Who We're Helping

When new Americans gain the rights, freedoms and responsibilities of citizenship, they contribute more fully to the vitality of our communities and our democracy as a whole.


Attaining citizenship is a journey. You have to earn it. But for too many citizenship hopefuls, that journey is much harder than it should be. Many people who live, work, create jobs and pay taxes in this country are eligible for citizenship, yet only about eight percent of them became naturalized last year. The process is complex and can take up to two years. Lack of knowledge about how the process works, compounded by costly legal fees, can put the dream out of reach.

Who can legally obtain citizenship?

Individuals must meet the following requirements to be eligible for citizenship:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must have authorization to live and work in the U.S. on a permanent basis (informally known as a 'Green Card')
  • Must have continuous residence in the U.S. for at least five years (or three years, if married to a United States citizen)
  • Must be able to read, write and speak basic English
  • Must have a knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of U.S. history and government
  • Must be a person of good moral character
  • Must be attached to the principles of the United States Constitution

Find more information about the path to citizenship here.

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