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Hartford Public Library Provides FREE Citizenship Classes and Application Assistance. 

How do I find out if I qualify for Citizenship? 

How do I get help with my application?  

  • Visit Hartford Public Library The American Place (500 Main Street) for an initial assessment of your knowledge of English, and to receive a general overview of basic Citizenship qualifications and required documents. Upon collecting ALL required documents you will be scheduled for your cost-free consultation with a legal representative. (Print/View document checklist)  
  • Phone (860) 695-6337 or (860) 695-6354 or Email  

What are the filing fees for the Citizenship Application (N 400) Form?

  • The filing fee is $680

Can I waive the filing fee? 

  • Possibly. Your eligibility for a fee waiver depends on your income(below 150% of poverty guidelines)  and / or level of benefits which may include: SNAP, Section 8, cash assistance. WIC, Section 8 and Medicaid.  You must include a Budget Sheet from the CT Dept. of Social Services in your application to verify your benefits and to be considered for a fee waiver.  

I can understand and speak English fluently but I can't read or write in English. Am I eligible for the English Language Waiver?  You are exempt from the English Language requirement,  if you are:

  • Age 50 or older and have lived as a legal permanent resident (green card holder) in the U.S. for 20 years.
  • Age 55 or older and have lived as a legal permanent resident in the U.S. for 15 years.
  • NOTE: You are still required to take the Civics Test in your language.

If I was arrested, can I still apply for U.S. Citizenship?   

  • Possibly. Please consult with an Immigartion Attorney or BIA Accredited Representative prior to submitting your application. Bring copies of all arrest court dispositions/records to your appointment.

Do I need to bring anything to my Library appointment ?

  • YES. Please bring the itms listed on the ATTACHED appointment checklist.

How do I get my Tax Transcripts or copies of my returns?  

  • Call: 800-908-9946 and follow voice prompts.
  • In-person:135 High Street, Hartford ( By appointment only 800-908-9946)
  • By mail: Go to the IRS Website for directions


How can I register for a free Citizenship Class?

  • In person on the day/time of the class.
  • Green Card required.
  • Ability to read, write and communicate in basic English required, unless you qualify for a Language Waiver.   

What is your Citizenship Class schedule like? (Print flyer)

Classes are on-going; cycles are between 12 to 14 weeks and repeat.

  • Saturday: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Location: Downtown Branch, 500 Main Street
  • Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Location: Albany Branch, 1250 Albany Ave.
  • Saturday: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Location: Downtown Branch, 500 Main Street
    NOTE: This class is In Spanish For applicants who qualify for the language waiver only. 

Can you suggest some resources for studying online? 

On Becoming American

Hear stories from immigrants about what it means to them to become U.S. citizens and how they have worked to achieve their citizenship goals through the many services available at Hartford Public Library. To hear other stories, click here

Resources for Practitioners 

Handouts / Quick Reference