SJIA HOME
WHAT WE DO
GET INVOLVED
LEARN MORE
RESOURCES FOR IMMIGRANTS
ADVOCATE
IMMIGRANT AND REFUGEE MINISTRY, Archdiocese of Seattle
CONTACT US
CATHEDRAL HOME
SPONSOR A CITIZENSHIP CLIENT

Sponsor a citizenship client

Become a citizenship sponsor

To become a sponsor, donate now. Select "$100 Citiz. Sponsor" and put "citizenship" in the note field. For more information or questions, contact Christopher Koehler at 206-382-4511 or ckoehler@stjames-cathedral.org

FAQs
  • Will I sponsor an actual immigrant?
    Yes. Your donation will be used to support a specific citizenship client as we help them prepare for and apply for citizenship. We'll send you updates on their progress as they move through the steps. Due to confidentiality concerns, we are not able to share specific personal information about the person you are helping.

  • How much is sponsorship?
    Citizenship Sponsors make a $100 donation for each person they want to help.

  • How will my gift be spent?
    Your gift will be combined with other funding sources to cover the costs of naturalization assistance. This includes eligibility screening, in-person consultations, application preparation and filing, assessment of eligibility for and preparation of waivers when needed, mock citizenship interviews, responding to requests from USCIS for further information, and accompaniment to citizenship interviews.

  • Is my $100 Sponsorship gift tax-deductible?
    Yes. Your donation is 100% tax-deductible.

  • How long will my sponsorship last?
    Sponsorship lasts for as long as it takes your client to become a citizen. This can vary from three months to over one year. Some cases are more complicated and require additional documentation, which can make the process longer.

  • Can I sponsor more than one citizenship client?
    Yes. You may sponsor as many clients as you’d like. Each individual sponsorship requires a $100 gift.
Why Citizenship?

Citizenship provides immigrants with more than the right to vote and run for office. It also provides improved access to higher education, better employment opportunities, and a sense of belonging. Social and cultural integration reduces stress and improves health. Naturalized citizens earn more than non-citizens, are less likely to live below the poverty level, and are less affected by economic downturns. This leads to stronger, more capable individuals, families and communities.

Learn more about the importance of citizenship:

The Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees provide the following reasons for supporting citizenship:

Civic Engagement. Many immigrants are motivated to naturalize as an expression of commitment to their new homeland and to ensure that their voices are heard by policymakers. Once immigrants become U.S. citizens and register to vote, they are just as likely as other Americans to cast a ballot: 89 percent of native-born and foreign-born citizens who are registered to vote actually do so. Moreover, immigrants and their children represent 54 percent of the net gain in registered voters nationally between 2004 and 2008.

Economic Mobility. Naturalization affords immigrants numerous opportunities that lead to greater economic security through better jobs and accelerated wage growth. Naturalized male immigrants under the age of 30 have a wage advantage of five to 12 percent over their non-naturalized counterparts. And the average income of adult citizen immigrants is 33 percent higher—and the poverty rate is nearly six percentage points lower—than that of noncitizens.

Strengthening Families. For many immigrants, naturalization is an important pathway for maintaining or restoring family unity. Parents who naturalize before their noncitizen children turn 18 years old can petition for their children to become U.S. citizens. And U.S. citizens generally get priority when petitioning to bring close family members to this country as lawful permanent residents.

Education. U.S. citizenship provides greater access to resources that make postsecondary education more attainable, thereby expanding immigrant students’ long-term job prospects and earning potential. For example, the Rhodes Scholarship, the Fulbright Program, admission to U.S. service academies, and some private scholarships are available only to U.S. citizens.
804 Ninth Avenue Seattle, WA 98104 | 206-382-4511 | ckoehler@stjames-cathedral.org