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Melrose Park, IL 60160

Citizenship / Ciudadania


For Yourself…Your Family…Your Community…

In 2009, P.A.S.O. initiated our citizenship program through the New Americans Initiative, a partnership with the IL Dept. of Human Services and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

The New Americans Initiative model has been recognized nationwide for its immigrant integration effectiveness.

Our program provides legal screening by lawyers and accredited personnel, assistance with the citizenship application and fee waiver application and referrals to citizenship and English classes locally, ALL FREE OF CHARGE. We offer office hours at our location every 1st and 2nd Thursday of each month and organize citizenship workshops through the community throughout the year.

Highlights of our program:

  • Locally, P.A.S.O. has outreached over 2,600 eligible community members and has directly assisted over 1,200 residents begin the citizenship process.
  • Our workshops have engaged over 100 local volunteers, who have received training and capacitation. A key component of our program is volunteerism, engaging youth and adults to become directly involved in helping others begin this important process.
  • P.A.S.O. has partnered with Nuevos Horizontes and Triton College, two key educational institutions who provide free citizenship and English classes to refer citizenship applicants.
  • Our citizenship program has effectively impacted hundreds of community residents become citizens, directly touching their lives and those of their families. At our citizenship workshop on February 2011, Senator Dick Durbin joined P.A.S.O. as keynote speaker to congratulate a group of community members who would become citizens through our program.

If you would like to learn more about the citizenship process and requirements, click here: Citizenship Flyer English

If you would like to begin the process to become a citizen or have questions about our workshops, please contact Estela, Citizenship Coordinator, at 708-410-2000


Por Ti..Por Tu Familia..Por Tu Comunidad..

En 2009, P.A.S.O. inició su programa de ciudadanía a través de la Iniciativa de Nuevos Americanos, una colaboración entre el Departamento de Servicios Humanos de Illinois y la Coalición de Illinois por los Derechos de Inmigrantes y Refugiados. El modelo de la Iniciativa Nuevos Americanos ha sido reconocido a nivel nacional por su eficacia en la integración de comunidades inmigrantes.

Nuestro programa ofrece a residentes legales una revisión legal de su caso y asistencia con las solicitudes de ciudadanía y perdón de pago, y le referimos a clases de Ciudadanía e Ingles localmente, todo esto COMPLETAMENTE GRATIS. Ofrecemos citas individuales en nuestra oficina el primer y segundo jueves de cada mes y organizamos talleres de ciudadanía en la comunidad durante todo el año.

Logros de nuestro programa:

  • A nivel local, mas de 2,600 miembros de la comunidad han contactado nuestros servicios y hemos asistido directamente a más de 1,200 residentes a comenzar el proceso de ciudadanía.
  • En nuestros talleres, han participado más de cien voluntarios de la comunidad, quienes han sido entrenados y capacitados. Un componente clave de nuestro programa es el voluntariado de jóvenes y adultos, quienes se han involucrado directamente para  ayudar a otros iniciar este importante proceso.
  • P.A.S.O. trabaja en colaboración con  Nuevos Horizontes y Triton College, dos instituciones educativas claves en la comunidad quienes ofrecen clases de ciudadanía y de inglés gratuitas.
  • Nuestro programa de ciudadanía ha positivamente impactado  a cientos de residentes de la comunidad a convertirse en ciudadanos, asimismo fortaleciendo sus vidas y las de sus familias al lograr este paso importante. En nuestro taller de  ciudadanía de Febrero 2011, el senador federal  Dick Durbin se unió a P.A.S.O. como invitado especial para felicitar a un grupo de miembros de la comunidad que se convirtieron en ciudadanos a través de nuestro programa.

Si desea obtener más información sobre el proceso de ciudadanía y de los requisitos, haga clic aquí: Citizenship Flyer Spanish

Si desea iniciar el proceso para convertirse en un ciudadano o tiene preguntas acerca de nuestros talleres, por favor póngase en contacto con Estela al 708-410-2000


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Rally for Sanctuary in Oak Park: No Loopholes, No Collaboration

