We are a network of community organizations, businesses, agencies, and individuals in the Madison area who work together to provide citizenship education and naturalization preparation assistance to help lawful permanent residents overcome barriers to citizenship and become U.S. citizens.
We estimate there are 12,000-15,000 immigrants in Dane County who have the legal right to advance to citizenship but have not done so. We and our partner organizations believe that our efforts can help people to overcome the major barriers to citizenship and become engaged, active citizens of our community.
FREE NATURALIZATION SERVICES WE OFFER
We work to support naturalization for lawful permanent residents (people with green cards) through partner organizations. We offer the following FREE SERVICES through partner organizations:
Information sessions about how to become a U.S. citizen and where to seek help in Dane County. If your community organization can convene a group of people interested in learning about US citizenship, we can come and provide a brief overview and answer questions (in Spanish or English) about:
-Why become a U.S. Citizen?
-Who can become a U.S. Citizen?
-How do I become a U.S. Citizen?
-Where can I get help in Madison?
Navigating the path to naturalization (U.S. citizenship) can be confusing. Where do you start? Contact us at (608) 263-6735 with your questions. Please leave a message with your name and phone number so we can get back to you.
Assessment of eligibility to apply for U.S. citizenship by an attorney. For this free service, come to a Citizenship Clinic.
Assessment for a fee waiver. For households with income that is no more than 200% above the poverty level, you may not have to pay the entire $725 fee. If you qualify, we can help you complete the fee waiver application. For this service, come to a Citizenship Clinic.
Application Services. We provide help to complete the 20-page N-400 Application for Naturalization. Trained volunteers will work with you to complete the form, and an attorney will check the application. For this service, come to a Citizenship Clinic.
Citizenship courses and tutoring to prepare for the U.S. Citizenship (naturalization) test are available at Madison Path to Citizenship partner organizations in Madison:
– Literacy Network of Madison – 701 Dane St, Madison, WI 53715; Phone: (608) 244-3911; http://www.litnetwork.org/
– Catholic Multicultural Center (Centro Guadalupe) 1862 Beld St., Madison, WI 53713. Phone: (608) 661-3512; Citizenship Classes: https://cmcmadison.org/programs- services/education-employment-programs/classes/
In addition to citizenship education and naturalization preparation services, Madison Path to Citizenship will help sponsor an annual Welcoming Event in Dane County to celebrate the accomplishments of those who have completed the naturalization process and have become U.S. citizens each year.
History and Funding
Madison Path to Citizenship was founded in July 2015 with a grant from the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment to create the full full set of programs and services needed to encourage naturalization and that offers help to overcome the major barriers to citizenship.
In the spring of 2016, Madison Path to Citizenship received a grant from the City of Madison’s Emerging Opportunities Program to conduct outreach informational sessions and to build a citizenship program at our partner organization, Literacy Network (http://www.litnetwork.org/).