The Immigrant Welcome Center recognizes the importance of diversity and multiculturalism which is why we’re here to help eligible Green Card Holders apply to become citizens. The well-being and contributions of immigrants are an integral part of America’s future, and we’re here to guide you step-by-step throughout all stages of your naturalization journey. Don’t wait, apply for citizenship today! Contact us for assistance.
This work is made possible by a grant from the National Partnership for New Americans and a generous gift from Deborah Joy Simon.
Naturalization with our Support
Naturalization is the way that a person not born in the United States voluntarily becomes a U.S. citizen. Are you thinking about applying for naturalization? Learn about the general 10 steps to naturalization Here.
The Immigration Welcome Center is dedicated to providing services and engaging in Indianapolis’ diverse immigrants and refugee community. We believe if all Indianapolis residents feel empowered and valued, it will result in more new businesses stabilizing our local economy, a flourishing arts community, new voices and leadership at community meetings, and creative approaches to addressing our city’s challenges. Through our many resources we are here to help you through the process of becoming a legal naturalized citizen.
Before you apply, you must meet a few requirements. Depending on your situation, different requirements may apply to you.
General Eligibility Requirements
Be at least 18 years old at the time you file Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.
Be a permanent resident (have a “Green Card”) for at least 5 years.
Demonstrate continuous residence in the United States for at least 5 years immediately before the date you file Form N-400.
Show that you have been physically present in the United States for at least 30 months out of the 5 years immediately before the date you file Form N-400.
Show that you have lived for at least 3 months in the state or USCIS district where you apply. Students may apply for naturalization either where they go to school or where their family lives (if they are still financially dependent on their parents).
Be a person of good moral character.
Demonstrate an attachment to the principles and ideals of the U.S. Constitution.
Be able to read, write, and speak basic English
Have a basic understanding of U.S. history and government (civics).
Take an oath of allegiance to the United States.
Benefits of Naturalization
Only citizens can vote in federal elections. Most states also restrict the right to vote, in most elections, to U.S. citizens.
Serve on a jury
Only U.S. citizens can serve on a federal jury. Most states also restrict jury service to U.S. citizens. Serving on a jury is an important responsibility for U.S. citizens.
Travel with a U.S. Passport
A U.S. passport enables you to get assistance from the U.S. government when overseas, if necessary.
Bring family members to the U.S
U.S. citizens generally get priority when petitioning to bring family members permanently to this country.
Obtain citizenshhip for children under 18 years of age
In most cases, a child born abroad to a U.S. citizen is automatically a U.S. citizen.
Apply for federal jobs
Certain jobs with government agencies require U.S. citizenship.
Become an elected official
Only citizens can run for federal office (U.S. Senate or House of Representatives) and for most state and local offices.
Keep your residency and prevent deportation
A U.S. citizen’s right to remain in the United States cannot be taken away.
Become elegible for federal grants and scholarships
Many financial aid grants, including college scholarships and funds given by the government for specific purposes, are available only to U.S. citizens.
Obtain government benefits
Some government benefits are available only to U.S. citizens.
The sense of security that comes with American citizenship and a commitment to one’s adopted home can lead to increased productivity and long-term investments in the receiving country, such as buying a house or opening up a business.
Naturalization Ceremonies are when individuals from all around the world come together and are welcomed as new citizens as they take the oath of citizenship. After you take the oath, you will hear a congratulatory speech welcoming you as full-fledged U.S. citizens. You will also receive your naturalization certificate. This is a great opportunity to celebrate with friends, family, and others that have gone through this journey of becoming a naturalized legal citizen.
“I am the only non-US citizen in my family. Today that’s going to change.” – Clairemene Marcelin
We would like to give a special thanks to our partners who allows us the opportunity to bridge the gap of community in Indiana. Our mission would not be possible without the following organizations:
“Apply for Citizenship.” USCIS, https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/learners/apply-citizenship.
“Should I Consider U.S. Citizenship?” USCIS, https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/learners/should-i-consider-us-citizenship.
“Naturalization Ceremonies.” United States Courts, https://www.uscourts.gov/about-federal-courts/educational-resources/annual-observances/naturalization-ceremonies.