Naturalization Services

ORIA Naturalization Services Program Manager:

Raphael Ro
Raphael.Ro@dshs.wa.gov

Becoming a U.S. Citizen

Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is given to a legal immigrant after they fulfill the requirements established under the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Citizens have the right to vote, are free from the threat of deportation, can get assistance from the United States when traveling abroad, and can sponsor other family members to the United States. Citizenship may also make individuals eligible for federal public assistance programs, such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program food benefits, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families and Supplemental Security Income.

To become a U.S. citizen, an individual must learn basic U.S. history and civics, and pass a written or oral exam given by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service.

How We Can Help

The Naturalization program provides citizenship services to legal immigrants who receive public assistance through cash, medical or food assistance programs administered by DSHS. This includes immigrants who are barred from federal benefits because of their immigration status and who are eligible to naturalize or are within one year of being eligible to naturalize.

 

Services

Naturalization services include:

Special Message to SSI recipients who entered the United States on or after Aug. 22, 1996:

The federal Supplemental Security Income program pays benefits to blind or disabled adults, children and individuals 65 or older who have limited income and resources.

For refugee adults who entered the United States on or after Aug. 22, 1996, SSI benefits are limited to seven years, unless a person becomes a U.S. citizen.

Immigrant adults who entered the United States on or after Aug. 22, 1996, are also limited to seven years of SSI unless they can prove that they have worked in the United States for 10 years or if they become a U.S. citizen.

By becoming a citizen, an individual can maintain their SSI benefits and become eligible for a full range of other public benefits

  • Intake screening to check for issues that need to be resolved before submitting an application for naturalization.
  • Assistance with completing and submitting an application for naturalization (N400).
  • Payment of the required fee for naturalization application.
  • Payment of fingerprint fee when required.
  • Assistance completing fee waiver requests.
  • Training and instruction for the citizenship exam, including classes in American history and civics.
  • Interview preparation.
  • Assistance in obtaining test exemptions such as Medical Disability Exceptions and age and time in country when appropriate.

Eligibility

Individuals may be eligible for Naturalization services if they are legal permanent residents, who:

  1. Are Washington state residents.      
  2. Are 18 years old or older.
  3. Are recipients of Supplemental Security Income or other DSHS-administered state/federal funded cash, food or medical assistance, or were receiving such benefits at the time the participant began receiving naturalization services.
  4. Meet the eligibility criteria to apply for U.S. citizenship, including lawful permanent residence status (or are within one year of being eligible to naturalize).

Service Providers

If you think you may be eligible for naturalization services, please reach out to one of the providers below.

Organization

County

Phone

Website

Asian Counseling and Referral Services*

King

206-695-7600

https://acrs.org/

Catholic Immigration Legal Services*

King

206-725-2090

https://ccsww.org/get-help/specialized-services/refugee-immigration-serv...

City of Seattle

King

206-727-8515

newcitizencampaign.org

Diocese of Olympia**

King

206-323-3152

https://www.dioceserroseattle.org/

International Rescue Committee

King

206-623-2105

www.rescue.org/united-states/seattle-wa

Jewish Family Services

King

253-850-4065

https://www.jfsseattle.org/

Korean Women’s Association

Pierce

253-536-3020

 

www.kwacares.org

King

253-946-1995

 

Snohomish

425-742-6396

 

La Casa Hogar

Yakima

509-457-5058

www.lacasahogar.org

Lutheran Community Services Northwest

Clark

360-694-5624

www.lcsnw.org/office/vancouver

King

www.lcsnw.org/program/immigration-counseling-and-advocacy-program

Pierce

 

Literary Source*

King

206-782-2050

https://www.literacysource.org/

Manzanita House

Spokane

509-309-8404

https://www.manzanitahousespokane.org/

Multicultural Self-Sufficiency Movement

King*

253-584-5615

www.msm-wa.org

Pierce

Neighborhood House*

King

206-461-8430

https://nhwa.org/

Nuestra Casa

Yakima

509-839-7602

nuestracasawa.org

NW Immigrant Rights Project*

King

206-587-4009

www.nwirp.org

Refugee Federation Service Center

King

206-501-4102

www.rfsc.org

Refugee and Immigrant Services NW

Snohomish

425-388-9312

https://risnw.org/

Skagit

Whatcom

Refugee Women’s Alliance*

King

206-721-0243

https://www.rewa.org/

Sea Mar’s Citizenship Program*

King

206-764-4700

https://www.seamar.org/king-citizenship.html

St. James Immigration Assistance*

King

206-382-4511

https://www.stjames-cathedral.org/immigrant/

Ukrainian Community Center of WA

King*

425-430-8229

www.uccwa.us

Snohomish

World Relief Tri-Cities

Benton

509-734-5477

www.worldrelieftricities.org

*Subcontractor of the City of Seattle.

**Subcontractor of Refugee and Immigrant Services NW.