We believe that our community and our democracy are more vibrant when everyone participates in the decisions we make about our future. But all too often, certain segments of our population face obstacles to civic engagement – like the lack of affordable legal services to obtain citizenship.
in grants since 2013
people have received free legal consultations for citizenship or other immigration benefits
Napa residents have been sworn in as U.S. Citizens
Stories of our impact
Octavio came from Mexico in his early twenties and has worked at the same winery for nearly 30 years, building a strong family life in the Valley. He was a Legal Permanent Resident who dreamt of citizenship for years, but was daunted by the expensive and complicated process. The Citizenship Legal Services collaborative, funded by NVCF, helped him to apply for citizenship and to study for the interview and exam. After Octavio was sworn in as a U.S. Citizen in front of his family, the collaborative then helped him to petition for his wife’s permanent residency, allowing the family, including their two children, to travel to Mexico and meet their extended family for the very first time.