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Free Citizenship Workshops

RECEIVE FREE HELP AT A CITIZENSHIP EVENT

Are you ready to take the next step towards becoming a citizen? Participate in the City of Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs' (OIRA) New Citizen Campaign! The New Citizen Campaign is here to help you complete your application for U.S. citizenship with FREE services in Seattle, WA.

What We Offer

  • Free high-quality legal help near you
    • Citizenship Events: Attend a one-day citizenship application workshop with volunteer immigration attorneys and interpreters.
    • In-office Help: Make an appointment with any one of our nonprofit partner organizations recognized by the Department of Justice.
    • Legal Referrals: If your case is too complicated for our program to take on, we’ll help you connect with the New Citizen Program (NCP) for more support or find a trusted, licensed immigration attorney.
  • Have a question about citizenship or where to find help near you? Call or email our Attorney Office Hours in any language: (206) 814-4452 / NCC@entrehermanos.org.

Attend Our Events

Our workshops are by appointment only! Please call and leave a message to register. Someone will call you back.

2024 Events Calendar

We are still confirming information for some events, including date, location, or registration phone number. Please keep checking this webpage for updates.

Calendar icon marking April 27 

  • Date: Saturday, April 27, 2024
  • Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Location: ACRS building, 3639 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98144.
  • Call to register: (425) 776-2400
  • Hosted by Asian Counseling & Referral Services and Korean Counseling and Service Center

Calendar icon of August 17 date

  • Date: Saturday, August 17, 2024
  • Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Location: Horn of Africa Services, 5303 Rainier Ave S, Unit D, Seattle, WA, 98118
  • Call to register:
  • Hosted by Horn of Africa Services and Entre Hermanos

Calendar icon marking September 21

  • Date: Saturday, September 21, 2024
  • Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Location:
  • Call to register: IRC (206) 900-7714
  • Hosted by Catholic Immigration Legal Services, Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA), Chinese Immigration Service Center and International Rescue Committee

Calendar icon of the month of October

  • Date: October
  • Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Location: ACRS building, 3639 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98144.
  • Call to register:
  • Hosted by Asian Counseling & Referral Services and Korean Counseling and Service Center

Calendar icon of month of November

  • Date: November
  • Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Location:
  • Call to register:
  • Hosted by OneAmerica

Calendar of month of December

  • Date: December
  • Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Location: Horn of Africa Services, 5303 Rainier Ave S, Unit D, Seattle, WA, 98118
  • Call to register:
  • Hosted by Horn of Africa Services

What are Citizenship Workshops?

A citizenship workshop is a free event where volunteer attorneys, interpreters, and others assist eligible green card holders with completing their N-400 naturalization application. OIRA administers these clinics in partnership with local community organizations through the New Citizen Campaign.

Sponsored by OIRA, 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.

 

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

The white and green 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 help you check your eligibility, complete the citizenship application, tell you about any potential problems with your application, and connect you to an expert for help. 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.

  

Contact any of these organizations offering free citizenship assistance:

A family of new Americans at a citizenship ceremony in a brightly lit room in Seattle City Hall.

The New Citizen Program (NCP) partners with 10 community-based organizations located through Seattle and King County to help low-income immigrants and refugees become US citizens.

In the program, you will be assigned a case manager who will help you navigate the whole citizenship process. Services include:

  • Preparation and filing of the citizenship application form (N-400)
  • Assistance preparing a fee waiver or reduced fee application (if eligible)
  • Help determining if you are qualified for a disability waiver and support to work with your doctor to obtain and submit the required paperwork
  • Interview practice to prepare for your citizenship interview
  • Citizenship classes or tutoring to practice English and the 100 civics questions
  • Full legal representation and case management

Services are available in a wide range of languages. Most NCP organizations are offering services by phone or video, in addition to in-person.

Contact any of the organizations in the list below to find out more information about getting help with your citizenship application, citizenship classes, other helpful services.

Download our NCP flier here.

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
Khmer
Mandarin
Spanish
Vietnamese

Catholic Immigration Legal Services

100 23rd Ave S, Seattle, 98144

Romina Coronel
(206) 328-6314

Somali
Spanish

Literacy Source

3200 NE 125th St, Seattle, 98125

Cory Ihrig Goldhaber
(206) 502-2061

Italian
Korean
Oromo
Spanish

Multicultural Self-Sufficiency Movement

3820 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood, 98499

Mihaela Sandu
(253) 584-5615

Korean
Moldavian
Romanian
Russian

Neighborhood House

6 locations throughout Seattle and South King County

Marissa Graff
(206) 734-0366

Amharic
Arabic
Burmese
Russian
Somali
Spanish
Tigrinya
Ukrainian
Vietnamese

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP)

615 2nd Ave, Ste 400, Seattle, 98104

Natasha El-Sergany
(206) 957-8644

Arabic
French
Spanish

Refugee Women's Alliance (ReWA)

4008 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, 98108

Thi Thi Gray
(206) 721-0243

Dari
Farsi
Pashto
Russian
Somali
Ukrainian
Vietnamese

Sea Mar Community Health Centers

8915 14th Ave S, Seattle, 98108

José Rios-Solis
(206) 764-4700

Spanish

St. James Immigrant Assistance

804 9th Ave, Seattle, 98104

Patrick Suhrbier
(206) 382-4511

Spanish

Ukrainian Community Center of Washington

13470 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, 98178

Irinia Pilipchuk
(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.

 

If you can afford assistance, consider hiring an attorney:

New American citizen shaking hands with Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim at a past Citizenship Ceremony at Seattle City Hall. 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.

Notario Fraud Warning
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.

Notario público advertencia de fraude
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.

Banner photo credit: Alabastro Photography.

Immigrant and Refugee Affairs

Hamdi Mohamed, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 1616, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 94573, Seattle, WA, 98124
Phone: (206) 727-8515
oira@seattle.gov

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The mission of the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs is to improve the lives of Seattle’s immigrant and refugee communities by engaging them in decisions about the City of Seattle’s future and improving the City’s programs and services to meet the needs of all constituents.