Montgomery County Citizenship Initiative


​Citizenship Application Help 

Did you know there are many benefits to becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen?   Are you at least 18 years-old?  If you have a green card, you may be eligible to apply for citizenship!

You may be eligible to apply for U.S. Citizenship if you: 

A)     Have been a Lawful Permanent Resident of the United States (green card holder) for at least 5 years, or
B)     Have been a Lawful Permanent Resident of the United States (green card holder) for at least 3 years. In addition, you have been married to and living with the same U.S. citizen spouse for the last 3 years, AND your spouse has been a U.S. citizen for the last 3 years at the time you file your Form N-400.

If you think you fall into any of those categories, contact any of the following nonprofit organizations for a full eligibility screening.  They can give you advice about the naturalization process, including issues about moral character, level of English needed, and traveling abroad.   Becoming an American citizen is easier than you think, with proper legal advice and support by committed staff and volunteers. 

Click here for a list of local providers that assist with citizenship applications. 


Upcoming and Ongoing Events

Assistance with Citizenship Applications:

Free Immigration Consultations at the Gilchrist Center in the Gaithersburg Library (APALRC)
Free Immigration Consultations at the Gilchrist Center in Wheaton (APALRC)

Walk-In Clinics and Workshops (APALRC)
Online Citizenship Application Tool

Scholarships for Citizenship Application Fees

Casa Scholarship for Citizenship Application Fees (English)
Beca para la ciudadanía (Spanish)

Citizenship Preparation Classes:

Countywide Citizenship Corners

In late 2016 and early 2017, cities and counties across the country have seen a significant increase in the demand for naturalization. Recognizing the urgency of this moment and the positive impact of naturalization in our County, we have partnered with a number of organizations to join in a coordinated campaign to encourage and support naturalization in our County. 

In May 2017, Montgomery County joined with nonprofit partners to launch a county campaign to encourage eligible residents to begin the process of becoming U.S. citizens. The campaign will include ongoing collaboration and citizenship workshops around the county, citizenship resource corners at various county facilities that serve as community hubs, and hosting naturalization ceremonies around the county. In addition, Montgomery County has joined Cities for Citizenship, a national initiative to promote and encourage eligible permanent residents to become U.S. citizens.

This county-wide initiative is aimed at reaching the 60,000 residents of Montgomery County who are eligible to become U.S. citizens now. They live in every neighborhood in our county and come from every region of the world. The benefits of naturalizing are many.  People who become citizens increase their income (up to 11%) and the county economy is strengthened. People who become citizens care more about the place they call home and our communities are strengthened.  It is a win-win situation for all.  

Montgomery County launched Countywide Citizenship Corners in recognition of Citizenship Day on September 17, 2018 as part of a national bipartisan effort to encourage eligible immigrants to apply for U.S. citizenship. This comes at a time when a backlog in processing applications may be discouraging permanent residents from applying for citizenship.


Citizenship Corners provide information in a variety of languages that can help guide permanent residents toward applying for citizenship. In addition to the corner launched today in the Rockville Memorial Library, Citizenship Corners are being established at the Long Branch and Silver Spring libraries, the Gilchrist Immigrant Resource Center in Wheaton, the Gilchrist Immigrant Resource Center at the Gaithersburg Library, at Gaithersburg City Hall and at the Gaithersburg Parents Resource Center.

Additional sites will be added in the near future. Updates on the locations will be available on the website of the Gilchrist Center ( ) or by calling 240-777-4940. 

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