In the United States, a path to citizenship is the proposed process by which undocumented immigrants can become U.S. citizens. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the naturalization process is available for:

  • Immigrants who have been a permanent resident for at least five years and meet all other eligibility requirements
  • Immigrants who have lived in the U.S. for three years or more and meet all eligibility requirements to file as a spouse of a U.S. citizen
  • Immigrants who have served in the U.S. armed forces and meet all other eligibility requirements.

And, even for those who don’t meet all of the above criteria, there are additional, alternate routes to citizenship.

Photo: Associated Press/Rogelio V. Solis

Once specified requirements are met, individuals seeking citizenship must also apply for naturalization (Form N-400) and pass a naturalization test which covers English, U.S. history, and civics.

The process of becoming a U.S. citizen can be daunting to navigate alone,

particularly for non-English speaking immigrants. This is why our partners at Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development (LA SED, Inc.) offer Citizenship and ESL Classes as well as Immigration and Legal Consultations through the Ford Resource and Engagement Center.

Photo: Larry Downing/Reuters

Funded by Ford Fund, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, the City of Detroit, MDOT, other foundations, corporations and private donations, LA SED offers a variety of programs to address the issues that affect the diverse ethnic groups living in our community.

Watch as LA SED Education Coordinator Antonoia Morabito offers Three Essential Tips on How to Become a U.S. Citizen.

Come see us at FREC (Southwest) to enroll for LA SED’s FREE citizenship services.

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FREC Southwest: 2826 Bagley Ave, Detroit, MI 48216 | PH: 313.962.4888  Ask for Carmen

FREC Eastside: 15491 Maddelein St., Detroit, MI 48205 | PH: 313.733.1240  Ask for Justin


The Ford Resource and Engagement Center (FREC) is a client-directed community center where people can learn new skills, obtain needed services, develop new talents and celebrate community. Made possible by grants from Ford Motor Company Fund, The Ford Resource and Engagement Center brings together non-profit partners to serve the surrounding community. 

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