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Legal Document Preparers Meet Growing Demand for Affordable Immigration Assistance; National Association of Legal Document Preparers (NALDP) Launches Online Immigration Resource for Consumers and Legal Document Preparers.

WASHINGTON -- For many immigrants seeking U.S. citizenship, the complex paperwork can be daunting daunt  
tr.v. daunt·ed, daunt·ing, daunts
To abate the courage of; discourage. See Synonyms at dismay.

[Middle English daunten, from Old French danter, from Latin
, but hiring an attorney may be cost prohibitive pro·hib·i·tive   also pro·hib·i·to·ry
1. Prohibiting; forbidding: took prohibitive measures.

 or unnecessary. Legal document preparers are meeting a growing demand for immigration immigration, entrance of a person (an alien) into a new country for the purpose of establishing permanent residence. Motives for immigration, like those for migration generally, are often economic, although religious or political factors may be very important.  assistance by providing affordable document preparation services.

NALDP has launched an online resource to help immigrants, legal document preparers and the general public understand the current immigration debate and how a legal document preparer can assist in the immigration process.

Available at, the immigration resource page includes information on federal and state legislation concerning legal document preparers and immigration assistance, links to immigration forms and resources, and a national directory of legal document preparers.

"The nationwide debate sparked by the U.S. Congress' legislation on immigration reform Immigration reform is the common term used in political discussions regarding changes to immigration policy. In a certain sense, reform can be general enough to include promoted, expanded, or open immigration, but in reality discussions of reform often deal with the aspect of  and border security has increased awareness and interest in the immigration process. NALDP felt it was important to use this increased interest to provide valuable information to the public and our members about immigration and establish legal document preparers as an affordable option for legal immigrants on their path to citizenship," said Lizanne Sadlier, NALDP Director.

It is estimated that there are 8 million people eligible to become U.S. citizens who have not filled out the paperwork to begin the process. There are also an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the nation, some of whom may be given the opportunity to become citizens, depending on the outcome of pending federal legislation.

According to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

 a recent survey of NALDP members, about a quarter offer immigration document services and many more are preparing to offer these services soon. Legal document preparers primarily assist with the routine preparation of naturalization naturalization, official act by which a person is made a national of a country other than his or her native one. In some countries naturalized persons do not necessarily become citizens but may merely acquire a new nationality.  applications, employment authorizations, green card renewals and family petitions, but can prepare most immigration-related documents. Also, more than a third of NALDP members provide bilingual bi·lin·gual  
a. Using or able to use two languages, especially with equal or nearly equal fluency.

 services to give comfort and assistance to those who have not yet mastered the English language English language, member of the West Germanic group of the Germanic subfamily of the Indo-European family of languages (see Germanic languages). Spoken by about 470 million people throughout the world, English is the official language of about 45 nations. .

Pending immigration legislation has led to a spike in the demand for assistance with immigration forms. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS USCIS US Citizenship and Immigration Services ) reports that applications in the first three months of the year increased 19 percent over the same period last year. Indeed, 91% of legal document preparers who prepare immigration documents say they have seen an increase in the demand for immigration services. Document preparers say the most widely requested documents are N-400, Application for Naturalization; I-130, Petition for Alien Relative; I-131, Application for Travel Document; and I-765, Application for Employment Authorization.

Visit NALDP's Immigration Resource Page at


National Association of Legal Document Preparers, Inc., based in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit organization A non-profit organization (abbreviated "NPO", also "non-profit" or "not-for-profit") is a legally constituted organization whose primary objective is to support or to actively engage in activities of public or private interest without any commercial or monetary profit purposes.  formed to give a voice and a national forum to the growing number of legal document preparers, legal technicians, online legal document providers and independent paralegals across the country. We are a grassroots network dedicated to the principle that all citizens have a constitutional right to represent themselves; and, in exercising that right, they have affordable access to efficient, effective and ethical legal document preparation services. In addition to those professionals working directly with legal documents, our membership includes public policy, education and consumer advocacy professionals who share a commitment to the principles of NALDP. More information is available at
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