Though he wasn’t yet an adult at the time, Fernando Urbina remembers the naturalization process for his mother as a difficult one — as it is for many looking to become American citizens.
“My mother is an immigrant,” said the former Chicagoan and soon-to-be Harvard junior. “And because she went through such a complicated naturalization process, I wanted to be part of a team that helps streamline these processes.”
That team is the legal nonprofit Immigrants Like Us, an organization that helps people prepare their immigration forms, like those for citizenship, family Green Cards and DACA renewal, for free. Funded largely by external donations and grants, Immigrants Like Us also provides free attorney review of these forms for low-income users, asylum seekers, abuse victims and “Dreamers.”
“I realized technology can be used to make immigration processes more accessible and easier for people,” Urbina said.