Gateway to Citizenship Program

Your path to becoming a US Citizen

Citizenship is the common thread that connects all Americans. The Literacy Council’s free Gateway to Citizenship Program is a partnership with Aldea - The People’s Justice Center, funded by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), to offer permanent residents a path to citizenship. PROOF OF RESIDENCY REQUIRED.
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Applicant must be at least 18 years old.

Applicant must have been a lawful permanent resident (green card holder) of the United States for a continuous five-year period.

Applicant must be a person of good moral character — for example, one who has paid their taxes and not been convicted of a serious crime.

You may enroll in this program before the five-year period. It's never too early to start preparing!

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Classes are held 5 hours a week for 12 weeks.

Course Objectives

  • Students will speak, read, and write English at the high beginning ESL level.
  • Students will be able to answer 90 out of 100 civics questions.
  • Students will acquire knowledge about eligibility for naturalization, how to apply, and the interview process.
  • Students will be able to integrate civic participation skills via civic leader guest speakers and in-person or virtual field trips to various historical places.
  • Students will correctly read aloud interrogatory sentences derived from the USCIS vocabulary list.
  • Students will correctly write dictated declarative sentences derived from the USCIS writing vocabulary test.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the post-interview process, the logistics, and the requirements for the naturalization ceremony.
  • Students will acquire verbal skills to respond appropriately during the interview process pertaining to the N-400 information and civics test items and understand how to complete the N-400 with possible representation from Aldea.

Register for a class and begin your journey!

When people come to us, they’re committed to making a change, and they’re ready to do the work. We have helped thousands of adults reach their goals.

Your donation today creates a lifetime of opportunity.

Because of you, local parents, workers, and neighbors will gain vital reading, English language, and computer skills. They will earn a high school equivalency degree, get a job, enroll in college, help their children in school, and much more. With many people on our waiting list, your donation is urgently needed.
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