The Citizenship course prepares students for success in the American naturalization process. Preparation for the citizenship test and oral interview includes a review of the N-400 application and interview, U.S. history, government, culture, and symbols with specific emphasis on rights and responsibilities under the Constitution of the United States of America using the guidelines established by the Department of Homeland Security.
Naturalization is the manner in which a person not born in the United States voluntarily becomes a U.S. citizen. Before an individual applies for naturalization, the person must meet a few requirements.
General requirements for naturalization are the following:
- Be at least 18 years old at the time of filing Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.
- Be a permanent resident (have a “green card”) for at least 5 years, with some exceptions.
- Have lived within the state or USCIS district with jurisdiction over your place of residence for at least 3 months prior to the date of filing Form N-400.
- Have continuous residence in the United States as a lawful permanent resident for at least 5 years immediately preceding the date of filing Form N-400.
- Be physically present in the United States for at least 30 months out of the 5 years immediately preceding the date of filing Form N-400.
- Be able to read, write, and speak basic English.
- Have a basic understanding of U.S. history and government (civics).
- Be a person of good moral character.
- Demonstrate an attachment to the principles and ideals of the U.S. Constitution.
Depending on the individual’s situation, there are different requirements that may apply. Under certain circumstances, individuals may take the citizenship examination in their native language; however, they must still have a working knowledge of basic U.S. government, history, and civics.
The English Center Citizenship program is supported by the USCIS Citizenship and Assimilation Grant in cooperation with Catholic Legal Services though, the school offers free assistance in completing the N-400 application process, applying for fee waivers, one-to-one assistance with interviewing skills, and photo service.