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OVERVIEW

Naturalization is the process of becoming a U.S. citizen through U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Eligible applicants must be 18 years or older and have lived legally in the U.S. for 5 or more years. There are many benefits to becoming a citizen:

  • All children under 18 years old will automatically become U.S. citizens
  • Relatives living overseas will be given higher priority to legally immigrate to the U.S.
  • Ability to travel with a U.S. passport and have the protection of the U.S. while overseas
  • Eligible to vote in State and Federal elections
  • Eligible for more student aid
  • Eligible for more jobs

New U.S. citizens will be asked to renounce their allegiance to other countries and take an oath supporting the U.S. Constitution. All males 18 to 25 will be required to register with the selective service. Selective service is a U.S. system where males sign up with the military and will be asked to join only if the country faces a national crisis and institutes a draft. All male citizens sign up for the selective service when they turn 18.

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BECOMING A U.S. CITIZEN

Step 1: File an Application for Naturalization (Form N-400).

  1. Download at www.uscis.gov/n-400.
  2. Mail to: USCIS
    P.O. Box 660060
    Dallas, TX 75266
  3. Send the appropriate fees via money order, personal check, or cashier’s check.
  4. Note: Some people may qualify for free forms and services if they have low income, a financial hardship, or are receiving benefits (such as food stamps). Visit www.uscis.gov/feewaiver for more information.

Step 2: Get fingerprinted.

  1. USCIS will send a letter explaining where and when to go.
  2. Bring USCIS letter, Permanent Resident Card, and photo ID (examples: driver’s license, passport, state issued ID).

Step 3: Go to the interview.

  1. USCIS will send a letter explaining where and when to go.
  2. Bring USCIS letter, Permanent Resident or Alien Registration Card, passport (even if it is expired), state issued photo ID, any re-entry permits, and any other documents the letter instructs.

Step 4: Take the English and Civics test at the interview.

Step 5: Take the Oath.

  1. Some USCIS offices will conduct the Oath the same day as the interview and test. If not, USCIS will send a letter explaining where and when to go.

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REGISTER TO VOTE

To be eligible to vote in Georgia you must be:

  • A citizen of the United States
  • A legal resident of Georgia and of the county in which you wish to vote
  • At least 18 years of age by Election Day
  • Not serving any sentence imposed by the conviction of a felony
  • Not judicially determined to be mentally incompetent

It takes about 3-5 weeks to get your registration card and be registered to vote. You can register online at https://registertovote.sos.ga.gov/.

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USCIS SERVICES

USCIS Website
www.uscis.gov

USCIS Georgia Field Office
Appointment required; common interview location.
2150 Parklake Drive NE, Atlanta 30345

Guide to Becoming a Citizen
www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/article/M-476.pdf

Instructions for Application for Naturalization
www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/form/n-400instr.pdf

Application for Naturalization (Form N-400)
www.uscis.gov/n-400

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LEGAL SERVICES

American Immigration Lawyers Association
Lists local immigration lawyers that are licensed and in good standing. Lawyers must pay to be listed, so the list is incomplete.
www.aila.org/

Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ)
Provides an immigration hotline for legal questions about immigration or citizenship. The hotline is available in English, Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Spanish.
www.advancingjustice-atlanta.org/

Catholic Charities Atlanta
Provides USCIS approved assistance with citizenship applications.
2305 Parklake Drive, Suite 150, Atlanta 30345
678-222-3920
www.catholiccharitiesatlanta.org

International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Provides low cost representation and assistance with citizenship cases.
2305 Parklake Drive, Suite 100, Atlanta 30345
404-292-7731
www.rescue.org/us-program/us-atlanta-ga

New American Pathways
Provides legal assistance and representation for people applying for citizenship.
2300 Henderson Mill Road NE, Suite 100, Atlanta 30345
404-299-6099
www.newamericanpathways.org

USCIS Website
Official website for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
www.uscis.gov

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CITIZENSHIP TEST PREP SERVICES

Angkor Resource Center, Inc. (ARC)
Provides free English literacy and citizenship preparation courses and a low-cost immigration clinic.
640 Highway 138 SW, Riverdale 30274
404-585-8446
www.arc707.org/

Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ)
Provides ESL and Citizenship classes taught by an experienced legal and BIA-accredited staff.
P.O. Box 922021, Norcross 30010
404-988-0428
www.advancingjustice-atlanta.org/

Catholic Charities Atlanta
Provides USCIS approved citizenship test prep classes.
2305 Parklake Drive NE, Building 9 Suite 150, Atlanta 30345
678-222-3920
www.catholiccharitiesatlanta.org

Center for Pan Asian Community Services (CPACS)
Provides Civics test preparation classes. Basic English skills required.
3510 Shallowford Road NE, Atlanta 30341
770-936-0969
www.icpacs.org

DeKalb County Public Library
Occasionally offers free test preparation classes.
www.dekalblibrary.org

International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Provides free citizenship classes designed to prepare for the USCIS interview. Students must have a green card. Childcare provided.
2305 Parklake Drive, Suite 100, Atlanta 30345
404-292-7731
www.rescue.org/us-program/us-atlanta-ga

LINCS
Lists local USCIS approved test preparation and ESL services.
www.literacydirectory.org

Literacy Action
Provides citizenship test preparation services.
246 Sycamore Street, Suite 110, Decatur 30030
100 Edgewood Avenue NE, Suite 650, Atlanta 30303
404-377-7323 (Decatur) or 404-818-7323 (Atlanta)
www.literacyaction.org

Lutheran Services of Georgia (LSG)
Provides small group classes to prepare for the History and Civics portion of the exam. Intermediate English skills required.
100 Edgewood Avenue, Suite 1800, Atlanta 30303
678-686-9625
www.lsga.org

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VOTING SERVICES

DeKalb County Election Supervisor
Memorial Drive Complex
4380 Memorial Drive, Suite 300
Decatur 30021
404-298-4020
Learn more about voting in DeKalb County at http://web.co.dekalb.ga.us/Voter/VoterInformation.html.

Georgia My Voter Page (MVP)
Online voter registration for Georgia residents. Also provides information including voter registration status, applications for mail-in voting, voting application status, early voting and poll locations, and sample ballots.
www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do

New American Pathways
Provides voter registration.
2300 Henderson Mill Rd NE, Suite 100, Atlanta 30345
404-299-6099
www.newamericanpathways.org/



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