Depending on your situation, you may be eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship, also known as naturalization. A detailed list of basic requirements to become a U.S. citizen can be found on our Eligibility page.

There are many reasons that people decide to become U.S. citizens, but one of the most important is that becoming a U.S. citizen allows you to vote and influence the direction of the country. Another reason to become a U.S. citizen is because the naturalization of a parent may allow a child under 18 years old who has a green card to become a U.S. citizen automatically. Other reasons people naturalize are to make travel easier, make it possible to bring more family members to the U.S., be able to work in jobs that require U.S. citizenship and live without fear of possible deportation.

Yes, you can apply for citizenship 90 days before having your green card for 5 years or 3 years if you’re married to a U.S. citizen.

USCIS biometric services are for taking fingerprints and photos. USCIS biometric services are in a separate office.Learn more at https://www.uscis.gov/forms/forms-information/preparing-your-biometric-services-appointment

Check out our calendar of events to view a list of upcoming large, group processing workshops as well as upcoming dates for smaller, computer-based workshops. You can also email us at info@sfcitizenship.org for additional questions or information.

If you are attending one of our large group processing workshops, you don’t have to sign up! Just arrive at the designated workshop location before 12:30pm, when registration closes. If you meet the eligibility requirements, you will be registered and begin the workshop process. Arrive early to avoid long waits, as these workshops have a high turnout rate and participants are helped on a first-come first-served basis.
If you are interesting in attending one of our smaller library workshops, visit the Library Workshop page to learn more about how to register.

We encourage you to review the edibility requirement here. These workshops are intended for applicants who are ready for immediate filing – if you need help, please schedule an appointment with our immigration service provider partner organizations.

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No. Our workshop policy requires that the individual applying for citizenship is physically present at our workshop.

Yes! We recommend arriving early and prepared with the necessary documents and information.

Your participant packet, which is used exclusively at our workshops,, is retained by nonprofit partners, kept confidential, and used to measure impact and conduct follow up with participants. We keep your contact information so we can contact you, should you leave any important documents or items behind at our workshop.

No. In fact, you may qualify for other forms of financial support for your application. We will walk you through your options at the workshop. Otherwise, it is your responsibility to submit your application with a check or money order to USCIS.

This is why you should send certified, secure mail with delivery confirmation so you can track your application. If you haven’t heard back, please contact USCIS national customer service line at 1 (800) 375-5283.