ARE YOU READY TO BECOME A U.S. CITIZEN? NOT A U.S. CITIZEN BUT WANT TO APPLY TO BECOME ONE?

Contact Alejandro Miranda at 202-341-3455 or via email @ amiranda@ufcw.org or call the union office at 301-977-2447

WHO CAN APPLY?

Local 1994 members in a good standing (immediate family members too*) who are permanent US residents (a green card holder) can qualify to become a US Citizen. Local 1994 Union will help you complete the N-400 application for naturalization and provide legal assistance.

*family: wife, son/daughter, family member mother/father.

HOW THIS WORKS:

✓ Make pre-screen by calling to: Alejandro Miranda (202) 341-3455 or email: amiranda@ufcw.org

TO BE ELIGIBLE YOU MUST

✓ Have been Legal Permanent Resident for 5 years, or 3 years if married to a US Citizen

✓ Have NO problems with the law

✓ Speak, write and read BASIC English

PRE-SCREEN DATES: FROM AUGUST 1- AUGUST 2O

APPLICANT CHECK LIST

❏ Your Permanent Resident Card (Green Card)

❏ Driver’s License or any other Photo ID

❏ Social Security Card

❏ List of home addresses for the past 5 years and the dates which you lived at that address.

❏ List of employer names and addresses for the past 5 years and the dates you worked for that employer.

❏ Dates you have been outside of the U.S. for the past 5 years, and the countries you traveled to. Bring your passport, itineraries, tickets, etc. for all trips made outside of the U.S.

❏ Complete names, dates of birth, addresses and A#s (green cards) for all your children.

❏ Your most recent tax return.

❏ A money order for $725.00 payable to “U.S. Department of Homeland Security”.

IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR CITIZENSHIP BASED ON MARRIAGE, PLEASE BRING:

❏ Marriage certificate and/or divorce decrees, if applicable.

❏ Evidence that your spouse has been a resident for at least 3 years, such as his/her birth certificate, passport or certificate of naturalization.

❏ Documents referring to you and your spouse: bank statements, leases, mortgages, IRS tax returns for the last 3 years.

❏ If you changed your name, the court decree that legally changed your name

If you think you may be eligible for a fee waiver, please bring your most recent tax returns and proof that you are receiving food stamps, public housing assistance, medical assistance, etc.

UFCW Local 1994 can assist you with filing the necessary paperwork to apply to become a U.S. Citizen. Contact the Union office at 301-977-2447 for more information.

ABOUT UCAN:

The UCAN Program is made possible by  UFCW International in partnership with a law firm to benefit Local 1994 Union members and their families without any cost to you! Your Union understands how expensive becoming a citizen can be for you and family and we want to bring this benefit to you.

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Montgomery County Members – Committee & Study Group Volunteers Needed

If interested in serving on one of these committees, please fill out and submit the form below.

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Paid Parental Leave Study Group – This study group will review best practices and paid parental leave initiatives.Work-Life and Green Initiative Subcommittee – This committee will review best practices, and identify work life and green initiatives i.e., vanpool pick-up points, dynamic workspace scheduling (often referred to as “hoteling”), improving technology to reduce paper usage, etc. Student Loan Repayment Committee – This study group will develop a student loan repayment programTeleworking and Alternative Work Schedules (Long-Term Telework Subcommittee) – This committee will assist in finalizing a permanent County-wide telework policy

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Employer Reopening

The Governor’s recent announcement lifting Maryland’s mask mandates and removing restrictions on indoor and outdoor venues means that Maryland is reopening. We can anticipate all of our employers are going to be resuming normal operations very soon.

Once the state of emergency is lifted, many of our memoranda outlining your workplace protections and benefits under the Covid State of Emergency will no longer be valid. If your employer wants you to return to in-person employment (if you’ve been working from home), you will have to return to in-person employment. If you’ve been working under a modified schedule, it will likely change soon. 

The lifting of restrictions also means that if you have childcare or adult care issues or other health needs that must be addressed before you return, you will need to do so quickly. It is important that you understand that certain issues addressed in the Covid MOUs for our various employers were contingent on being under a state of emergency. The lifting of the state of emergency means that those agreements are no longer in effect. 

We will continue to address safety and health concerns related to covid through the respective provisions in our contracts. Any questions can be answered by your shop stewards or field representatives. You can call the office at 301-977-2447 or send an email to your field rep listed below. 

Take care of one another, try to stay healthy and get vaccinated if you can.

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