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					                             How to Apply for U.S. Citizenship

                                                                     4. Must demonstrate good moral character
                                                                        primarily (but not exclusively) for the five
                                                                        years prior to applying for citizenship, and
                                                                        continuing up to the time of swearing in.

                                                                     5. Must be able to read, write, and speak Basic
                                                                          English, with some exceptions (please see
                                                                          section “Do I need to speak English during my
There are several benefits to becoming an                                 naturalization interview?”)

American citizen. Benefits include the                               6. Must have been a permanent resident for the
following:                                                              last five years, or the last three years if
                                                                        married to a U.S. citizen. If applying for
    § The right to vote.
                                                                        citizenship as the spouse of an American
    § The right to serve on a jury.
                                                                        citizen, must continue to be married and
    § The right to travel with a United                                 continue to live with that spouse until the time
       States passport.                                                 of swearing in.
    § The right to help relatives immigrate
                                                                     7. Must have not disrupted permanent residence
       more quickly to the United States.
                                                                        for any of the last five years (or three years if
    § The right to hold public office and                               married to an American citizen).
       obtain government jobs.
                                                                     8. Must have been physically present in the
    § You do not need to renew your green
                                                                        United States for at least one-half of the five
       card every ten years.
                                                                        (or three) years of residency (30 months if not
                                                                        married to a U.S. citizen or 18 months if
In addition to choosing to go to an attorney to                         married to a U.S. citizen).
help you apply for citizenship, there are many
                                                                     9. Must be able to pass a test in basic United
community organizations that can assist you at
                                                                        States history and government.
very low or no cost.
                                                                     10. Must be able to take a loyalty oath.
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                                                                     When do I apply for citizenship?
Do I qualify to apply for
citizenship?                                                         If you are married to an American citizen, and your
                                                                     spouse sponsored you to become a permanent
                                                                     resident, you can apply for citizenship after 2
To be eligible to apply for citizenship, you must
                                                                     years and 9 months as a permanent resident. If
meet the following requirements:
                                                                     you are not married to an American citizen, you can
                                                                     apply for citizenship after 4 years and 9 months as
1.   Must be a permanent resident and not on
                                                                     a permanent resident.
     probation at the time of your naturalization
     interview.

2. Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of
   submitting the application.

3. Must have been a resident of the state or
   district where applying for citizenship for at
   least 3 months.

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                                                                     How long does the naturalization
                    Warning:                                         process take?
Arrests, crimminal records or
                                                                     At the current time, it takes approximately 12-15
 other immigration problems                                          months to complete the citizenship process. After
                                                                     submitting the N-400 application, you will receive a
may have serious consequences                                        receipt notice after approximately 1-3 months.
 on your Immigration status.                                         You will then receive an appointment for
                                                                     fingerprints after another 1-3 months. The
                                                                     interview is approximately 6-8 months after
     Always speak with an                                            submitting the application and is determined by
  immigration specialist before                                      INS processing time. The oath ceremony will be
                                                                     approximately 2-4 months after your naturalization
     you contact the INS.                                            interview.


                                                                     How much does it cost for me to
What is the process to become an
                                                                     apply for citizenship?
American citizen?
                                                                      The cost for the N-400 is currently $260. All
To apply for citizenship, you must submit an N-400
                                                                     applicants under the age of 75 also need to pay for
application with INS. Thereafter, you will be
                                                                     fingerprinting services. Fingerprinting costs an
required to submit your fingerprints for FBI
                                                                     additional $50.
investigation, successfully complete an interview
with INS and participate in US. Oath Ceremony.
When you receive your certificate of                                 Can I take a written U.S.
Naturalization, you are a citizen and can
immediately register to vote, begin petitioning for
                                                                     History and Civics test?
family members and receive the benefits of U.S.
citizens.                                                            Not at the present time. Citizen applicants used to
                                                                     be able to take a written U.S. Histoty and Civics
Should I drop off my application                                     exam before going to their naturalization
                                                                     interview, but this policy ended on August 30,
at the localINS office?                                              1998. In the future, the INS may have a new
                                                                     written test that applicants can take before the
No. All applications must go to a special facilty, and               interview. Until a new written test is in place,
not to your local INS office. If you are a resident                  applicants will be tested orally at their
of California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii or Guam,                      naturalization interview.
send your application to:

