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Citizenship Assistance

The New Citizen Program (NCP) provides funding to 14 community-based organizations which provide free naturalization assistance and support to low-income immigrants and refugees in Seattle and King County.

Free Services include:

  • Screening for citizenship eligibility
  • Citizenship instruction and tutoring
  • Interview preparation
  • Assistance with submission of citizenship applications
  • Fee waivers
  • Age or disability waivers
  • Legal assistance

NCP also provides technical and legal assistance through the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.

U.S. citizenship provides the right to:

  • Vote
  • A U.S. passport
  • Serve on a jury
  • Unite with family members abroad
  • Become an elected official
  • Become eligible for Federal jobs
  • Access to public benefits, employment and educational opportunities;
  • An attorney and a fair trial without deportation or removal
  • Full protection under the United States Constitution
  • Live outside the United States and take long trips outside the United States
  • U.S. citizenship for children under 18
  • Retention of retirement income

NCP serves low-income immigrants and refugees in King County eligible for U.S. citizenship. Most services are bilingual and tailored to the specific needs of the participants including people who are elderly, not literate in their home language or have very limited English skills.

Click here to view the 2015 New Citizen Program flyer.

Click here to view the 2015 NCP Citizenship Instruction & ESL Classes.

Eligibility and Applications

To find out if you are eligible for services, contact any of the NCP server providers. Citizenship applications can also be found on the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Web site


In partnership with the Seattle Public Library, NCP sponsored the Guide to Naturalization, a booklet that answers some of the most common questions about naturalization, provides study materials for the naturalization exam, and lists organizations that help with citizenship or offer English as a Second Language classes. It has been translated into 13 languages and is available at the Washington Law Help Web page.

For more information about the New Citizen Program, contact Nhi Tran at 206-233-7084 or e-mail

Seattle Human Services Department
Street address: 700 5th Avenue, Suite 5800, Seattle, WA 98104
Mailing address: PO Box 34215, Seattle, WA 98124-4215

Phone: 206-386-1001
Fax: 206-233-5119
TTY/TTD: 206-233-2778

Accommodations for people with disabilities provided upon request.