Free, trusted citizenship help for California residents!
Are you interested in applying to become a U.S. citizen? Do you want to know if you qualify for a fee waiver for the $725 application fee? World Relief is a trusted nonprofit organization that has an attorney and trained staff to assist you in completing your forms.
If you are an income-eligible California resident, World Relief can:
● Answer your citizenship questions
● Help you complete your application
● Review your completed application
● Explain how to file
● Provide fee waiver information and help you complete the form
If you wish to determine your eligibility and whether you can file for free, please complete our brief online screening form here, or call 916-915-3171 to be screened by phone.
Online screening link: http://bit.ly/WRScitizenship
We highly recommend you read the following FAQ before getting started.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Who is World Relief Sacramento (WRS) and how can you provide free services?
WRS is a nonprofit organization that receives grant funding from the California Department of Social Services to help income-eligible California residents prepare and submit their naturalization applications for FREE.
Currently, because of the coronavirus, our physical office is closed for in-person appointments and all services must be provided remotely. This means that even though we are in Sacramento, we can serve you anywhere in California if you qualify based on your income.
HOW DO YOU PROVIDE SERVICES?
We have two ways to serve clients--Express Service and Guided Service:
- Express Service: For applicants who are computer-literate and English fluent. You will use the online secure service Citizenshipworks to create an account and work through a guided questionnaire on your own schedule and on your computer or smartphone. Once you have completed your form, our staff will review your application and help you submit it to USCIS.
- Guided Service: For applicants who are not very good with computers and who struggle with English and are willing to have the process move more slowly to get extra help. You will be emailed questionnaires that you must complete (electronically or print and complete by hand) and send back to us. We will work with you to prepare your forms and help you submit them to USCIS.
You can select the service type that makes sense for you when you complete our screening process.
Is the information I submit secure?
Your information is private and protected. It will not be shared with anyone without your permission. World Relief Sacramento is not government-affiliated and does not work with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Do I have to mail my citizenship application to USCIS?
After you complete your application, you must submit it to USCIS to apply. WRS will not submit your application for you. WRS does not share any information about your application with USCIS.
How does the process work?
Once your screening is completed and you work with us to complete your forms, we can schedule a time to do a final review your application together via video chat using the app Join.Me. If you get stuck as you complete your application, you can reach out to our office and we can address any questions. Also, if you are unable to afford the USCIS application filing fee at this time, we can discuss your situation to determine whether you are eligible for a fee waiver for the filing fee.
What are the citizenship eligibility requirements?
- Be at least 18 years old at the time of filing the naturalization application
- Be a legal permanent resident (have a “Green Card”) for at least 5 years, unless you are married to a U.S. citizen, in which case it is at least three years
- Have lived for at least 3 months in the state or USCIS district where you will apply
- Demonstrate continuous residence in the United States for at least 5 years immediately preceding the date of filing Form N-400 (or 3 years, if married to a U.S. citizen)
- Show that you have been physically present in the United States for at least 30 months out of the 5 years immediately preceding the date of filing your application (or 18 months, if married to a U.S. citizen)
- Be able to read, write, and speak basic English
- Have a basic understanding of U.S. history and government
- Be a person of good moral character
- Demonstrate an attachment to the principles and ideals of the U.S. Constitution
Why should I try to apply for citizenship now when coronavirus is complicating everything?
- Because USCIS paused naturalization interviews because of coronavirus, there will be a significant backlog in the processing of future cases. Applying now will mean you won’t face as significant of a wait when having your case processed.
- Many people qualify for complete fee waivers (meaning you pay no government application fee), or a reduced fee (meaning you pay a $465 fee). If you receive a means-tested public benefit like Medi-Cal, CalWorks, or CalFresh, qualifying for a full application fee waiver is currently easy. The Trump Administration has proposed eliminating fee waivers and reduced fee applications entirely, meaning everyone would have to pay the full fee.
- The current full application fee to apply for naturalization is $725 and the Trump Administration has published draft regulations to increase this fee to $1,265. It is unclear if and when these changes might go into effect.
I’ve been arrested or detained by police or immigration before. Can I apply?
Some criminal offenses can prevent you from becoming a citizen and might lead to your green card being canceled. We discuss criminal history as a part of the screening process and can give advice about whether to proceed.
What if I have other questions?
Call 916-915-3171 to have them answered.