Program to Focus on Pursuing a Path to U.S. Citizenship

BELMAR, NJ — The process of becoming an American citizen will be explored during an immigration workshop on Thursday, January 30 at the Belmar Public Library.

The free hourlong program that begins at 6 p.m. will be presented by Jewish Family Services (JFS) of Middlesex County, which is certified to assist immigrants through the citizenship process.

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It is open to all area residents who are interested in learning about:

  • Citizenship eligibility and requirements.
  • Where, when and how much it costs to file an application.
  • Review of the citizenship application.
  • How to prepare for the new citizenship test.
  • What to expect at a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) interview.
  • What to do if your application is lost or delayed.
  • Green card eligibility requirements.

Attendees will be able to ask JFS representatives who are bilingual in Spanish any specific questions they may have on the immigration process.

Belmar resident Jim Sharrock has been instrumental in bringing the JFS program to the Belmar Public Library as a community service. “I approached the people at the library with the idea, and they liked it,” he said.

From there, his research into community education programs on immigration led him to JFS of Middlesex County — a nonprofit organization that specializes in providing assistance to immigrants and refugees from all over the world. It is certified by the U.S. Department of Justice to represent and advocate on behalf of immigrants in matters brought before USCIS.

JFS representatives will lead the January 30 workshop, which Sharrock said is intended to be an introduction to a series of more in-depth sessions designed for individuals pursuing a path to citizenship.

Sharrock, who is retired after spending 40 years in law enforcement in Hudson County, plans to provide the civics classes as part of that effort.

Registration is requested but not required for the January 30 program at the Belmar Public Library, located at 517 10th Avenue. For more information, call the library at 732-681-0775 or visit www.belmarlibrary.org to send a message.

For updates on the library’s various programs and services, visit its website or Facebook page.

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