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Citizenship Classes

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New U.S. citizens gain the right to vote, hold public office and travel freely.

Over the past ten years, more than 7.2 million individuals became naturalized U.S. citizens.  This important milestone grants numerous rights and responsibilities. There are different ways to obtain U.S. citizenship. The most common path is by being a lawful permanent resident for at least five years.   

Literacy Pittsburgh can help you become a U.S. citizen. The first step toward becoming a citizen is to complete an application form and pay a fee. Once the review process is complete, applicants will be scheduled for an interview. They must demonstrate knowledge of U.S. history and government as well as the ability to read, write, and speak the English language. The final step is to take the  Oath of Allegiance  at a naturalization ceremony. 

Our teachers and tutors guide individuals through the process. We can help you understand what is required for the citizenship application, improve your English speaking and reading skills, prepare for the interview, and study for the citizenship test. We can also connect you to legal resources to help you complete your citizenship application if needed. 

For more information about the citizenship process, visit the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services website


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