Are you, or someone you know, applying to become a U.S. citizen? Here are some resources to help you:
Citizenship, Immigration & Refugee Agencies and Information Websites
This list covers free library tools and local agencies that can help.
Free Library resources to help you study to become a U.S. citizen
Prepare for the Civics, Reading, and Writing portions of the Naturalization Test using a serious of 100 informative videos, practice exercises and other tools. All you need is your library card. Don't have a card? Get a card online!
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Includes U.S. Citizenship Test Preparation Guide and U.S. Citizenship Practice Tests. Click on SkillSurfer, then on Adult Learner Resources to get free access with your library card.
Available in English and Spanish.
Changes to the naturalization civics test
There have been some changes to the naturalization civics test, which applicants take when they apply for U.S. citizenship. Applicants who take the test on or after December 1, 2020 will take the updated test. Applicants who take the test before December 1, 2020 will take the current version of the test.
The main changes are:
- There will be more questions on the revised naturalization test.
- Applicants will have to answer 12 out of 20 questions correctly, with a passing score of at least 60%.
Fees: It currently costs $725 to apply to become a U.S. citizen.
It is a good idea to apply right away, because the price will increase to $1170 in the near future. Currently, it is possible to apply for a fee waiver, but once the new price increase goes into effect, fee waivers will be paused and will no longer be available.
Also, USCIS says the option to request a reduced fee of $320 using Form I-942 will be eliminated. The price increase was supposed to go into effect on October 2, 2020, but the decision is currently hung up in the court system.
If you aren’t eligible for a fee waiver, you can apply for a 0% loan for a year at Prestamos CDFI: Citizenship Application Loans
Mexican citizens can also apply for financial assistance for citizenship fees at the Mexican Consulate, 3915 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85711, (520) 882-5595
Would you like to take free online citizenship classes? Pima College Adult Basic Education for College and Career is offering citizenship classes online.
You will need a phone, tablet or laptop, and a good internet connection. The schedule is:
- Wednesdays, 11:15 am–12:45 pm & 6–7 pm
- Fridays, 1–2:30 pm & 6–7:30 pm
Call 520-206-3737 to register.