        USINS California Service Center
                                                                     Do I need to speak English during
        Attention: N-400 Unit                                        my citizenship interview?
        P.O. Box 10400
        Laguna Niguel, CA 92607-400
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Most applicants are required to speak, read, and                     may be denied citizenship if he received reminder
write in English during their citizenship interview.                 notices to register for the Selective Service and
However, there are a few exceptions:                                 disregarded the notices. If he did not register for
        a. If you are 50 years of age and have                       the Selective Service because he did not know that
           been a permanent resident for 20 years                    he was required to, he may still be able to become
           at the time of submitting your N-400                      a citizen if he can explain to INS why he did not
           application. You must still study 100                     register. A male who is over the age of 31 years
           questions of history and government in                    old and did not register for the Selective Service
           your native language.                                     should be able to become an American citizen if he
        b. If you are 55 years of age and have                       meets all of the other requirements.
           been a permanent resident for 15 years
           at the time of submitting your N-400
                                                                     If I become a U.S. citizen, does
           application. You must still study 100
           questions of history and government in                    my child automatically become a
           your native language.                                     citizen too?
        c. If you are 65 years of age and have
           been a permanent resident for 20 years
                                                                     If you are a citizen and your child is under 18, you
           at the time of submitting your N-400
                                                                     may be able to apply for your child’s citizenship by
           application. You must study 25
                                                                     filing an N-600. You child must be a legal
           questions of history and government in
                                                                     permanent resident, and you must fulfill other
           your native language.
                                                                     requirements. Speak with an immigration or
        d. If you have a medical disability that
                                                                     citizenship specialist for more information.
           prevents you from learning English, you
           may not have to speak English during
           your citizenship interview. Your doctor                   How would a criminal record or
           must complete an N-648 in addition to
           the N-400, and INS must approve the
                                                                     previous immigration problem
           N-648. If the N-648 is approved, you                      affect my eligibility for
           can be exempted from the English
                                                                     citizenship?
           requirement and you may also be
           exempted from the history and
                                                                     If you have a criminal record or have had previous
           government requirement as well.
                                                                     immigration problems such as a deportation or
                                                                     voluntary departure, you need to speak with an
If I didn’t register for the                                         attorney to determine if you are eligible to apply
Selective Service, am I still                                        for citizenship.

eligible to apply for citizenship?                                                                h
                                                                     Asian Americans for Community Involvement
All males living in the United States between the
ages of 18-26 years old are required to register                     2400 Moorpark Ave, Suite 300, San Jose, CA 95128
with the Selective Service (military service), even                  Tel: (408) 975-2730
if undocumented or out of status at that time. A                     Language(s): Cantonese, Mandarin, Chui-Chow,
male who did not register with the Selective                         Laotian, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Thai, Korean,
Service who is still between the ages of 18-26                       Tagalog, Lao-Mien, Farsi and Japanese
years old must register in order to be eligible for                  Services: General support and citizenship services,
citizenship. A male who is between the ages of 26-                   ESL/Citizenship classes, mental health, women &
31 and did not register with the Selective Service                   children shelter.
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                                                                     Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County – Gilroy
Asian Law Alliance                                                   Office


184 East Jackson Street, San, Jose, CA 95112                         7950 Church Street, Gilroy, CA 95020
Tel: (408) 287-9710                                                  Tel: (408) 842-4808
Website: www.asianlawalliance-ala.org                                Language: Spanish and English
Language(s): Vietnamese, Laotian, Cantonese,                         Services: Immigration legal services including
Mandarin, Spanish                                                    citizenship.
Services: Citizenship applications and legal services
for complex legal issues                                             Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County – San
                                                                     Jose Office
Berryessa Community Center
                                                                     2625 Zanker Road Suite 201, San, Jose, CA 95134-
3050 Berryessa Rd., San Jose, CA 95132                               2107
Tel: (408) 251-6392                                                  Tel: (408) 944-0691
Website: www.ci.san-jose.ca.us/prns                                  Language(s): English, Portuguese, Spanish, Tagalog
                                                                     and Vietnamese.
Language(s): VietnameseSpanish, Chinese and
Punjabi translations.                                                Services: Immigration legal services, citizenship.
Services: Citizenship & ESL classes, Youth Program,
Senior Program, other Adult classes, community
activities and events.                                               Chinese Cultural Center

