Between 2000 and 2012, the rate of growth in Tennessee’s foreign-born population was the third fastest in the country. TIRRC is the only organization in Tennessee with the capacity to reach large numbers of eligible LPRs, assist them in obtaining their citizenship, and facilitate their ongoing participation in the civic process. In new destination states like Tennessee, where immigrant communities are smaller and more isolated, eligible LPRs tend to be harder to reach and recruit than in states with more established immigrant communities. This is especially true outside of major cities. Naturalization work is far more challenging in smaller towns and rural areas.  What this means for us is that an effective naturalization program must necessarily include a number of ancillary activities to find eligible LPRs and educate them about the importance of citizenship and civic engagement (outreach through member organizations and educational events, use of ethnic media, etc). This essentially raises the cost of providing naturalization services in this context. Click to read more...


Citizenship Workshop - September 24, 2016




Citizenship Clinic on September 24th!

TIRRC will hold a citizenship clinic on September 24, 2016.

If you or someone you know is eligible for citizenship, please make an appointment for the next workshop. Appointments are available from 9:00am-12:00pm. For appointments, please call 615-414-1030 or email Nancy at

Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for community volunteers who can support our workshop by serving as Citizenship Coaches. To register as a volunteer and for more details, contact Ileana at the number and email address above.

NOTE: New volunteers will need to attend a mandatory training.


Nurturing Naturalization

Nurturing Naturalization: New Report Highlights Barriers to Citizenship

TIRRC, as a founding member of the National Partnership for New Americans, is proud to announce the release of a new report,"Nurturing Naturalization." This report outlines new findings in what barriers immigrants face in becoming naturalized U.S. citizens. 

Click here to read the press release and download the report.


Next "Become a Citizen Now" Workshop will be Saturday May 11, 2013.



The Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition in partnership with Casa de la Cultura Latinoamericana and the Legal Aid Society of Middle TN invites you to attend the Citizenship Assistance Workshop.

DATE:  Saturday May 11, 2013

TIME: 9:30am–12:00pm (by appointment ONLY) 

PLACE: Casa Azafran. 2195 Nolensville Pk. Nashville TN 37211

Assistance is FREE!

Naturalization Ceremony from Last September 2012


By appointment ONLY, please call number below!

Trained volunteers will be supervised by immigration attorneys to assist you in completing your citizenship application (N400), answer questions, and provide study materials for the citizenship examination!


For more Information and to make an appointment please contact TIRRC at 615.8330384 x 109, 615.4141030 or Email Anahi Gutierrez at






New American Stories

Through the National Partnership for New Americans, TIRRC launched in 2012 the Become a Citizen Now Program which assisted eligible residents in the naturalization process through Citizenship Assistance Workshops. These workshops could have never happened without the support of every partner from the National Partnership for New Americans, Justice of Our Neighbors of Tennessee, and the attorneys and Citizenship Coaches that volunteered for those days. Now these New Americans can share their story about how they are closer to fulfilling their American dream. Check out the stories of these New Americans that will soon adopt the American flag as their own:

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