This program was launched to help keep families together, because of the devastation of IRIRA on the immigrant community.
IRIRA, was the vision of an anti-immigrant movement that overtook the Republican Party from 1992. This movement helped the Republicans take Congress in 1994 for the first time in fifty years. In Congress, this movement helped legislate IRIRA, signed by President Clinton, on April 21, 1996. Among other issues, that ACT removed 212(c) waivers from the immigration books. That waiver was essentially a program that offered persons who committed non-serious felonies another opportunity to stay in the United States, if they had rehabilitated, were no longer a threat to society and actually contributed to society. It was a waiver of forgiveness, forgiveness as taught in the scriptures.
In this anti-immigrant climate, no more waivers atmosphere, the leadership at Figeroux & Associates, decided to launch it’s Free Citizenship Assistance Program, the Immigrant’s Journal Legal & Educational Fund, Inc, (IJLEF) a proposed not for profit organization and the Immigration Cultural Expose, (ICE), Radio Show, on WPAT 930AM. The Free Citizenship Assistance Program was eventually also known as the Deportation Inoculation Program, because of President Barrack Obama’s record deportations. IJLEF eventually became a 501(c)(3) approved organization. Special note: the Free Citizenship Assistance Program has helped thousands of immigrants become United Stated citizens. With no funding, Brian Figeroux, and many volunteers over a decade have made this possible.
FREE Citizenship Assistance
For our Members!
FREE Citizenship Assistance is applicable ONLY to valid members of the Immigrant's Journal Legal &
Educational, Fund, Inc. Valid membership means that the membership is current and not expired.
General Citizenship Application Assistance - $750 (without arrests)
General Citizenship Application Assistance with an arrest – Must first have a consultation with the attorney.
If you are a permanent resident, you can become a U.S. Citizen through the process called naturalization if you meet the following requirements:
1. You have resided in the United States as a permanent resident continuously for five years. (You can qualify after only three years if you have been married to and living with the same U.S. citizen for the last three years.)
2. You have been physically present in the United States as a permanent resident for half of the five years (or half of the three, if you are married to a U.S. Citizen).
3. You have resided for at least three months in the state in which the naturalization application will be filed.
4. You are a person of good moral character.
5. You have a basic knowledge of U.S. government and history.
6. You are able to read, write, and speak simple English (with exceptions for some older and long-time permanent residents, and for disabled permanent residents). Please visit www.literacydirectory.org to search for literacy classes by zipcodes Or call 311.
7. You are at least 18 years of age and legally competent to take an oath of allegiance to the United States.
8. You express your allegiance to the United States Red Flags - Meet with our immigration attorney
You should see an immigration attorney or other legal counselor if any of the following apply to you:
1. You have ever been arrested.
2. You have ever lied to any immigration officer, consular official, or government official.
3. You married solely to obtain resident status.
4. Since becoming a lawful permanent resident, you have been absent from the United States for long periods of time, especially periods over one year.
5. You have ever failed to file an income tax return for any year since becoming a lawful permanent resident or you currently owe money to the government for overdue taxes.
6. You have ever voted or registered to vote.
7. You failed to support your dependents or to pay alimony.
8. You are a male who lived in the United States at any time between your 18th and 26th birthdays and failed to register with the Selective Service.
9. One of your parents became a U.S. citizen before you turned 18. You may already be a U.S. citizen.
Your Rights as A U.S. Citizen You can vote for the politician of your choice and have full participation in United States democracy. Remember, as a voter, the politicians will listen to you.
You can run for any public office, except President and Vice President.
As a U.S. citizen, you are eligible for all state and federal jobs, and other jobs where U.S. citizenship is required.
You can protect yourself from government policy changes that target non-citizens, such as welfare and Supplemental Social Income.
Unlike other immigration papers, you never have to renew your citizenship certificate.
If you become a citizen before your children turn 18, in most cases they also become citizens and receive benefits that all citizens are entitled to.
You can help more of your family members come to the United States. In addition to your spouse and unmarried children, you can also petition for your parents, married children, siblings (married or single), and fiancé. In most cases unmarried children of U.S. citizens get permanent residence faster if the parents are citizens than if the parents are permanent residents.
Finally, you have the privilege of traveling in and out of the United States more freely and you enjoy the benefits of holding a U.S. Passport
Citizenship Requirements (PDF Flyer)