Citizenship and Naturalization
LitNet is currently enhancing and expanding its citizenship training program, thanks to a generous grant from the Matthew and Hannah Keator Family Foundation. The program will provide improved access to information and online study materials, offer specialized tutor training, and expand collaborations with other local agencies that serve the immigrant population. The cornerstone of this project is a new scholarship program, designed to defray the cost of the application process, which typically runs more than $700.
Before You Begin
Naturalization is a very important and complex process. We strongly recommend that any potential applicant seek the advice of an immigration attorney or an accredited legal representative before beginning the process.
- The Berkshire Immigrant Center (BIC) is accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals to provide legal representation and to make direct inquiries to USCIS on behalf of clients.
- BIC maintains an attorney referral list for easy reference.
Matthew and Hannah Keator Family Scholarship for New Americans
On February 1, 2019, LitNet launched the Matthew and Hannah Keator Family Scholarship for New Americans, Berkshire County’s first scholarship program to support immigrants in their pursuit of U.S. citizenship. Click here to read the full press release.
Applicants will be able to seek financial support in obtaining legal services during the screening and application process, as well as direct support to defray the cost of the federal naturalization application. Scholarship recipients will also be assigned a trained tutor from LitNet, who will work one-on-one with the applicant to prepare for the culmination of the naturalization process--the civics and literacy exams.
Scholarship aid will be awarded first come, first served. Approximately six scholarships will be granted each year. LitNet will begin accepting scholarships on February 1, 2019.
The U.S. citizenship exam is composed of two parts-- an English test and a civics test. The English portion covers speaking, reading and writing, and the civics portion includes questions about American history and government.
The government's office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the primary authority on all things relating to the naturalization process. Their website at www.uscis.gov, has extensive resources for both citizenship applicants and for educators who may be helping students to study for the exam.
LitNet has collected a variety of quality online resources for you to explore. Check out the links below!
REMEMBER: LitNet has citizenship books and flash cards in our book collections at both the Lee Library and BCC-South County Center. Stop in any time to pick them up!