We hope that you are all well and had a Happy Halloween on Monday. November sees the return of some of the biggest events on the Irish social calendar including the Mayo and Donegal Balls, along with the Delaware Valley Irish Hall of Fame Award Ceremony.
Apart from socializing, November also brings about, Veteran's Day where we give thanks all those that served in the armed forces and of course, Thanksgiving. For those of you that have been putting off applying for US citizenship, now might be a good time to apply, as USCIS (United States Citizens and Immigration Services) are increasing their fees in December. That also applies to green card renewals and most other immigration paperwork. Also approaching is the deadline for the Diversity Visa lottery. There is no entry fee involved, so why not take your chance, if you are eligible. Application submissions close on November 7th.
All the best,
Leslie and the team
USCIS fee increase for filling applications and petitions
Fees will increase for the first time in six years, on average by 21 percent for most applications and petitions. This increase is necessary to recover the full cost of services provided by USCIS. Applications and petitions postmarked or filed on or after Dec. 23 must include the new fees or USCIS will not be able to accept them. Changes in the new fee schedule can be found here.
You have two months to get your application in before the increase. Please contact us on 610-789 6355 to find out more, or book an appointment at our free legal clinic where we can help you complete your citizenship application or greencard renewal.
Closing date: Monday, November 7, 12 p.m EST
The Diversity Immigrant Visa program is a United States congressionally mandated lottery program for receiving a United States Permanent Resident Card.The lottery makes available 50,000 permanent resident visas annually to natives of countries who have low rates of immigration to the United States.
In 2015,157 winners were selected from the island of Ireland. Anyone who is Irish born (or born in another eligible country), over the age of 18, with a minimum of high school education, and who has not overstayed a previous US visa can apply. Entry costs nothing so why not give it a go. You can make your application here.
Tuesdays' from 7.30 p.m. - 9.30 p.m.
Foróige, founded in 1952, is Ireland's leading youth organization. It was set up to enable young people to actively involve themselves in their development and the development of their society. We are proud to bring Foróige to Philadelphia to help our youth foster a sense of Irish identity in a fun and safe environment.
We had a wonderful information and registration evening on October 18 and the youth club met for the first time on October 25. From our first two meetings the members have many great and exciting ideas and plans for the club.
The next meeting for Foróige Philadelphia is November 8, 7.30-9.30pm at the Irish Immigration Center and new members are always welcome (age 13+). Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Please contact Ciaran at foróige@icphila.org for more information.