New Citizen Campaign

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2017 Citizenship Clinics and Citizenship Information

About the New Citizen Campaign (NCC)

About the New Citizen Program (NCP)

To Volunteer for a Citizenship Event

 

Naturalize Now Logo

Naturalize NOW

The City of Seattle is joining the Cities for Citizenship national campaign Naturalize NOW to help lawful permanent residents all over the U.S. become citizens! The goal of this naturalization surge is to mobilize one million immigrants for citizenship in 2017. We believe Seattle can contribute to this goal because 971,242 people applied for citizenship in 2016, a dramatic increase since 2012, and we already have monthly citizenship clinics scheduled for the rest of 2017 (see below). Expect to see more about Naturalize Now from us as this year continues!

 

2017 Citizenship Clinics

A team of volunteer attorneys, paralegals, and interpreters will help you with your N-400 citizenship application. It's FREE for all eligible legal permanent residents (green card holders). Similar to the larger-scale Citizenship Workshops, Citizenship Clinics are smaller in scale, with attendee goals of 30-50 people legal permanent residents.

For more information, you can also call our hotline at (206) 386-9090.

Date Communities Served & Outreach Flyers* Location Partnering Organizations
*Clinics will focus on specific communities for outreach and interpreter recruitment, but all are open to any permanent resident eligible to naturalize.
12/2
Saturday
10am-1pm
Latino and
Korean
Eng (color)
Eng (b&w)
Kor (b&w)
Spn (b&w)
South Park
Community Center

8319 8th Ave S
Seattle, WA  98108
OneAmerica and Korean Community Service Center
We have a huge need for volunteer attorneys for this event. If you are an attorney able to volunteer, please click here to register.
(Please note, this volunteer registration process is different than the OIRA Cervis process. If you already registered through Cervis, please re-register through OneAmerica at the link above. Thank you!)

 

 

A new American with USCIS representative Anne Corsano.

Check out our New Citizen Campaign Web Portal

This comprehensive website newcitizencampaign.org can answer all your questions regarding the naturalization process. It features information on the topics below, as well as listings of free/low-cost classes and citizenship events in the Seattle area that you can attend to help get you on the path to becoming a U.S. citizen.

What to Bring to a Citizenship Clinic/Documents Needed to Become a Citizen

Citizenship Application Eligibility

Why You Should Become a U.S. Citizen

 

 

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 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.

Because of our 2016 and 2017 citizenship workshops, the campaign is well on its way of achieving our goals. We anticipate a 63% increase in the number of eligible residents served to become naturalized citizens. In 2017, we expect a 125% increase.

New Citizen Campaign Action Items

  • Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union partnership has developed a citizenship loan product to reduce financial barriers and increase access to banking services. You can find out more about this loan here.
  • USCIS partnership to promote citizenship and make resources easily available.
  • Broad public awareness campaign utilizing ethnic media and social media in multiple languages to highlight the benefits of citizenship.
  • New Citizen Campaign web portal will act as a clearinghouse for information and resources relevant to Seattle residents.
  • Citizenship Clinics and Workshops: group processing events and clinics in immigrant-dense neighborhoods.
  • New partnerships with national coalitions, local networks, financial institutions, business, labor, and community-based organizations.

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

For more information about the New Citizen Campaign, contact Christina Guros at (206) 684-5705 or christina.guros@seattle.gov.

 

 

New Citizen Program

Can't make it to a Citizenship Clinic or Citizenship Workshop event? Consider attending a class or program with a New Citizen Program organization (NCP). NCP is a component of the New Citizen Campaign. Through a consortium of 12 community-based organization partners (see below), NCP provides free naturalization services to immigrants and refugees who are low-income, elderly, illiterate, or have limited English skills living in Seattle/King County. Services include citizenship instruction/tutoring, interview preparation, assistance with submitting applications/waivers, and referrals for legal assistance. In-language services are available in Mandarin, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Cantonese, Tongan, Samoan, Korean, Amharic, Tigrinya, Russian, Ukrainian, Romanian, Moldavian, Spanish, Burmese, Polish, French, and Arabic.

Since its inception, NCP has served over 17,800 people, provided naturalization assistance to over 11,300 legal permanent residents (LPRs), successfully naturalized 8,900 LPRs, and provided over 82,800 hours of instruction.

These 12 nonprofit organizations are members of the NCP consortium. Located across Seattle/King County, they offer classes that can help you become a naturalized U.S. citizen. Click below to find out more information about English as a second language and citizenship classes near you:

Deputy Mayor Kim congratulating a new American.Asian Counseling and Referral Service

Catholic Community Services of Western Washington

Chinese Information and Service Center

Jewish Family Service

Literacy Source

Multicultural Self-Sufficiency Movement

Neighborhood House

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project

Refugee Women's Alliance

Sea Mar Community Health Centers

St. James Immigrant Assistance

Ukrainian Community Center of Washington

 

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

For more information about the New Citizen Program, contact Meghan Kelly-Stallings at (206) 386-1882 or meghan.kelly-stallings@seattle.gov.

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

 

Banner photo credit: Alabastro Photography.