Citizenship

Citizenship clinic Mar2016Your life is in the U.S. Why not make the most of it? Find out today if you’re eligible to become a U.S. citizen!

Becoming a U.S. citizen brings important advantages, including the ability to confer citizenship on minor children and sponsor family members for immigration, unrestricted travel abroad, and the ability to vote and fully participate in civic life, among others.

More than half the foreign-born residents of Massachusetts are U.S. citizens, and many more are eligible for naturalization. Working with local and national partners, the MIRA Coalition makes the citizenship process more accessible to immigrants across the Commonwealth through our citizenship clinics – group processing sessions that offer free legal assistance for eligible legal permanent residents who want to become citizens.

We have also compiled a list of agencies all across Massachusetts that provide citizenship assistance, English and civics classes, and other valuable services.

You can start with an overview of the citizenship process.

El proceso de naturalización

¿Está listo para hacerse ciudadano de E.E.U.U.? Aquí le explicamos el proceso.

La ciudadanía de E.E.U.U. le otorga importantes ventajas, incluyendo la posibilidad de extenderle la ciudadanía a sus hijos menores de edad y de auspiciar la inmigración de otros miembros de su familia. También puede viajar fuera del país sin restricciones, votar, y participar completamente en la vida cívica del país.

Más de la mitad de los residentes de Massachusetts que nacieron en el extranjero ya se han hecho ciudadanos, y muchos más son elegibles para la naturalización. La Coalición MIRA trabaja con socios locales y nacionales para facilitarle el proceso a los inmigrantes en todo el estado. Ofrecemos clínicas gratuitas donde ofrecemos ayuda legal, y también tenemos una lista de agencias que ofrecen servicios legales, clases de inglés y de cívica, y otros servicios para ayudarle con su naturalización.

Read more: El proceso de naturalización 

MIRA citizenship clinics

Want us to help you with your citizenship application? Learn more about our process.

We’ll guide you through the naturalization form, step by step, including a waiver for the federal fees if you qualify. When you attend a clinic, you will join 20–40 other individuals who are also applying for citizenship. Our Citizenship Team works together with a group of trained volunteers to go through the N-400 Application for Naturalization with you one-on-one.

At a clinic you will go through four stations:
      1) Check-in and registration
      2) Screening for eligibility
      3) Completing the application
      4) Quality control.

The whole process takes between two and three hours. We will keep a copy of your documents in our office, and receive U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) notices about your citizenship appointments.

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We look forward to assisting you!


Are you ready to become a U.S. citizen? Call 617-350-5480 x200 to register for a clinic!


Upcoming citizenship clinics:

We have no more clinics scheduled this summer. Please check back in September for an updated clinic schedule.

For those who have already registered:

* CLIENTS, please arrive anytime between 10 am and noon. You should allow up to 3 hours to complete the process.

* VOLUNTEERS, please arrive at 9:30 am and expect to stay until 3:30 pm (at the latest).

N-400 Training Dates

Note: Volunteers should register for a training when they register to volunteer for a clinic; they can attend a training up to one month in advance before the clinic.

We have no more clinics scheduled this summer. Please check back in September for an updated clinic schedule.

Quality control training dates

Want to gain confidence, learn more and take on more responsibility at our citizenship clinics? Please note that this training is only for those volunteers who have already attended a clinic and have experience completing N-400s.

No trainings are scheduled at this time; please check back later! 

Citizenship service providers

Are you ready to become a U.S. citizen? The agencies below provide citizenship classes and other services to help qualified applicants. Click here to learn more about the process.

Greater Boston

Organization

Services/activities

Agencia ALPHA
(CLJ Social Transformation Center)
62 Northampton St., Boston, MA 02118

617-522-6382

Beginner and intermediate citizenship classes
Citizenship application assistance includes N-00, N-600, N-648 disability and I-912 fee waiver; interview and test preparation, and support services at two sites: Boston and East Boston

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
885 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02111

617-635-5129

ESOL classes
Assistance filling out citizenship applications

Cape Verdean Community UNIDO
492 Dudley St.
Roxbury, MA 02199

617-442-6644

Weekly orientation and ESOL classes
Citizenship classes
Workshops and voter registration efforts
Creole classes

East Boston Ecumenical Community Council (EBECC)
50 Meridian St., Suite. B-1
East Boston, MA 02128

617-567-2750

ESOL/civics classes with pre- and post-test
Citizenship application assistance including N-648,N-400, fee waiver, interview and test preparation, as well as support services

Haitian American Public Health Initiatives (HAPHI)
1603 Blue Hill Ave. PO Box 260386
Mattapan, MA 02126

617-298-8076

Beginner-level ESOL/civics classes
Citizenship application assistance includes N-648, N-400, fee waiver, interview and test preparation
Referral to legal services

Irish International Immigrant Center
100 Franklin St., LL-1
Boston, MA 02110

617-542-7654

Beginner and intermediate ESOL/civics classes
Free Consultation with Immigration Lawyer
Help with family-based permanent residence
Family reunification through visa petitions and consular processing
Green card applications for asylees and refugees
Petitions for asylee and refugee relatives
Naturalization Temporary Protected Status applications
Renewal of permanent residence cards
Violence Against Women Act petitions
Provisional waivers
Citizenship application assistance includes N-648, N-400, fee waiver, interview and test preparation and support services

International Institute of New England
1 Milk St.
Boston, MA 02109

617-695-9990

Citizenship exam preparation and naturalization application help

Sites in Boston, Lowell, Lynn

Jewish Vocational Services
29 Winter St., Suite 500
Boston, MA 02108

617-399-3223

ESOL
Green Card Renewal
EAD application
Preparation for the Citizenship Interview and Test
N-400 application assistance
N-600 application assistance

Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS)
1046 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02139

617-825-5897

ESOL/civics classes
Citizenship application assistance includes N-648, N-400, fee waiver, interview and test preparation

Sites in Cambridge, Dorchester, Somerville, Brighton, Framingham, Lowell

Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition
105 Chauncy St., #901
Boston, MA 02111

617-350-5480

Technical Assistance to CNAP providers
Citizenship application assistance includes N-648, N-400, fee waiver

Project Citizenship
4 Faneuil South Market Building
3rd Floor, Suite 4025
Boston, MA 02109

617-694-5949

Provide free, high quality services to legal permanent residents to help them become U.S citizens
Free workshops, eligibility screening, application assistance, legal referrals and all materials needed to apply for U.S. citizenship

Somali Development Center
203-205 Green St
Jamaica Plain 02130

617-522-0700

ESOL classes
Citizenship application assistance includes N-648, N-400, N-600, fee waiver, interview and test preparation and other vital support services

Vietnamese-American Civic Association, Inc.
1452 Dorchester Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02122

617-288-7344

Immigration services: Renewal of permanent resident status, removal of conditional green card, petition for family member, citizenship application

Read more: Citizenship service providers