Citizenship Classes

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Over one million immigrants arrive in the United States each year, and many need assistance navigating the naturalization process. Our team of Department of Justice (D.O.J.) Accredited Immigration Specialists and trained instructors have partnered with the Pierce County Library System to host Citizenship Classes to prepare you for your citizenship interview and civics exam.

Citizenship Classes run weekday evenings and Saturday mornings in several locations around the Puget Sound. Over the course of 10-11 weeks, trained instructors and Tacoma Community House volunteers will help you study:

  • 100 questions and answers for the naturalization exam
  • Interview format and interview skills
  • Fundamentals of American history
  • Required reading and writing vocabulary
  • Foundations of democracy and the electoral process

Basic Eligibility Requirements*

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have been a lawful permanent resident for the past 5 years (3 if married to a U.S. Citizen)
  • Have been living in the U.S. for 2.5 of the past 5 years (1.5 if married to a U.S. Citizen)
  • Have not been outside of the U.S. for one year or more
  • Be a person of good moral character
  • Can read, write, and speak basic English

*Other eligibility factors and conditions apply. More details provided when you attend an information session.

Cost (Free)

All citizenship services—including citizenship education and application preparation assistance—are FREE to all members of the community. Free services are made possible by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Grant Number 18CICET00056-01-00: FY2018 Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program: Citizenship Instruction and Naturalization Services Program.

How to Enroll

Those who are interested in Citizenship Classes must attend an information session at Tacoma Community House (1314 S. L Street, Tacoma, WA) to determine eligibility.


Yana Cosme, Immigration Services Manager (D.O.J. Accredited)

If you do not wish to attend Citizenship Classes but still need assistance completing your naturalization paperwork, please call (253) 383-3951 to schedule a one-on-one appointment with a D.O.J. Accredited Immigration Specialist.