Citizenship Preparation

Through partnerships with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, the New Americans Initiative, and the State of Illinois, Instituto operates the largest citizenship preparation program in the State. Instituto firmly believes that an educated citizen will significantly contribute to the general welfare of the country. By acquiring citizenship and exercising their right to vote, Latina/o immigrants can actively participate in the democratic process and enjoy the best of what their new country has to offer. Instituto also recognizes that becoming a citizen has tangible benefits – immigrants who learn English and become U.S. citizens increase their annual family income by approximately $10,000.

The Citizenship Preparation Department administers services that help permanent residents to become U.S. citizens through:

  • Completing the naturalization (N-400) and citizenship derivatives (N-600) by appointment and through bi-monthly workshops;
  • Providing citizenship classes in the morning and evening 4 times a week, including Saturdays to better accommodate applicant’s schedules;
  • Offering preparation courses in EL; 
  • Civics (i.e. history and government structure of the U.S.), plus citizenship individualized tutoring;
  • Including computer-based technology sessions within the Citizenship classes.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Instituto is now processing Deferred Action applications and is encouraging anyone interested to come meet with a BIA Accredited Representative to determine if they are eligible to apply, and if so, complete their application process.

Click here to see if you are a good candidate for DACA.

Click here to download the DACA Application.

Instituto has the largest N-400 processing team in Illinois and experienced representatives who can assist participants in the application process.

Instituto’s Citizenship Department provides office appointments.  Please call for an appointment at (773) 890-0055, or email our department at Our offices are located at 2555 S. Blue Island Avenue, Chicago, IL 60608.


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