Citizenship

Citizenship Services

The American Place’s Citizenship program includes citizenship education, interview preparation, and application assistance. Hartford Public Library  is recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Legal Access Program (OLAP) to offer legal advice by its attorneys and accredited representatives.  Due to limited capacity, our scope of legal service is currently restricted to Citizenship Application Completion and Green Card Renewals. As a not-for-profit organization, we are able to offer these services at no or low cost to the public. 

NOTE: Only Attorneys or OLAP Accredited Representatives can provide legal advice. Notary publics, businesses, notarios, tax services are NOT able to give immigration legal advice. Customers wishing to fill out online forms themselves are advised to visit the USCIS official website at www.uscis.govThe address must read www.uscis.gov  nd must end with .gov NEVER apply at www.uscis.com OR www.uscis.org  

To limit the spread of the Coronavirus staff are working remotely but are still available to help you complete your application and prepare for your Citizenship interview and civics test.  To receive assistance you must FIRST complete the form below.

Customer Information Form

Knowledge of English

The most common reason for applicants failing the Naturalization Interview is their lack of English skills. Applicants requesting assistance at The American Place must first demonstrate an intermediate level of proficiency in reading, writing, and spoken English by participating in an English language interview. Those clients whose English meets the required proficiency level may begin their application process and register for Citizenship class. Applicants needing further English support are recommended to attend the Library’s free English program. Please write five sentences describing your educational background

English Language Exemption

Applicants may be exempt from the English language requirements for citizenship if you are age 50 or older, and have lived in the U.S. for 20 years, OR, 55 or older and have lived in the U.S. for 15 years. Please respond to the questions below if you think you may be exempt.

Interview and Civics Test Preparation