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NATURALIZATION

Hogar Immigrant Services’ Naturalization program includes two services for long-time legal permanent residents who are eligible to apply for United States citizenship.

  • Application Assistance
  • Exam Preparation

The legal services staff, with the help of pro-bono attorneys and many volunteers, assists applicants in filling out the N-400 Application for Naturalization at Saturday workshops which are held 8 – 10 times per year in various locations in Northern Virginia. Applicants who attend these workshops pay a $40 fee and are given their completed N-400 packet (including photos and attachments) to send to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), as well as information regarding the application process.

For those applicants who need help preparing for the Citizenship Interview and Exam, Hogar Immigrant Services offers Citizenship Preparation Classes in Falls Church, Woodbridge, Vienna and Sterling, Virginia. In the course of a class session students learn all material on the Citizenship exam and practice their English conversation skills as well. Teachers prepare students for their in-person interviews with USCIS by holding mock interview sessions. The duration and cost of the class is different at each class site. Call Hogar’s Falls Church office at 703-534-9805 for current Citizenship Class schedule information.

 

NATURALIZATION PROCESS

Naturalization is the process by which US citizenship is conferred upon a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

The general requirements for naturalization include:

  • a period of continuous residence and physical presence in the United States;
  • an ability to read, write, and speak English;
  • a knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and government;
  • good moral character.

To learn more about the Naturalization process, you may consult the USCIS Guide to Naturalization or visit the USCIS website.

 

NATURALIZATION WORKSHOPS

 

Want to become a US Citizen? Hogar hosts a Naturalization Workshops every month. At each workshop, members of the Hogar Legal team, as well as trained volunteers, are on hand to assist eligible legal permanent residents (LPRs) in completing naturalization applications.

Items you must to bring to a Hogar Naturalization Workshop include:

1. Legal Permanent Resident card  also known as “green card”
2. All passports—current and expired since you became a legal permanent resident (LPR).
·    If your passport was lost or stolen we recommend to file a police report
·    If  your consul kept your expired passports when you renewed your current passport then only bring what you have.
·    If you are an asylee or refugee then bring your travel document
3. Dates and addresses for the last 5 years for all places where you have worked, lived, and studied.
4. Biographical Information for current spouse: Birth & marriage date, green card, current address and name of employer.
· (only if it applies) information of all your current spouse’s prior spouses: Full legal name, immigration status at the end of marriage, place & date of birth, marriage & divorce date. If possible bring divorce certificate or decree
· (only if it applies) if your spouse is a naturalized citizen of the US, please also bring a copy of the naturalization certificate.
5. Information for former spouses (ex-wife or ex-husband): full legal name, immigration status at the end of marriage, place & date of birth, marriage & divorce date.
· If you have been divorce we recommend to bring the divorce certificate or decree
· If your prior spouse is deceased we recommend to bring the death certificate
6. If parents are US citizens, please bring your parent’s birth and marriage date. 
7. It only applies to men:
· If you are between the age of 18 and 26, go to www.sss.gov and register! It’s the law.
· If you are between the age of 26 and 31 then request a “Status of Information Letter” in www.sss.gov
· If you are between the age of 26 and 29, and are applying for U.S. citizenship because of marriage with a U.S. citizen then you need to request a “Status of Information Letter” in www.sss.gov
8. Biographical information for all children (including adult, adopted or deceased): Place & date of birth, green card & current address.
9.A personal check or money order payable to “US Department of Homeland Security” for $680.
10.  All records from Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) (tickets, DUI, license suspension, etc).
11. Court Dispositions, in the event that you ever been arrested for any type of charges (if you do not bring these documents with you, we won’t be able to assist you).

  • Depending on the seriousness of your criminal charges Hogar Immigrant Services reserves the right to decide whether to represent you.

  • At the time you apply you must have a good understanding of English and be able to converse at an intermediate level.

For the dates and locations of upcoming Naturalization Workshops, please go to our Calendar of Events.

 

 

CITIZENSHIP CLASSES

Citizenship classes-- designed to help immigrants preparing for the naturalization examination-- are currently being offered in four locations-- Falls Church, Woodbridge, Vienna* and Sterling.

*For more information about Citizenship classes in Vienna, click here or call 703-626-3585

In order to register for Citizenship class, you must:

    • be able to speak and understand at least a "low intermediate" level of English;
    • have at least "high beginner" skills in reading and writing English; and
    • have applied, or be eligible to apply, for US citizenship.

For more information regarding class schedules please call 703 534-9805 x 252 or click here for a printable flier.

Click here to learn more about the Naturalization Test Questions.

 

VOLUNTEER

Interested in volunteering for the Naturalization program? Fill out Hogar's Volunteer Application Form and email it to volunteer.hogar@ccda.net or learn more about the volunteer opportunities we have available by clicking here.