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Free online service that helps you apply for citizenship, step-by-step. Find out about potential problems with your application and connect to the expert help you need, either online or in person. Find out what documents you need to submit, and what to expect after you apply.

NW Immigrant Rights Project

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project promotes justice by defending and advancing the rights of immigrants through direct legal services, systemic advocacy, and community education.

USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Service)

USCIS is the federal agency that administers citizenship and immigration services for the United States.  Here are some links to useful areas of their website:

  • N-400 Application for Naturalization - Information about applying for U.S. citizenship.

  • InfoPass - Schedule an appointment with a U.S. Immigration Information Officer.

  • The USCIS Naturalization Interview and Test Video - 16-minute video that provides an overview of the naturalization process and testing requirements.

  •  USCIS Welcome to the United States - The guide contains practical information to help new immigrants settle into everyday life in the United States, including how to find a place to live, how to get a Social Security number and how the U.S. system of government works. Available languages: Arabic Chinese (traditional), Chinese (simplified), English, French, Haitian, Creole, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu, Vietnamese.

Washington Law Help

General legal information and resources about citizenship and naturalization in the U.S., naturalization forms, instructions, and help. Various resources available in 27 languages.



ESL and Literacy



LearningExpress Library

Online learning with test preparation guides for the ASVAB, GED, GRE, SAT, TOEFL and U.S. Citizenship. Learn software, skills for career advancement, and more.

Mango Languages

Online language learning for 72 world languages plus English (ESL) instruction in 21 languages.

Rosetta Stone - English Only

Practice your English reading, listening and writing skills using the "Rosetta Stone" computer software program. For more information, call 206-684-0849 or visit the Central Library to make an appointment.



Service Providers



Asian Counseling and Referral Service

Provides ESL classes, citizenship services and employment and training services for Asian Pacific Americans (all are welcome).

CASA Latina
Centro de Ayuda Solidaria a los Amigos (CASA) is a community-based organization located in Seattle, that empowers Latino immigrants through educational and employment opportunities.

Chinese Information and Service Center
A nonprofit social services agency. Staff members speak Vietnamese, Malay, English and eight dialects of Chinese. Provides cultural orientation, job training, senior day care, English instruction, youth activities and other valuable services.

East African Community Services

Provides ESL, citizenship, and job skills classes for East African youth and families.

El Centro de la Raza
A Seattle Chicano/Latino Civil Rights organization.

Helping Link

Provides ESL, citizenship, and job skills classes to Vietnamese immigrants (all are welcome).

Horn of Africa Services

Provides citizenship and job skills classes for immigrants from Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, and neighboring countries.

Jewish Family Services

Provides ESL and job skills classes to immigrants and refugees.

Kaizen Program for New English Learners with Visual Limitations

Provides ESL classes for blind and visually-impaired immigrants and refugees.

King County Library System - ESL Learners

The King County Library System's resources for learners, including ESL classes, Talk Times, and citizenship classes around King County.

Literacy Source

Provides learner-centered instruction to adults in English literacy, citizenship, and basic life skills. Literacy Source is based in Fremont but offers programs in southwest Seattle, Tukwila, and SeaTac.

Refugee Women’s Alliance

An award-winning, nationally recognized nonprofit that provides holistic services to help refugee and immigrant women and families thrive.

Seattle Colleges

Seattle Central College, North Seattle College, South Seattle College, and Seattle Vocational Institute offer Adult Basic Education, ESL, and pre-college level classes.

Seattle Goodwill

Offers work readiness classes, workshops, and labs focused on helping adults develop and refresh their skills on a number of subjects that are highly valued in today's workplace. Subjects include English for Speakers of other Languages (ESL), math, computer skills, and more.

St. James Immigrant Assistance

Provides free English instruction and citizenship assistance to low-income adult refugees and immigrants in Seattle and King County.


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