October Virtual Citizenship Workshop

Please call 630.462.7660 or 630.906.9546 to schedule a citizenship consultation for October 9, 2020 to take place by phone or video (Microsoft Teams of Zoom). Refer to this flyer for any questions you may have.

 

 

Pending N-400 Cases

For more information on USCIS office operations, including fingerprint appointments at ASCs, interviews, and Naturalization Oath Ceremonies, please visit: https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/uscis-response-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19. If you have a pending case with our office and have a question or concern about your case, please email efrey@wr.org or call and leave a message for Elizabeth Frey at 630.462.7660 x1053.

 

Of Particular Note

Effective March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is suspending in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices and Application Support Centers (ASCs) to help slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). This suspension of services will be effective until at least April 1 and includes all in-person activities: fingerprint appointments, interviews, and Naturalization Oath Ceremonies.

USCIS field offices will send notices to applicants and petitioners with scheduled appointments and naturalization ceremonies impacted by this closure. When USCIS again resumes normal operations, USCIS will automatically reschedule ASC appointments due to the office closure. You will receive a new appointment letter in the mail.

Individuals who had InfoPass or other appointments must reschedule through the USCIS Contact Center once field offices are open to the public again. Please check to see if your field office has been reopened before reaching out to the USCIS Contact Center.

 

What to know before you attend a Citizenship Workshop once they resume:

  1. Registration will start at 9:00 AM and finish at 12:00 PM. No one will be accepted after registration time has ended. Please arrive as close to 9:00am as possible, as persons will be assisted in a first come first serve basis.

  2. Take into consideration you will be at the workshop for several hours, and plan accordingly (bring snacks, water and plan your employment schedule).

  3.  We recommend that only family members that are applying for Citizenship attend the workshop. As mentioned before, the wait is several hours and space is limited.

  4. Fill out this General Information Form and bring it with you to the workshop. This form contains a list of documents you will also need to bring with you to the workshop.

  5. If you have ever been arrested, you must bring with you certified court dispositions for any and all arrests you have ever had, regardless of outcome or how long ago they occurred. This form will give you information on how to request a disposition.

Fees

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services charges $725 to process your citizenship application. However, they offer a fee waiver and reduced fee for individuals who qualify. This form outlines two ways you may be able to qualify for this fee waiver. If you qualify, you must bring all necessary documentation to the workshop with you. If you qualify based on the receipt of public benefits, please bring any recent mail or documentation dated no more than 3 months ago from the governmental agency giving you the public benefit. If you are planning to apply for a fee waiver or reduced fee based on income levels please bring your most recent income taxes. If you do not qualify, please bring a signed check or money order for $725 made out to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. If you qualify for the reduced fee, please bring a check or money order for $405.00

In addition to the USCIS fee, World Relief DuPage/Aurora charges a $50.00 fee per person. We accept cash or check only.

Why Become a U.S. Citizen?

There are many reasons to become a citizen. Some of the most important are:

  • Citizens can vote and hold public office

  • Citizens cannot be deported

  • Citizens can petition for more family members to come to the United States than can legal permanent residents (like siblings, parents, and married children

  • Citizens usually wait less time for their family to come to the United States than legal permanent residents

  • Citizens can travel freely outside of the United States for long periods of time

  • Citizens can serve as officers in the military and get federal jobs that non-citizens cannot

  • Citizens have full access to public benefits

Eligibility and Requirements

To apply for U.S. Citizenship, you must either:

  • Have been a lawful permanent resident for at least 4 years, 9 months AND be able to speak, read, and write basic English, or

  • Have been a lawful permanent resident for at least 2 years, 9 months AND have been married to a U.S. citizen for at least 3 years AND be able to speak, read, and write basic English

You may be allowed to take the citizenship test in your own language, rather than in English, if you meet the residency requirements above AND either:

  • You have a physical, developmental, or mental disability that makes it impossible for you to learn English

  • You have been a lawful permanent resident for at least 20 years AND you are at least 50 years old.

  • You have been a lawful permanent resident for at least 15 years AND you are at least 55 years old.

For Help Preparing for a Citizenship Interview

Click here.

To make a citizenship appointment with an Immigration Specialist:

DuPage Office
Please call (630) 462.7660 or 
Send email

Aurora Office
Please call (630) 906.9546 or
Send email