Campaign spurs immigrants to become citizens and vote


HIAS Pennsylvania partnered with the City Office of Immigrant Affairs, NSC, Esperanza and other community organizations to provide pro bono assistance to green card holders with their citizenship applications so that they will be able to vote in the November elections. 

Read more about why immigrants are choosing to become citizens here: Campaign Spurs Immigrants to Become Citizens and Vote

FREE Citizenship Classes

The Philadelphia Citizenship Action Network (P-CAN) offers:

FREE citizenship classes*

FREE or REDUCED citizenship applications assistance





Our next information session and screening will be for seniors 55+ held at the

KleinLife Center

10100 Jamison Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19116

Friday, November 20, 2015
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Please bring a copy of your Green Card

To apply, you must:

Staff Attorney Elizabeth Yaeger in the News!

On Monday, August 17, 2015, HIAS PA Immigrant Youth Advocacy Project Supervising Attorney Elizabeth Yaeger was interviewed by Telemundo. The interview included our Citizenship Day campaign partner, Mayor's Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs Executive Director, Jennifer Rodriquez.

HIAS PA Participates in the Step Up to Citizenship Campaign

Are you a legal permanent resident who lives in Philadelphia? Do you think you might be eligible for Citizenship? Come to one of our two free information sessions, step one in our three-step Citizenship process:

Thursday, July 16th, 2015, PECO/Exelon building, 2301 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19103. Potentially eligible community members arrive at 10:45 a.m. For more information about this information session see our flyer at the bottom of this page. 

Important Notice Regarding TPS Re-Registration

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will not be reusing previously captured fingerprint and biometric (photograph and signature) data during the next Central American Temporary Protected Status (TPS) re-registration period.

USCIS Expands the Definition of "Mother" and "Parent" to Include Gestational Mothers Using Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)


October 28, 2014

USCIS issued a new policy (PA-2014-009) clarifying the definition of “mother” and “parent” under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to include gestational mothers using assisted reproductive technology regardless of whether they are the genetic mothers. USCIS and the Department of State (DOS), who exercise authority over these issues, collaborated in the development of this policy. USCIS and DOS concluded that the term “mother” and “parent” under the INA includes any mother who:

Get Out the Vote: New Citizen Edition

Aung Myo Twin arrived with his wife as a Burmese refugee in 2008 and was resettled by HIAS Pennsylvania. He fled from his country in 1996 and from the age of 15 lived in a refugee camp for twelve years. When he and his family arrived in this country, Resa Rudney, a volunteer from Main Line Reform, became the “American Mother” for this family and “grandmother” for the daughter, who was born in the United States. 
About 4 years ago the family moved to Kentucky to join their friends from childhood.
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Executive Director to Attend White House's National Immigrant & Refugee Integration Convening


HIAS Pennsylvania's Executive Director has been selected to attend the National Immigrant & Refugee Integration Convening at the White House on July 16, 2014. The event will include break-out sessions with local and national lecturers on various topics including:

Statement on Efforts to Eliminate Executive Authority of President

HIAS Pennsylvania just learned that a vote is expected today in the House of Representatives to eliminate President Obama’s executive authority by a vote on ENFORCE Act (HR 4138) and the Faithful Execution of the Law Act (HR 3973). As Congressional action on immigration reform has stagnated, President Obama used his executive power to create Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) where hundreds of thousands of youth who have spent the majority of their lives in the U.S.


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