The Quintana Center welcomes all newcomers and refugees from all over the world and provides assistance with the process to becoming citizens of the United States
|The Naturalization Program Offers:||Joel Pena has always aspired to be an American Citizen. He was able to move to the United States in 2012 from the Dominican Republic when he was 19 years old.
Joel has Cerebral Palsy, but has never let it hold him back in life. As a child, Joel had very little opportunity for education. He had a lot of setbacks and challenges to get to school due to no transportation- aside from his difficulty walking. Joel, like all of us, just needed the right support and opportunities to grow. Joel’s spirit and advocacy has never let his disability, poverty, neglects/abuses, or sexual orientation limit his dream.
Thanks to the Department of Developmental Services, The Arc, and Grimaldy Rios, Joel was able to find a Shared Living Home provider where he feels accepted and loved as a family member. With the support of his team and technology Joel was able to successfully study for his U.S. Citizenship interview. This entailed learning how to read, write and learn English. After much effort and perseverance this year Joel finally received his American citizenship, 2 certificates of completion for English and is in the process of completing his GED.
Joel’s ultimate goal in life is to become an inspirational speaker and mentor, especially for those going through similar things in life he did. Today, Joel feels accepted in life.
| * No one will be denied services for inability to pay administrative fees. Requests for fee waivers will be honored on a case-by-case basis. Client may qualify for a reduced fee or fee waiver if the client is a receiver of cash benefits from MADTA or social security administration. Evidence of such assistance must be presented in order to qualify.
** New Fee Schedule takes affect as of July 1, 2021
To learn more about the naturlazition process visit https://www.uscis.gov/
Test your knowledge and see how prepared you are to become a US Citizen: https://my.uscis.gov/prep/test/civics
For more information on the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services visit their website at https://www.uscis.gov/
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