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Become a Citizen

September 1, 2018

Join one of our workshops to receive free legal assistance to help you apply for naturalization

For Citizenship Day on September 15, 2018, we are holding citizenship clinics in collaboration with the American Immigration Lawyers Association in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Assistance will be available in Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Spanish and English.

Download and share flyers here in multiple languages.

If you are unable to attend on Citizenship Day on September 15, register here or call  to join our next citizenship workshop for free legal assistance with your naturalization application. Workshops are held periodically in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. You can also call (202) 393-3572 to make an appointment.

What are the benefits of becoming a citizen?

  • You can VOTE and run for elected office.  
  • You won’t ever have to worry about being deported or losing your visa or Legal Permanent Resident status.  
  • You could bring your family living abroad to live in the United States more quickly. 
  • You will be eligible for a U.S. passport, making travel easy. 
  • You can apply for government jobs that require U.S. citizenship.

You qualify if you:

  • Are at least 18 years old
  • Lived in the U.S. as a green card holder for more than 5 years (3 years if married to U.S. citizen)
  • Have been physically present in the U.S. for more than 2.5 years (18 months if married to U.S. citizen)
  • Can show you have good moral character
  • Can speak, read and write basic English
  • Can pass a test on the U.S. government and American history