                                                                     1269 Forgewood Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Bosnia-Herzegovina U.S.A. Society                                    Tel: (408) 747-0394
                                                                     Language(s): Mandarin, Taiwane
1 West Campbell Avenue, Suite B-20, Campbell, CA                     Services: ESL, citizenship classes, Chinese library
95008
Tel: (425) 866-6989
Language(s): Bosnian, Croatian, Russian, Serbian
                                                                     Eastside Neighborhood Center
Services: ESL, citizenship

                                                                     2150 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose, CA 95116
Center for Employment Training (CET)                                 Tel: (408) 251-0215
                                                                     Language(s): Spanish and Tagalog
                                                                     Services: ESL, citizenship classes.
701 Vine Street, San Jose, CA 95110
Tel: (408) 534-5451
Language(s): Spanish. Other languages available as                   East Side Union High School District Adult
needed.                                                              Education.
Services: Citizenship application assistance,
citizenship orientation, immigration attorney, ESL and               a) Andrew Hill High School
citizenship classes, Spanish literacy classes and                       3200 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95123
immigration services                                                    Tel: (day): (408) 254-8101
                                                                        Tel (after 6 p.m.): (408) 347-4390
                                                                        Language: Spanish
                                                                        Services: ESL classes.

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b) K. R. Smith School                                                Services: ESL and citizenship
   2025 Clarice Drive (near Tully), San Jose, CA
   95122                                                             Escuela Popular
   Tel: (day): (408) 254-8101
   Location Tel : (408) 270-6751
                                                                     467 N. White Road, San Jose, CA 95127
   Services: ESL classes.
                                                                     Tel: (408) 275-7190
                                                                     Language: Spanish
c) Overfelt Adult Center
                                                                     Services: ESL, citizenship classes, High School
   1901 Cunningham Ave., San Jose, CA 95122                          Diploma
   Tel : (408) 254-8101
                                                                     Fremont Adult Education
Language(s): Spanish and Vietnamese language
assistance in the office but ESL classes are in English.
Services: ESL classes PM (with computers),                           591 West Fremont Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
citizenship classes, adult basic education (literacy).               Tel: (408) 522-2735
                                                                     Language: English
d) Independence Adult Center                                         Services: ESL, Citizenship classes, GED, community
                                                                     classes, vocational, High School Diploma, Health
   625 Educational Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95133
                                                                     Education, Adult Literacy and Conversation, classes
   Tel (day): (408) 254-8101                                         in Sunnyvale and Cupertino.
   Tel (after 6 p.m.): (408) 928-9300
   Website: http://aenet.esuhsd.org                                  Gavilan College

Language(s): Spanish and Vietnamese language
assistance in the office but ESL classes are in English.             5055 Santa Teresa Blvd., Gilroy, CA 95020
Services: Classes for people applying for U.S                        Tel: (408) 848-4807
citizenship or have failed their interview. Students                 Language: Spanish
placed on their English reading, writing, and speaking               Services: ESL, Low beginning to high level extended
ability.                                                             opportunity program and service, Disability Program,
                                                                     Financial aid, citizenship and childcare.
Economic and Social Opportunities (ESO)
San Jose                                                             Gilroy Family Resource Center


1445-1447 Oakland Road, San Jose, CA 95112                           8833 Monterey Road, Gilroy, CA 95020
Tel: (408) 971-0888                                                  Tel: (408) 846-5000
Language(s): Bosnian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Spanish,                  Language: Spanish
Cambodian, Korean, Bosnian and French.                               Services: ESL, citizenship classes, CCIP program,
Services: ESL/citizenship classes, family health,                    family’s in recovery, parent orientations, basic
child-care, education & training, housing & energy,                  parenting classes, co-parenting classes, support
HEAP                                                                 groups, family strength and struggle.