February 4, 2017, 12:00pm - February 4, 2017, 2:00pm

At the last Village Board Meeting in January, community members packed the chambers of Village Hall to ask the Oak Park Village Board to work to pass a strong and inclusive Welcoming Village Ordinance. The initially proposed policy was rejected because it contained problematic deportation loopholes. Under the proposed policy, collaboration with ICE would have been permissible if an immigrant is a defendant in a case. This would mean immigrant residents could be turned over to ICE even before getting their day in court. Village officials could also turn a resident over to ICE if their name appeared in a suspected gang database, which is problematic given the discretionary and unreliable nature of such databases. Across the country, children younger than 10 have been on these lists for wearing pants that were “too baggy.” In California, 42 people were placed on the list before turning one year of age. The Oak Park Trustees agreed it was imperative for Oak Park to revisit its policy and to work with community and immigrant advocacy organizations to ensure Oak Park passes the most progressive policy possible. Since then, immigrant advocacy, legal organizations, and Oak Park community institutions have presented the Village with policy that can ensure protection and which removes the loopholes that would open the door for collaboration. The Village now has an opportunity to ensure Oak Park lives up to its progressive values by taking bold and courageous action to pass a strong Welcoming Ordinance without loopholes. The next board meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 6 at 7:30 PM. Join us this weekend to call on the Village of Oak Park to pass a strong Welcoming Ordinance without loopholes that can ensure protection, not collaboration! Immigrant, Muslim, and refugee communities are under unprecedented attacks. Last week, the Trump administration passed Executive Orders which essentially make all immigrants subject and priority for deportation. Now more than ever Oak Park must remain true to its principles of equality, diversity, and inclusion. --------- Sponsoring organizations: The Arab American Action Network (AAAN), the Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine - Oak Park, Community of Congregations, the Collaborative for Health Equity Cook County, the Democratic Party of Oak Park (DPOP), the Oak Park Progressive Women for Action, the Oak Park Community Relations Commission, the Suburban Unity Alliance (SUA), and the West Suburban Action Project (PASO). To add your organization’s name to the list of supporting organizations email

January 31st, 3:40 pm  ·  

Unase a PASO para seguir la resistencia a las pólizas destructivas en contra de comunidades de color, inmigrantes, Musulmanas, LGBTQ, mujeres, y otras comunidades vulnerables! ...

Day 5 of the Resistance:Protest & Press Conference at DHS office

February 1, 2017, 4:30pm - February 1, 2017, 7:00pm

Day 5 of the resistance to Trump's executive orders: press conference and protest at Chicago's Department of Homeland Security Wednesday, February 1st #NoMuslimBan #Not1More #RealSanctuary Mexican Consulate confirms that Mexican travelers are also being held for more stringent questioning at customs WHAT: Press conference and protest in response to the Trump Administration's executive orders signed last week that threatens federal funding to sanctuary cities; and effectively bans all refugees, plus citizens of seven Arab, African, or Muslim countries, from entering the U.S. WHERE: Outside the Department of Homeland Security, 525 W. Van Buren Street, downtown Chicago WHEN: Wednesday, February 1st, 2017, at 4:30 PM CST CHICAGO - This past weekend, thousands of members of Chicago's immigrant communities and their supporters descended on O'Hare airport for two consecutive nights, calling for the release of Arabs, Africans, and/or Muslims who were being detained at the airport in response to Donald Trump's executive order on Friday. That order effectively bans ALL refugees, plus citizens of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and Sudan (including legal residents of the United States with green cards), from entering the country. The orders were enacted while many refugee families were in transit to the United States. Federal judges in Brooklyn and other districts ruled for a stay of the executive order, rejecting the policy as unconstitutional, but Trump's Department of Homeland Security has ignored the federal injunction and continues to detain. Channel 5 News in Chicago has reported that the individuals in secondary detention are being asked a series of questions related to their faith and political beliefs, including "Do you hate the United States?" "What do you think about Trump?" and "Where is the mosque in which you pray?" In addition, there are reports confirmed by the Mexican Consulate that non-U.S. citizen Mexican travelers are also facing increased scrutiny and questioning. On Wednesday, February 1st, outside the offices of the Department of Homeland Security in Chicago, thousands again will take to the streets calling on Trump to rescind his executive order, for the release of all detainees in Chicago and across the country, for the city to remove the deportation and other carve outs from its Welcoming City ordinance, for an end to the criminalization of Black and other people of color, and for an end to all detentions and deportations. Conveners and supporters: Arab American Action Network, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago, Organized Communities Against Deportations, United African Organization, Korean American Resource and Cultural Center, PASO-West Suburban Action Project, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, National Immigrant Justice Center, U.S. Palestinian Community Network, Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, Chicago Teachers Union, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Syrian Action Network, Arab American Family Services, National Alliance for Filipino Concerns, Anakbayan, Campaign to TAKE ON HATE, Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, American Muslims for Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos, Black Lives Matter-Chicago, United Electrical Workers (UE) Western Region, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Illinois and Indiana, United Working Families, Fight for 15-Chicago,Enlace Chicago, Student and Graduate Activists (SAGA)-UIC, Pilsen Alliance, The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance - Illinois, Indo-American Center elected and appointed officials, and many other advocacy, immigrant rights, and legal groups.

January 31st, 12:35 pm  ·  

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