Get Help Applying for U.S. Citizenship

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Monthly Citizenship Clinics offer free naturalization assistance:

Clinic participant smiling. You may be able to receive FREE assistance at a citizenship clinic in a neighborhood near you!

A citizenship clinic is a free community event where volunteer attorneys, interpreters, and others assist eligible green card holders with completing their N-400 naturalization application through an organized step-by-step process.

You will be able to receive information about low-interest loans to pay for the naturalization application processing fee or help completing a fee waiver application. Each citizenship clinic occurs once or twice a month in a Seattle neighborhood. The clinic appointment schedule tends to fill up quickly. So, call to schedule a time slot today!

Find out when the next citizenship clinic is scheduled at newcitizencampaign.org (managed by the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs).

The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs administers these clinics in partnership with local community organizations through the New Citizen Campaign.

The New Citizen Campaign is an effort to help the tens of thousands of Seattle legal permanent residents (LPRs) become U.S. citizens. This campaign utilizes citizenship clinics, outreach and education, citizenship curriculum and legal assistance, and engagement with local and national partners to achieve our goal of naturalizing the over 75,000 LPRs living in the Seattle/King County area.

Download a flyer about the New Citizen Campaign. (Right-click, then select, "Save link as..." and save to your computer.)

 

Visit any of these organizations offering free naturalization assistance:

New Americans taking the oath. Can't make it to a Saturday morning citizenship clinic? Consider attending a class or accessing one-on-one help with a New Citizen Program (NCP) organization. NCP is a component of the New Citizen Campaign (see above).

NCP organizations provide free naturalization services to immigrants and refugees who are low-income, elderly, illiterate, or have limited English skills living in Seattle/King County. Services also include citizenship instruction/tutoring, interview preparation, assistance with submitting applications/waivers, and referrals for legal assistance. Services are available in a number of languages.

The community organizations listed below administer these services in partnership with the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs through the New Citizen Program.

Contact a staff member in the table below to find out more information about citizenship classes, other helpful services, and one-on-one help near you:

AGENCY CONTACT LANGUAGE
CAPACITIES

Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS)

3639 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, 98144

Xiangping Chen
(206) 695-7578

Cantonese
French
Hindi
Mandarin
Nepali
Spanish
Vietnamese

Catholic Immigration Legal Services

100 23rd Ave S, Seattle, 98144

Abdi Jama
(206) 328-6314

Russian
Somali
Spanish

Chinese Information and Service Center (CISC)

611 S Lane St, Seattle, 98104

Jeff Hsiao
(206) 624-5633
x4136

Cantonese
Mandarin

Jewish Family Service

15446 Bel-Red Rd Suite B-15, Redmond, 98052
1209 Central Ave S, Kent, 98032

Thao Duong
(425) 643-2221

Arabic
Cantonese
Dari
Farsi
Mandarin
Russian
Vietnamese

Literacy Source

3200 NE 125th St, Seattle, 98125

Isabel Childs
(206) 782-2050

Amharic
Spanish

Multicultural Self-Sufficiency Movement

3820 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood, 98499

Mihaela Sandu
(253) 584-5615

Korean
Moldavian
Romanian
Russian
Spanish

Neighborhood House

6 locations throughout Seattle and South King County

Nathan Buck
(206) 461-8430
x2090

Amharic
Burmese
Russian
Somali
Spanish
Tigrinya
Ukrainian
Vietnamese

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP)

615 2nd Ave, Ste 400, Seattle, 98104

Natalie Hansen
(206) 957-8671

Arabic
Spanish

Refugee Women's Alliance (ReWA)

4008 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, 98108

Oksana Bilobran
(206) 721-0243

Kurdish
Russian
Spanish
Ukrainian
Vietnamese

Sea Mar Community Health Centers

8915 14th Ave S, Seattle, 98108

Carmelo Gonzalez
(206) 764-4700

Spanish

St. James Immigrant Assistance

804 9th Ave, Seattle, 98104

Patrick Suhrbier
(206) 382-4511

Russian
Spanish
Ukrainian

Ukrainian Community Center of Washington

13470 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, 98178

Oleg Pynda
(206) 369-6398

Polish
Russian
Ukrainian

 

Funding for the New Citizen Program is provided by the City of Seattle, Seattle Housing Authority, and the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.

Download a flyer about the New Citizen Program. (Right-click, then select, "Save link as..." and save to your computer.)

 

Citizenshipworks is a free online service that can help you apply for citizenship:

CitizenshipWorks LogoCitizenshipworks is a free online service that is a collaboration between trusted nonprofit immigration service providers. The website and app function similarly to TurboTax. The platform will tell you about any potential problems with your application and connect you to an expert for help, either online or in person. They also tell you what other documents you will need to submit, and what to expect after you apply.

Start here: www.citizenshipworks.org.

 

NOTE: You may have heard of other online platforms similar to Citizenshipworks that are paid services. Expect to pay a one-time fee in the range of $300 to $800, depending on the company and on the service. These platforms are relatively new, and we are unable to endorse any particular company. Instead, we recommend you do your own research regarding which paid online service is right for you.

 

If you can afford assistance, consider hiring an attorney:

New American citizen shaking hands. American Immigration Lawyers Association - Lawyer Search
AILA is the legal association in the U.S. for immigration attorneys. You can find an AILA lawyer who may be able to help you apply for citizenship using their search page.

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Some misuse the titles "notario publico" or "immigration consultant." They will try to deceive you into believing that they are experts on immigration law and have permission to give you legal advice about your immigration case when they do not.

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Utilizan el título de "notario público" o "consultor de comunicación", cuando en realidad no lo son. Intentarán hacerle creer queson expertos en ley de inmigración y que están cualificados para darle consejo legal cuando no es así.

 

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