For many aspiring citizens, the path to citizenship is long, expensive, and complicated. Our program was launched to address this need and assist the 70,000 permanent Tennessee residents with the naturalization process, as well as engage new citizens in the community. We assist eligible individuals to become citizens through our application assistance workshops, where you get one-on-one attention from volunteers and attorneys who help them complete the paperwork. During this process, you are also screened for a fee waiver.
Our service delivery model empowers immigrant communities. We do more than help families fill out their application; we fully engage the community to increase the number of people who apply for citizenship. We help people understand the benefits of citizenship, make low-income communities aware that they might be eligible for a fee waiver, provide low-cost application assistance, and encourage civic participation through our civic engagement programs.
Click here to see the calendar for appointments and volunteer opportunities. For more information, call (615) 414.1030.
To become a U.S. citizen, you must:
- Be at least 18 years old at the time of filing the application for naturalization called the N-400 form
- Be a permanent resident for at least 5 years
- Have lived continuously in the United States for at least 5 years
- Have been present in the United States for at least 30 months out of the immediately preceding 5 years
- Have lived for at least 3 months in the state where you apply
- 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
- Take an oath of allegiance to the United States