Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Reminder of Materials Needed for Participants of Citizenship Day at Texas A&M-Kingsville Saturday, April 14

KINGSVILLE - April 09, 2007

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143

Event part of ‘Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America’ celebration

The American Democracy Project (ADP) at Texas A&M University-Kingsville presents the following information to participants of Citizenship Day, happening on campus from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 14 in Jernigan Library, noting what they should bring with them.

Sponsored by Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz, in conjunction with Texas A&M University-Kingsville and hosted by the ADP, Citizenship Day will feature approximately 50 bilingual students and 10 attorneys volunteering to assist the public in applying for U.S. citizenship.

Those participating in the event should bring with them:

  • two photographs for submission;
  • checks in the amount of $330 for the application for naturalization and $70 for the fingerprinting fee;
  • copy of the Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) card, front and back;
  • evidence of removal of conditions on permanent residence, if applicable;
  • marriage certificate between applicant and spouse, if LPR status was obtained through marriage;
  • copy of divorce decree, if marriage has terminated since the applicant gained LPR status;
  • copies of five years of tax returns as proof of residency.

Computers will be available for online application with assistance from the volunteer group. Paper forms also will be available for participants to complete with assistance from the volunteer group.

To qualify for U.S. citizenship

According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) guidelines, U.S. citizenship is conferred upon a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act. The general requirements for administrative naturalization include:

  • a period of continuous residence and physical presence in the United States;
  • residence in a particular USCIS District prior to filing;
  • an ability to read, write and speak English;
  • a knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and government;
  • good moral character;
  • attachment to the principles of the U.S. Constitution; and,
  • favorable disposition toward the United States.

All naturalization applicants must demonstrate good moral character, attachment and favorable disposition. The other naturalization requirements may be modified or waived for certain applicants, such as spouses of U.S. citizens. Applicants should review carefully read the USCIS N-400 application instructions before applying.

Participants also can view a national traveling exhibit that tells the remarkable story of Alexander Hamilton, the Revolutionary War-era patriot and soldier and one of the most brilliant and influential figures in U.S. history. Born in 1757, Hamilton became the nation’s first Secretary of the Treasury at age 32, serving in George Washington’s cabinet.

However, he came from humble beginnings, starting as a 15-year-old orphaned immigrant from the West Indies and rising to becoming Washington’s wartime aide in just five years.

About the American Democracy Project

The American Democracy Project is a multi-campus initiative that seeks to create an intellectual and experiential understanding of civic engagement for undergraduates enrolled at institutions that are members of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). The goal of the project is to produce graduates who understand and are committed to engaging in meaningful actions as citizens in a democracy. Co-coordinators of the American Democracy Project at Texas A&M-Kingsville are Cecilia Aros Hunter, university archivist, and Dr. Les Hunter, Regents Professor of history.

About the exhibit, “Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America”

The exhibit was organized by the New York Historical Society, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the American Library Association. The traveling exhibition has been made possible in part through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, dedicated to expanding American understanding of human experience and cultural heritage. The traveling exhibition is based on the New York Historical Society's exhibition commemorating the 200th anniversary of Hamilton’s death as well as the 200th anniversary of the founding of the society in 1804.


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