Immigrant Information Corners
Immigrants can find useful information at this website and at libraries and community centers around Boston.
Immigrant Information Corners are resource centers in Boston Public Libraries, Boston Centers for Youth and Families, and YMCAs. They have materials in different languages with information about citizenship, financial empowerment, and public and community resources. The City also hosts events for the immigrant community at these locations.
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40 Academy Hill Road, Brighton, MA 02135
419 Faneuil Street, Brighton, MA 02135
300 North Harvard Street, Allston, MA 02134
500 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA 02134
690 Adams Street, Dorchester, MA 02122
690 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA 02124
1520 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02122
41 Geneva Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02121
27 Richmond Street, Dorchester, MA 02124
500 Columbia Road, Dorchester, MA 02125
776 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA 02124
365 Bremen Street, East Boston, MA 02128
215 Bremen Street, East Boston, MA 02128
433 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
20 South Street, Boston, MA 02130
1350 Blue Hill Avenue, Mattapan, MA 02126
100 Hebron Street, Boston, MA 02126
65 Warren Street, Roxbury, MA 02119
2044 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury, MA 02119
1497 Tremont Street, Roxbury, MA 02120
U.S. Citizenship And Naturalization Process
Becoming a U.S. citizen is a very important decision. Permanent residents have most of the rights of U.S. citizens. However, there are many important reasons to consider U.S. citizenship. When you become a citizen, you will receive all the rights of citizenship. You also accept all of the responsibilities of being an American. As a citizen you can:
- Vote. Only citizens can vote in federal elections. Most states also restrict the right to vote — in most elections — to U.S. citizens.
- Serve on a jury. Only U.S. citizens can serve on a federal jury. Most states also restrict jury service to U.S. citizens. Serving on a jury is an important responsibility for U.S. citizens.
- Travel with a U.S. passport. A U.S. passport enables you to get help from the U.S. government when overseas, if necessary.
- Bring family members to the U.S. U.S. citizens generally get priority when petitioning to bring family members permanently to this country.
- Obtain citizenship for children under 18 years of age. In most cases, a child born abroad to a U.S. citizen is automatically a U.S. citizen.
- Apply for federal jobs. Certain jobs with government agencies require U.S. citizenship.
- Become an elected official. Only citizens can run for federal office (U.S. Senate or House of Representatives) and for most state and local offices.
- Keep your residency. A U.S. citizen’s right to remain in the United States cannot be taken away.
- Become eligible for federal grants and scholarships. Many financial aid grants, including college scholarships and funds given by the government for specific purposes, are available only to U.S. citizens.
- Obtain government benefits. Some government benefits are available only to U.S. citizens.
Before you apply for naturalization, you must meet a few requirements. Depending on your situation, there are different requirements that may apply to you. However, generally, an applicant for naturalization must:
- Be at least 18 years old at the time of filing Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.
- Be a permanent resident (have a “green card”) for at least five years.
- Have lived within the state or USCIS district with jurisdiction over your place of residence for at least three months prior to the date of filing Form N-400.
- Have continuous residence in the United States as a lawful permanent resident for at least five years immediately preceding the date of filing Form N-400.
- Be physically present in the United States for at least 30 months out of the five years immediately preceding the date of filing Form N-400.
- Be able to read, write, and speak basic English.
- Have a basic understanding of U.S. history and government (civics).
- Be a person of good moral character.
- Demonstrate an attachment to the principles and ideals of the U.S. Constitution.
Find information about naturalization and the citizenship application process.
There’s also a list of resources from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services available in Spanish. Please see Recursos para la naturalización.
Understand the process of becoming a U.S. citizen.
Identify the steps needed to apply for citizenship.
Prepare for the naturalization interview and test.
Learn about important citizenship rights and responsibilities.
Find citizenship classes in Boston and get help with naturalization.
Look up citizenship service providers close to you in Boston.
Get immigration assistance in the Boston area.
Read USCIS immigration guides available in various languages.
Learn about Project Citizenship, which provides free citizenship resources.
Get information about ICE worksite raids, home visits, and public stops.
Find scholarships for high school, college, and graduate students.