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Consumers CU hosts citizenship workshop
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (11/23/11)--Consumers CU (CCU), Waukegan, Ill., is hosting a workshop to assist eligible legal applicants in obtaining U.S. citizenship.

The workshop, set for 9 a.m. (CT), Dec. 10, is offered with the New American Initiative Program, North Suburbs Collaborative formed by the Fr. Gary Graf Center, HACES, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society and Hanul Family Alliance.

"We believe those who've lived our entire lives in the U.S., or have already obtained our citizenship, have a responsibility to assist those coming to this country looking for a better way of life, to do the same," said Sean M. Rathjen, CCU president. "This program gives eligible applicants a step in the right direction by offering the critical tools necessary to achieve their citizenship."

The cost of the citizenship application has risen during the past few years, leaving many eligible legal permanent residents without the opportunity to apply to become citizens, said CCU. It costs $680 to file an application for citizenship, according to the City University of New York, To alleviate this situation and assist eligible legal permanent residents in fulfilling the dream of U.S. citizenship, CCU, with $550 million in assets, offers a Citizenship Loan program.

The loan application is completed after the New Americans Initiative collaborative has determined eligibility for citizenship. The program consists of a loan for the amount of the application fee, to be repaid in 10 monthly installments with minimal fees and a low rate of interest.

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