Free citizenship classes

Learn the citizenship test questions, prepare for the interview, and improve your English speaking and reading skills.


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Literacy Pittsburgh can help you understand the requirements to become a U.S. citizen. There are different ways to obtain citizenship but the most common path is having a green card for 5 or more years and being over 18.

The first step to become a U.S. citizen is to complete an N400 application form and pay a fee. Once the review process is complete, you will be scheduled for a citizenship interview. Applicants 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.

Over the past ten years, more than 7.2 million people became naturalized U.S. citizens. This important milestone grants numerous rights and responsibilities.

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

At Literacy Pittsburgh, caring teachers and tutors will help you study for citizenship and guide you through the process. We offer citizenship classes online and in person. We will 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 for help completing the citizenship application if needed. 

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