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Community Resources: Naturalization

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

  • (800) 375-5283

Start here to begin the journey of naturalization.
 
Infographic of the U.S. naturalization process

Community-based Organizations

The Immigrant Connection 

The Immigrant Connection provides low-cost immigration legal services to the Grand Rapids area. An initial consultation lasts approximately 40 minutes and costs $45. Call or email to schedule an appointment.

Migrant Legal Aid

Provides farm workers advice and referrals; community education and training; civil legal assistance for employment, public benefits, unemployment, and housing.

Samaritas

Adjustment of status, petitions for relatives, consulting, citizenship, EAD’s for refugee clients.

Lemkin House

Shelter and support -- physical, legal, social and spiritual -- for those people in West Michigan who are seeking asylum in the U.S.

Justice for Our Neighbors

  • 207 E. Fulton St.
  • (616) 301-7461
  • Languages: Spanish; interpreters can be arranged as needed

Free legal services to low income immigrants; non-profit monthly immigration clinic held in Grand Rapids, Holland, and Traverse City.

Hispanic Center of West Michigan

Provides assistance with general immigration forms, processing and referrals. Advocacy services for access to local emergency support services. Communication with foreign consulates, statewide partner agency referrals and follow up, funeral arrangements in foreign countries, assistance in finding missing adults and children.

Immigration Legal Services: Diocese of Grand Rapids 

Immigration Legal Services (ILS) provides low-cost, legal representation in immigration matters to those in our community whose household income falls below 200% of the poverty line. 

ILS accepts new clients only after a consultation. Consultations are held at their office. Call for a consultation appointment. 

Thrive: Refugee Support Center

This program connects refugees to services they would otherwise not be able to access in addition to providing programs to fill in some of the gaps in services for this population.

Bethany Christian Services

Refugee foster care, employment, resettlement, along with ESL classes and cultural orientation classes. 

Legal Aid of Western Michigan

Languages: Spanish. Will arrange for translators for other languages.

Civil legal services: domestic violence, family law, disability, housing, public benefits, consumer law, Medicaid. No fees.

    Online N-400 Application Help

    Immigrant Legal Resource Center

    A step by step guide for helping those with the N-400, Application for Naturalization Form.

    USCIS: N-400

    These guides provide information on eligibility requirements and naturalization procedures, as well as form N-400. 

    M-476: A Guide to Naturalization

    A Guide to Naturalization (M-476) provides information on the benefits and responsibilities of citizenship, an overview of the naturalization process, eligibility requirements.

    Citizenship/ ESL Classes

    Grand Rapids Community College

    • Sneden Hall, DeVos Campus & Leslie Tassell M-TEC
    • (616) 234-3172

    Adult Education is offering citizenship classes sponsored by The WORD ESL and GRCC. The classes are available for anyone preparing for the U.S. Citizenship Exam.

    Refugee Education Center

    Provides ESL tutoring, as well as a place to socialize and strengthen community ties.

    Literacy Center of West Michigan

    Offer a variety of literacy programs for adults who read below a 9th grade level and/or who don’t speak English as their first language.

    Kent ISD

    ESL courses ranging from beginning to advanced, ESL instruction provides students with the opportunity to refine communication.

    Refugee Center Online

    This is an online class to prepare you for the US citizenship test. You can take this class on your phone or a computer. The class is self-paced, so you can learn anytime.

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

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