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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?  

What are the filing fees for the Citizenship Application (N 400) Form? The filing fee is $725

Can I waive the filing fee? 
Possibly. Your eligibility for a fee waiver depends on your income. To qualify for a full fee waiver, an applicant must demonstrate that he/she is unable pay the fee based on one of the following criteria: 

  • The applicant has a household income that is at or below 150% of Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG);
  • The applicant, his/her spouse, or the head of household is currently receiving a means-tested benefit, such as: 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.  
  • The applicant has a financial hardship.

A partial fee waiver may be available for qualifying applicants whose annual household income is greater than 150% and not more than 200% of the FPG. A partial fee waiver will provide a reduced fee of $320 for the N-400. 

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 Immigration Attorney or BIA Accredited Representative prior to submitting your application. Bring copies of all arrest court dispositions/records to your appointment.

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

  • Call: 800-908-9946 and follow voice prompts.
  • In-person: 450 Columbus Blvd. (860-297-5962)
  • By mail: Go to the IRS Website for directions   

Do you offer Citizenship Classes? Yes, Hartford Public Library offers FREE classes.  

How do I register? In person on the day/time of the class. An ability to read, write and communicate in basic English is required unless you qualify for the Language Waiver. NOTE: You will need to show your Green Card to register.   

What does your class schedule look like? Classes are on-going; cycles are between 12 to 14 weeks and repeat. (Print flyer)

  • Saturday: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 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 



Lessons 1A &1B - The Colonial Period & Independence   
Lesson 6 - Rights & Responsibilities 

Powerpoint script  
Powerpoint handouts