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CIIC Nationwide #WhyCitizenship Campaign

Contact: Aileen Leonard Dibra
t: 914-837-2007

October 13, 2017–The Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers (CIIC) and its membership throughout the United States are thrilled to announce #WhyCitizenship, a national campaign encouraging Irish nationals who are legal permanent residents of the United States to pursue their U.S. citizenship.

Throughout the week of October 16th, CIIC and its membership will highlight the benefits of citizenship via social media. Additionally, centers throughout the U.S. will have information about citizenship available for review, and many will be hosting citizenship events in their region. To view the #WhyCitizenship information flyer, click here.

Becoming a U.S. citizen affords people numerous benefits, as well as permanence, yet many eligible Irish nationals do not take advantage of the citizenship process. It is estimated that there are more than 30,000 Irish legal permanent residents throughout the U.S. who are eligible to apply for citizenship, yet just over 4,000 individuals applied for naturalization in the period 2013 through 2015.

Celine Kennelly, CIIC Board President, stated “the benefits of becoming a U.S. citizen greatly outweigh any doubts about the process a person might have. Freedom of travel, increased access to benefits, no fear of deportation and the right to vote are only a few of the benefits that answer the question #WhyCitizenship.”

Individuals are encouraged to contact their local Irish center to find out more about the citizenship application process or attend one of the regional events listed below, and find out #WhyCitizenship.


Boston, MA
Irish International Immigrant Center
Wednesday, Oct 18th 10a – 3p EST
One State Street, 8th floor
Boston, MA 02109
617-542-7654 /
Philadelphia, PA
Irish Immigration Center
Monday, Oct 16th 2:30p – 6:30p
7 South Cedar Lane
Upper Darby, PA 19082
610-789-6355 /
Chicago, IL
Chicago Irish Immigrant Support
Tuesday, Oct 17th 4p-7p CST by appt
4626 N Knox Ave
Chicago, IL 60630
Qunicy, MA
Irish Pastoral Centre – Boston
Tuesday, October 17th 6p EST
1546R Hancock St. (Kelly’s Cellar)
Quincy, MA
617-265-5300 /
New York, NY
Emerald Isle Immigration Center
Tuesday, Oct 17th 5p – 8p EST
59-26 Woodside Avenue
Woodside, NY 11377
718-478-5502 ext213
San Diego, CA
Irish Outreach San Diego
Tuesday, Oct 17th 10a – 4p PST
2725 Congress Street, Suite 2G
San Diego, CA 92110
San Francisco, CA
Irish Immigration Pastoral Center 
Thursday, Oct 19th 6:30p PST by appt
5340 Geary Blvd # 206
San Francisco, CA 94121
415-752-6006 /


The Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers (CIIC) was established in 1996 to promote the welfare of Irish immigrants in the US at a national level. The CIIC is funded by a generous grant from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Emigrant Support Programme.

The Coalition serves as a national umbrella organization representing Irish immigration and community centers throughout the United States that are committed to providing support to Irish immigrants. The Coalition strives to be a strong, cohesive and representative voice for the needs of its member centers, and in turn the greater community of Irish immigrants in the US. The Coalition prioritizes the sharing of information and the creation of best practices as a way to support and assist its member centers in their direct service work. CIIC member organizations are located in California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Philadelphia and Washington.

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