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10/20/2016 4:02:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 

By Mark Pfeifer

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Pang Vue Lee with his son
Becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen has many benefits - citizens can vote and run for public office, obtain a U.S. passport, sponsor family members to come to the U.S. and hold certain jobs reserved for citizens such as federal government jobs. According to a recent report from the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), there are also many economic benefits to earning naturalization. MPI observed that naturalized citizens earned more than their noncitizen counterparts, were less likely to be unemployed, and are better represented in highly skilled jobs. In the Twin Cities, the Hmong Cultural Center is one of the few organizations offering a full schedule of Citizenship classes throughout the week including morning and late afternoon classes as well as a midday class taught in Hmong and English focused on the needs of elderly and disabled Hmong.

Hmong Cultural Center in St. Paul provides free Citizenship classes throughout the week targeted towards the needs of the community. English Language Citizenship classes are offered Tuesday through Thursday 10:00 am - Noon and Tuesday through Friday 4:00 pm - 6: pm.

Hmong Cultural Center is also currently accepting enrollment into its medical waiver citizenship classes for older and disabled Hmong refugees who have documentation from a medical doctor to take the Citizenship test from USCIS in their native Hmong language. The medical waiver Citizenship classes are taught in both Hmong and English. Hmong Cultural Center will also provide translation assistance for naturalization interviews at the USCIS for enrolled students in the medical waiver classes. The medical waiver citizenship classes are offered Monday and Tuesdays from 12:00 - 2:00 pm and Wednesday and Thursdays from 12:00 - 2:00. In the last 5 years alone, Hmong Cultural Center has helped more than 250 disabled and elderly Hmong work toward earning their U.S. citizenship through this unique and important program at its offices in Saint Paul.

For more information and/or to register for a free Citizenship or ESL class, please stop by Hmong Cultural Center at 375 University Avenue, Suite 204 in St. Paul (University Avenue and Western Avenue), call 651-917-9937, visit the Hmong Cultural Center website at http://www.hmongcc.org or e-mail maliayang@hmongcc.org

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