How to qualify and get help to apply for US citizenship
Applying for naturalization, or US citizenship, is an important step for US permanent residents. US citizens have legal rights, including the right to vote, to obtain a US passport, and to sponsor a relative for immigration benefits. There are many legal service organizations in the Twin Cities area that provide information and legal representation for those who are interested in learning more about how to apply for US citizenship.
- International Institute of Minnesota
- Mid Minnesota Legal Aid
- Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota
- Hennepin County Office of Multicultural Services
- Volunteer Lawyers Network
Citizenship Day information session
Watch the 2020 Citizenship Day information session.
Civics test news
On Dec. 1, 2020, USCIS issued a revised naturalization civics test (2020 civics test) as part of a regular update process, but on March 1, 2021, USCIS decided to revert to the old, 2008 version of the civics test after it determined that the new test could create barriers to the naturalization process. This action is consistent with the framework of President Joe Biden's Executive Order on Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems.
If you filed your citizenship application between Dec. 1, 2020 - March 1, 2021, with an interview before April 19, 2021, you have the choice to take either version of the civics test.
After April 19, only the easier, 2008 version of the citizenship test will be used.