Attend Our Next Citizenship Workshop

Saturday, March 17th, 2018
Community Fellowship Church
28W240 North Ave, West Chicago, IL 60185

 

What to know before you arrive:

  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.

To make a citizenship appointment with an Immigration Counselor:

DuPage Office
Please call (630) 462-7660 or 
Send email

Aurora Office
Please call (630) 264-3171 x2010 or
Send email