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Become a Citizen: Find Assistance in Your Community


On behalf of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), congratulations on making the decision to become a United States citizen. Your journey to naturalize will include a series of steps. It is advisable to seek the help of an immigration attorney in moving forward with your Naturalization process. An attorney can help you:

  1. Determine your eligibility to become a U.S. citizen.
  2. Gather all information and documents required to prove your eligibility.
  3. Complete Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, with the help of an attorney or a reputable organization.
  4. Submit Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, with the help of an attorney or a reputable organization.
  5. Go to the biometrics (fingerprinting) appointment.
  6. Complete the interview.
  7. Receive a decision from USCIS on your Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.
  8. Take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States.
  9. Understand your rights and responsibilities as a U.S. citizen.

On February 20, 2021, AILA, in partnership with NALEO Educational Fund and the National Partnership for New Americans, will host naturalization workshops across the country that offer free or low-cost assistance to legal permanent residents eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship. A participant attending an AILA Citizenship Day workshop will get the help of an attorney.

Have questions now? The NALEO Educational Fund provides a toll-free hotline for questions regarding citizenship - (888) VE-Y-VOTA (888.839.8682), open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (PT), Monday through Friday. It also operates Ya es hora ¡CIUDADANIA! website, an online resource that provides information on the naturalization process.

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Cite as AILA Doc. No. 17080261.