Become a Citizen – It’s Easy!


Let New Americans Campaign partners help you become a United States citizen. There are three easy ways to get started.

1. Do it yourself!

Use Citizenshipworks, a free, easy-to-use online tool that guides you from start to finish and can connect you to legal advice at no cost.

cw2_logo2. Find in-person help!

Click here to find upcoming citizenship events near you. Bay Area events are below.


ebnatz logoEast Bay Naturalization Collaborative
510-952-7933 (Spanish)
510-251-2846 (English & Asian languages)

Free Citizenship Workshop:
Saturday, September 17, 2016 in Fremont


NapaNapa Citizenship Legal Services

Free Citizenship Workshops:
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 in St. Helena
Saturday, October 29, 2016 in Napa


SF Pathways LOGOSan Francisco Pathways to Citizenship

Free Citizenship Workshop:
Saturday, October 1, 2016 in San Francisco


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Silicon Valley New Americans Campaign

Free Citizenship Workshop:
Saturday, September 17, 2016 in San Jose

Can’t find your city?  Click here to find other New Americans Campaign partners near you. You can also click here to find other providers around the country.

3. Call with questions!

Call any of our partners for help with questions about the naturalization process or to find an event in your area. You can also use our toll-free hotlines:

  • English/Spanish (NALEO): 888-839-8682
  • Chinese (Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA): 800-520-2356
  • Khmer (Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA): 800-867-3126
  • Korean (Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA): 800-867-3640
  • Tagalog (Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA): 855-300-2552
  • Thai (Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA): 800-914-9583
  • Vietnamese (Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA): 800-267-7395

Why become a citizen?

Becoming a U.S. citizen opens the door to many new opportunities. Once you become a U.S. citizen, you have something that no one can ever take away from you.

Benefits of Citizenship

Travel with a U.S. Passport 
As a U.S. citizen, you can travel for any amount of time outside of the U.S. and can even live abroad for any length of time without difficulty upon re-entering the country. A U.S. passport also enables you to get assistance from the U.S. government when overseas.

Bring family members to the U.S. 
U.S. citizens generally get priority when petitioning to bring family members permanently to this country. As a U.S. citizen, you can help your family live legally in this country.

Obtain citizenship for children under 18 years of age
Children under the age of 18 who are lawful permanent residents automatically become U.S. citizens when their parents naturalize. Additionally, in most cases, a child born abroad to a U.S. citizen is automatically a U.S. citizen.

Protection from Deportation
Becoming a U.S. citizen protects you and your children from deportation. As a lawful permanent resident, certain criminal convictions could make you deportable, and some actions put LPRs at risk for permanent consequences such as deportation.

The Right to Vote
You live here, you work here and pay taxes, yet you still don’t have a say in who represents you and the laws of this country. As a citizen you have a voice and the ability to vote.

Increased Opportunities
Certain jobs and benefits are only available to U.S. citizens. Most jobs with the federal government require U.S. citizenship. On average, U.S. citizens earn more. You may also receive more educational opportunities. Financial aid grants, including college scholarships, are only available to U.S. citizens.

Citizenship & Application Requirements

To become a U.S. citizen you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • You must be 18 years of age or older
  • You must have lived with a green card for 5 years (or 3 years if married to a U.S. citizen)
  • You must be a person of “good moral character”
  • You must take a loyalty oath to the United States and support the Constitution and form of government of the United States

You must complete an application that includes the following information:

  • Any arrests you may have had
  • Where you worked during the last 5 years
  • Where you lived during the last 5 years
  • Where you traveled outside of the United States over the last 5 years

You must be able to speak, read, and write basic English and be able to answer some basic questions about United States history and civics. The application fee is $680. Some people are eligible to have this fee waived. For more information, click here.

Some people do not have to speak English at all or answer any questions about United States history and civics, depending on many factors such as their age, time in the U.S. as green card holders, and if they have a disability. For more information about exceptions accommodations, and your eligibility, click here.

Our Impact

  • The Campaign has completed over 3,700 naturalization workshops and clinics.
  • Over 250,000 citizenship applications completed since July 2011.

    Saved aspiring citizens and their families over $206million in legal and application fees.
  • Adopted scalable technology. MP3 players, Google Voice, and Virtual Private Network (VPN) services are being used to enhance naturalization service delivery.
  • Expanded New American Workforce (an effort to provide naturalization assistance within corporations) which has partnered with over 100 businesses across the nation, ranging from hotels in Miami to American Apparel in Los Angeles.
  • Deployed Citizenshipworks, an online tool, across the Campaign in multiple settings and languages. A newly redesigned platform guides applicants through through their citizenship application from start to finish and connects applicants to legal help at partnering non-profits.
  • Were instrumental in inspiring the US Citizenship and Immigration Service to support the Citizenship Corners initiative.
  • Created innovative partnerships with public libraries, school districts, universities, social service agencies, and employers, all of which yield not only greater numbers of applicants but also greater awareness of the naturalization process.
  • Deployed a large-scale volunteer recruitment program through an e-learning course.

    Reached diverse communities. Local partners consistently outreach and provide culturally competent and language-appropriate services.
Learn more from our
Impact Report.

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Who We're Helping

People come to America from all over the world with dreams of achieving a better life for themselves and their families and calling this great nation home. Eight million people who live, work, and pay taxes in this country are eligible for citizenship, yet only about eight percent of them naturalize each year. Find out more about these individuals and the barriers they face.Read More