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U.S. citizenship provides greater security and opportunities for lawful permanent residents who are eligible to apply. In addition to safety from deportation, U.S. citizenship gives people the right to vote and the ability to sponsor family members to immigrate to the United States.

Basic eligibility requirements for U.S. citizenship

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be a lawful permanent resident (green card holder)
  • Continuously resided in the U.S. for at least 5 years since becoming a permanent resident
  • Be physically present in the U.S. for at least 2½ out of the past 5 years
  • Be of good moral character
  • Be able to understand, speak, read and write English
  • Understand U.S. government and history concepts

Learn more about the requirements to become a U.S. Citizen.

Naturalization Consultations

We offer 8 free, walk-in naturalization consultations for new clients on Thursdays at Canal Alliance. Four spots are available at 9:00 am and 4 more are available at 1:00 pm. Everyone will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

Four walk-in naturalization consultations are available at 5:00 pm on the following dates:

Civics Classes at Canal Alliance

Canal Alliance offers 10-week Citizenship Classes throughout the year to prepare individuals for the Citizenship Exam and the United States Customs & Immigration Services (USCIS) interview process. Citizenship classes are offered in the evenings and are taught in English by dedicated volunteers.

Find more Naturalization Interview, English & Civics Resources here.

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