Economic and Social Opportunities (ESO)                              Gilroy Unified School District Adult Education
South County
                                                                     8750 Hirasaki Ct., Gilroy, CA 95050
7365 Monterey Rd, Ste E, Gilroy, CA 95020                            Tel: (408) 842-2082
Tel: (408) 848-1265                                                  Language: English
Language: Spanish                                                    Services: ESL, citizenship classes

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Gilroy Citizenship & Educatonal Programs                             John XXIII Multi-Service Center
(GCEP)
                                                                     195 East San Fernando Street, San Jose, CA 95112
8833 Monterey St. Suite. G, Gilroy, CA 95020                         Tel: (408) 282-8600
Tel: (408) 846-5017                                                  Services: ESL, citizenship classes, childcare, senior
Language(s): Spanish, English                                        nutrition program.
Services: Assistance with N-400 and other
educational programs.                                                Korean American Community Services

Immigrant Resettlement and Cultural Center                           1800-B Fruitdale Avenue, San Jose, CA 95116
(IRCC)
                                                                     Tel: (408) 920-9733
                                                                     Language: Korean
420 Park Avenue, San Jose, CA 95110-2612                             Services: Citizenship application assistance,
Tel: (408) 971-7857                                                  citizenship classes, medical insurance and ESL.
Language: Vietnamese
Services: Citizenship assessment, citizenship
application, and citizenship interview preparation,
ESL for citizenship, vocational ESL, job placement,                  Los Gatos-Saratoga Community Education &
retention services, senor program, and job keeper -                  Recreation
food connection hotline
                                                                     123 East Main Street, Los Gatos, CA 95032
International Rescue Committee                                       Tel: (408) 354-8700
                                                                     Language: Spanish
460 Koll Circle, Ste B, San Jose, CA 95112                           Services: Adult Educational and recreational classes
Tel: (408) 453-3536
Language(s): Bosnian, Vietnamese, Laotian, Thai,
French, Farsi, Ethiopian and Somalian and Oromo.                     Metropolitan Adult Education Program
Services: Citizenship services and citizenship
assistance, immigration services, refugees services
                                                                     1149 East Julian Street, San Jose, CA 95116
                                                                     Tel: (408) 947-2311
                                                                     Language: Vietnamese and Spanish
Jewish Family Service of Santa Clara (JFS)                           Services: ESL, citizenship classes, G.E.D., high
                                                                     school diploma. Call the main office to get the nearest
1101 South Winchester Blvd, Ste L 237, San Jose, CA                  center.
95128
Fax: (408) 356-7576                                                  Milpitas Adult Education Programs
Language(s): Russian, Bosnian, Farsi, Assyrian,
Hebrew, German, French, Portuguese
Services: ESL/citizenship classes during the day; ESL                1331 East Calaveras Blvd, Bldg. 400, Milpitas, CA
class for seniors, English teachers, N-400 group                     95035
assistance, N-400 individual assistance, disability                  Tel: (408) 945-2392
waiver assistance, transportation to ESL classes,                    Language: English
interpretation, general information, computer classes                Services: Offers various level of ESL from beginning
and public benefits counseling.                                      to advanced. Citizenship, adult basic education GED
                                                                     preparation and HSD completion are also offered.

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Morgan Hill Community Adult School                                   Our Lady of Guadalupe Church


17940 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill, CA 95037                           2020 East San Antonio Street (King and Jackson)
Tel: (408) 779-5261                                                  San Jose, CA 95116
Language: Spanish                                                    Tel: (408) 258-7057
Services: ESL classes, citizenship classes, and                      Language: Spanish
community education classes.                                         Services: Offers basic citizenship services and
                                                                     citizenship classes, food programs, parish nurse,
                                                                     clothing assistance

Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School                                 Portuguese Community Center (POSSO)

333 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View. CA 94043                           1115 East Santa Clara Street, Suite #A, San Jose, CA
Tel: (650) 940-6025                                                  95116
Language: English                                                    Tel: (408) 293-0877
Services: Offers citizenship and ESL classes year                    Language: Portuguese, English and some Spanish
round, from beginning to advanced levels. Times and                  Services: ESL, citizenship classes
days vary, morning, afternoon and evening classes as
well as some Saturday courses. Also parent education,
adult literacy, and adult developmental disability. Call
for more information, high school diploma and GED                    Sacred Heart Center

