In order to maximize the impact of our small but dedicated staff, we use an efficient and effective group-processing (workshop) model to assist as many permanent residents as possible on their journeys to citizenship. On average, we help about 1,600 clients apply for citizenship each year, in large part thanks to our outstanding trained volunteers.
We host workshops at three different venues, though they all follow the same principles. We host:
- Community workshops, where we host workshops in towns like Lawrence, Lowell, Chelsea, Attleboro, and Quincy, and partner with local organizations to spread the word. For these workshops, we recruit volunteers from both the community and from Boston law firms. These workshops typically take place one to two times per month.
- Law firm workshops, hosted in the office of one of our Boston law firm partners. Our volunteers at these workshops are pro bono attorneys from those firms. These workshops typically take place once per month.
- Citizenship Center workshops, which take place in our office. Partner law firms provide pro bono attorneys to staff these workshops. These workshops typically occur three times per month.
Our largest signature event is our annual Citizenship Day in Boston, which occurs every September and draws hundreds of applicants and volunteers every year.
On average, we host about 60-70 workshops each year. To register for your appointment, call our office at 617-694-5949
What is a workshop?
A workshop is a event held by Project Citizenship during which staff and trained volunteers assist clients to fill out their citizenship applications.
What happens at a workshop?
Applicants who have registered to attend the workshop will sit down with a Project Citizenship staff member or trained volunteer to fill out their citizenship application. After the entire application has been finished, the application will be reviewed by an attorney or Department of Justice accredited representative. Finally, the applicant will receive a copy of their filled out application for their personal records, along with information regarding the next steps of the application process, and Project Citizenship will mail the application to USCIS.
How do I sign up to attend a workshop?
Call us at (617) 694-5949 to get started!
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To receive assistance from Project Citizenship, call 617-694-5949!
- Screening: Clients call the office and are briefly screened for eligibility, and are given instructions for the next steps based on their individual circumstances.
- Workshop: Clients attend one of our frequent workshops where a trained volunteer fills out the necessary forms. Forms are then reviewed by an attorney or Department of Justice accredited representative. Project Citizenship will mail the application and provide clients with study materials for the civics test, as well as referrals to English or citizenship classes.
- Follow-up: Project Citizenship follows up to obtain missing information from clients, and tracks the application until the client successfully obtains U.S. citizenship.
- Next steps:
- Biometrics appointment for fingerprints and photo
- Interview, which includes the English and civics test
- Oath ceremony, when the applicant officially becomes a U.S. citizen!
Over the past few years, processing times have become longer. While timelines vary widely across the country, on average, it takes about 8-12 months from start to finish in our area. Because this process can take up to a year, we encourage permanent residents to apply for citizenship as soon as they are eligible.