Naturalization preparation classes are underway
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Tennessee Immigrant Empowerment Solutions Inc. is offering classes to immigrants of all nationalities to prepare for the naturalization interview and test with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Volunteers will conduct classes each Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from Sept. 28 to Dec. 7 at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church at 900 Clingan Ridge Drive N.W.

For more information, please call the parish office at 423-476-8123.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 501 South Moore Road, Chattanooga, will hold classes from Oct. 5 to Dec. 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please call OLPH at 423-622-7232 for information.

There will be three levels of classes at each location: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. The classes will provide practice with English speaking, reading and writing, as well as learning history and civics questions for the test at both locations.

The classes are designed to help naturalization applicants who have had a green card for two years, if obtained through marriage to a U.S. citizen, or four years if obtained by other means. Children under 18 years of age who also have permanent residency automatically become U.S. citizens the day their parents are sworn in and become citizens. Green card holders within six months of their 18th birthday may also be eligible to take the classes.

There is a $50 fee for class materials. Additional co-sponsors of the classes are the Chattanooga Catholic Deanery Office of Hispanic Ministry, Catholic Charities of East Tennessee’s Office of Immigrant Services, UT’s Center for Literacy, Education, and Employment, and Bridge Refugee Resettlement Services.

TIES is a board-governed organization focused primarily on assisting immigrants to acquire necessary skills to achieve personal success within society.