Thursday, June 14th, 2018

National Campaign Helps Green Card Holders Upgrade to Citizenship

"Despite possessing a green card for 40 years, Sepida has never become an American citizen.  Life got in the way, as he raised two children, worked a full-time job as a biomedical technician and ran side businesses on the weekends.  "I was so busy at work, I had so many things to do and I'd forget about it," said Sepida, 61, of Sylmar.  "I regret it now. I should have done it a long time ago."  Sepida is among the millions of immigrants who are eligible for citizenship but have postponed the milestone, whether because of the $680 fee, a busy schedule or fear of the English and civics exams.  In 2011, about 750,000 immigrants applied for naturalization out of the 8.5 million who were eligible.  A $20-million effort is now under way to get more permanent residents to