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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 free help with my application?

  • Make an appointment with a Library BIA Accredited Representative (Immigration Counselor) 
  • Phone (860) 695-6337 
  • Email

What are the filing fees for the Citizenship Application Form?

  • The filing fee is $680

Can I waive the filing fee?

  • Possibly. Depending on:
  • Income level - below 150% poverty guidelines
  • Public benefits - SNAP, cash assistance, Medicaid, WIC, Section 8 
  • VIEW/PRINT a sample verification form - “Budget Sheet”- from the CT Department of Social Services that you must include in your application to be considered for a fee waiver. Please bring it to your appointment.

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.
  • VIEW/PRINT brochure on accessing criminal records in CT.

Do I need to bring anything to my appointment?

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 the Library help me?  

  • Free Citizenship Classes
  • Guidance on using free online resources
  • Books, DVDs, and mp3 players that you may borrow with your free Library card
  • Practice interviews by trained volunteers (limited availability, priority is given to applicants with scheduled interview dates.) 

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? 

  • Classes are on-going; cycles are between 12 to 14 weeks and repeat. 
  • Saturday: 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Spanish) for English language waiver applicants only. Downtown Branch, 500 Main Street
  • Saturday: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (English) Downtown Branch, 500 Main Street
  • Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (English) Albany Branch, 1250 Albany Ave.     

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