1. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE AN APPOINTMENT

Call 646-664-9400 to make an appointment and learn about the citizenship eligibility requirements.

2. Gather all the documents you need to apply for citizenship

  • Green card and all passports used in the last five years
  • Home/school/employment history for the last five years (or three years if married to a U.S. citizen)
  • Children’s information (date of birth, A#, addresses)
  • Marital history (Information about your past spouses)
  • If you have been arrested, cited or given a ticket, you must your Certificate of disposition/MTA letter for each incident. Read about how to obtain certificates of disposition for each arrest in English and Spanish.

Note: Applicants must pay a $725 filing fee to USCIS unless they qualify for a fee waiver. Please do not bring cash or money orders to this event.

3. Get the documents you need for a fee waiver request

PUBLIC BENEFIT RECIPIENTS

If you receive any of the following public benefits, we will help you prepare a fee waiver request at our event:

  • SSI 
  • Medicaid
  • Essential Plan 1 or 2 
  • SNAP (food stamps) 
  • Cash Assistance 
  • Section 8 or Public Housing (Housing Choice Voucher Program)

Documents to bring to the event so that we can help you request a fee waiver:

Bring a copy of the award letter from the state or federal agency granting you the benefit. (For example, SSI award or budget letter). The letter must: 

  • Be in English 
  • Be on agency letterhead 
  • Be dated within the past six months 
  • List clearly  your name as one of the persons receiving the benefit and the last date you were approved to receive the benefit

How to get your award letter:

  • For SSI Award letter, call 1-800-772-1213 
  • For Medicaid (Proof of Medicaid Letter for Immigration), call (888) 692-6116 (Monday – Friday, 9 am to 5 pm) 
  • For Essential Plan 1 and 2, call 1-855-355-5777 
  • For SNAP (budget letter) or Cash Assistance, call (718) 722-8009. You will need your case number and zip code 
  • For Section 8 or Public Housing, call 718-707-7771

OTHER LOW-INCOME APPLICANTS

If you don’t receive public benefits but have low income, we will assess your eligibility for a fee waiver at the event if:

  • Your household income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines at the time you are filing, or 
  • You have a financial hardship situation that you want USCIS to consider.
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