Naturalization

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Online Assessment

 
 

We can help you naturalize

 


You could be eligible for free legal assistance to begin your journey to becoming a U.S. citizen!

If you are eligible, our staff will contact you to offer you an appointment where you can complete your naturalization application for free or we will provide a referral to a legal service provider and/or a private attorney for further legal assistance.

 

Two Steps to be a Citizen

 


Are you ready to become a U.S citizen?

If you are, then we are here to help ! Apply for citizenship through the naturalization process in two easy steps!

1st Step

The 1st step is to determine if you meet the basic eligibility requirements to become a citizen.

  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • Be a person of good moral character;
  • 5 years as a Lawful Permanent Resident or 3 years if married to a U.S. citizen;
  • 5 years living and physically present in the United States without major absences out of the country;
  • Be able to read, write, and speak basic English;
  • Have a basic understanding of U.S. history and civics;
  • 3 months living in San Diego County (or state or USCIS district where you will apply);
  • Willingness to take an oath of loyalty to the United States.


2nd Step

The 2nd step is to seek the assistance of someone who is qualified to help you.

Alliance San Diego is currently providing free services for naturalization. To find out if you qualify for our free services, click here to complete an online assessment.

If you received an appointment from Alliance San Diego, print the following document and complete it before your appointment date: Preparation_Packet_for_Appointments

Click here to see a list of low-cost attorneys and legal service providers

 

Why it's Important to Naturalize

 


Benefits of Becoming a U.S. Citizen

 
  • No need to renew your Green Card (it costs $540+ legal fees!)
  • The risk of deportation is eliminated
  • It is easier to travel and re-enter the United States
  • Take long trips outside of the United States without it affecting your status
  • Ability to petition family members
  • Ability for your green-card-holding children to become U.S. citizens
  • Ability to vote and run for public office
  • Ability to obtain federal jobs, grants, and other government benefits
  • Tax and estate incentives
  • Ability to obtain and travel with a U.S. passport

 

 

We can help you naturalize

 
 

Naturalization Exemptions

 


Fee Waivers

Fee waivers are available if you meet one of the following circumstances:

For examples of Fee Waiver evidence, click here: Example of Fee Waiver Evidence

Reduced Fee Waivers are available if you meet the following requirement:


Language Exemptions

 You may be exempt from the English language requirement if you are:

 

Age 50 or older at the time of filing for naturalization and have lived as a permanent resident (green card holder) in the United States for 20 years

OR

Age 55 or older at the time of filing for naturalization and have lived as a permanent resident in the United States for 15 years

Note: You are still required to take the Civics test, even if you are exempt from the English language requirement.


Medical Disability Exemptions

You may be eligible for an exception to the English and civics naturalization requirements if you are unable to comply with these requirements because of a physical or developmental disability or a mental impairment.

To request this exception, submit Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions. This form must be completed by a licensed medical or osteopathic doctor, or licensed clinical psychologist.

 


HELPFUL LINKS:

Receive legal assistance to apply for naturalization
Information from USCIS on becoming a U.S. Citizen through Naturalization
Study materials from USCIS for the Naturalization Test
Application to become a naturalized U.S. Citizen N-400
Fee waiver application I-912
Reduced Waiver application I-942
Find a community college that can help you learn English and study for the interview