U.S. Citizenship


The Value of U.S. Citizenship
The United States has a long history of welcoming immigrants from all parts of the world.  America values the contributions of immigrants who continue to enrich this country and preserve its legacy as a land of freedom and opportunity.

Deciding to become a U.S. citizen is one of the most important decisions in an individual’s life.  If you decide to apply to become a U.S. citizen, you will be showing your commitment to the United States and your loyalty to its Constitution.  In return, you are rewarded with all the rights and privileges that are part of U.S. citizenship.

If you meet certain requirements,
you may become a U.S. citizen, either at birth or after birth.

To become a citizen at birth, you must:
  • Have been born in the United States or certain territories or outlying possessions of the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction of the United States; OR
  • had a parent or parents who were citizens at the time of your birth (if you were born abroad) and meet other requirements
To become a citizen after birth, you must:
  • Apply for “derived” or “acquired” citizenship through parents
  • Apply for naturalization
The Naturalization Test
Most naturalization applicants are required to take a test on:
  • English
  • Civics (U.S. history and government)
Resources will be provided to help you prepare.

Citizenship for Military Members and Dependents
Members and veterans of the U.S. armed forces and their dependents may be eligible for special naturalization provisions.    (Source:  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, https://www.uscis.gov/us-citizenship
Local Organizations
Additional Resources

Origin Church
5115 S. Freya
Spokane, WA  99223
Every Thursday, 6 - 8 pm
Contact: Sarita McReynolds
(509) 863-9377
This U.S. Citizenship class is a 12-week course.
The class is free, but there is a $20 fee for the workbook.
Anyone who wants to study for citizenship is welcome to attend.
Teachers are bi-lingual; but you must have minimal English, because the test is in English.