                                                                     310 Edward Avenue, San Jose, CA 95110
North Side Community Center                                          Main office Tel: (408) 947-2321
                                                                     Message: (408) 947-2311
                                                                     Language: Spanish
2352 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose, CA 95116
                                                                     Services: ESL, citizenship classes
Tel: (408) 271-7321
Language: Tagalog, Hindi, Spanish and Vietnamese
Services: ESL, citizenship classes, assistance for
seniors, computer training, dancing classes, nutrition               Sacred Heart Community Service
programs, socializing events, veterans affair.
                                                                     1381 S. First Street, San Jose, CA 95110
                                                                     Tel: (408) 283-5800
Nuestra Casa Family Resource Center                                  Language: Spanish
                                                                     Services: Provides citizenship and ESL classes,
1998 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose, CA 95116                            application assistance. Call for class schedule.
Tel: (408) 251-7663
Language: Spanish
Services: ESL and childcare                                          St. James Senior Center

                                                                     199 North 3rd Street, San Jose, CA 95112
                                                                     Tel: (408) 277-4194
                                                                     Services: Provides citizenship and ESL.

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St Joseph’s Cathedral-St Joseph’s Worker House                       Self Help for the Elderly


(Social Ministry Office)                                             1818 Scott Blvd., Santa Clara, CA 95050
80 South Market Street (San Fernando), San Jose, CA                  Tel: (408) 246-8790
95113                                                                Language Capacity: Cantonese, Mandarin and
Tel: (408) 283-8118                                                  English.
Language: Spanish                                                    Services: Citizenship classes, ESL classes, social
                                                                     services and wellness activities.
Services: Provides citizenship and ESL for anyone.
Call for schedule.
                                                                     Services Immigrant Rights & Education Network
                                                                     (SIREN)
Samoan Civic Association of Santa Clara County

                                                                     778 N. First St., #202, San Jose, CA 95112
2448 Story Road, Suite C, San Jose, CA 95122
                                                                     Tel: (408) 286-5680
Fax: (408) 929-7133
                                                                     Immigrant Assistance Immigration Lines:
Language: Samoan
Services: Provides translation, help with filling out                Spanish (408)286-1698
forms and help with immigration status for Samoan                    Vietnamese (408)286-1448
and Pacific Islander seniors.
                                                                     Language: Cantonese, Farsi, Mandarin, Spanish,
                                                                     Vietnamese
                                                                     Services: Citizenship information and referral hotline,
Santa Clara Adult Education                                          citizenship application assistance, and community
                                                                     education on immigration, public benefits, civil
                                                                     participation and citizenship. Training and technical
590 Washington Street, Santa Clara, CA
                                                                     assistance on immigration and related issues.
Tel: (408) 423-3050
Language(s): Spanish and Farsi
Services: ESL and citizenship classes, day and                       South East Asian Community Center
evening.
                                                                     1415 Koll Circle #108, San Jose, CA 95112
Santa Maria Urban Mission                                            Language: Vietnamese, Somali, Russian, Bosnian,
                                                                     Arabic
                                                                     Services: Citizenship services, intake refugee and
778 S. Almaden Avenue, San Jose, CA 95110                            employment services.
Tel: (408) 292-3314
Language: Spanish
Services: ESL and citizenship classes.
                                                                     Vietnamese American Cultural and Social Council

St. Joseph Family Center
                                                                     611 North 13th Street, San Jose, CA 95112
                                                                     Tel: (408) 971-8280
7950A Church Street, Gilroy, CA 95020                                Language: Vietnamese
Tel: (408) 842-6662                                                  Services: ESL, Citizenship classes for seniors.
Language: Spanish
Services: ESL, adult literacy and English
conversation.


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Vietnamese Voluntary Foundation (VIVO)

2260 Quimby Road, San Jose, CA 95122
Tel: (408) 532-7755
Language: Vietnamese
Services: ESL and citizenship classes, citizenship
application assistance.

West Valley College

14000 Fruitvale Avenue
Saratoga, CA 95070
Tel: (408) 867-2201
Services: Provides citizenship classes and ESL
classes.




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