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I just became a U.S. citizen and want to bring my mother here to live with me. How do I start the process?

HIAS Immigration & Citizenship staff can assist a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States to file a Petition for Alien Relative with the Immigration Service to establish the relationship to certain alien relatives who wish to immigrate to the United States. See our Services page for more information.

I came as a visitor to the U.S. but I am afraid to go back to my native country. It’s too dangerous. Can you help?

Every year, thousands of people come to the United States in need of protection and seek asylum because they have been persecuted or fear they will be persecuted on account of their race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. See our Services page for more information.

I applied for citizenship last month but I don’t know what to expect or how to prepare for my citizenship exam and interview.

Each HIAS Immigration & Citizenship citizenship applicant is offered extensive self-study materials for the citizenship test and interview, as well as access to our citizenship classes, bilingual tutoring, and mock interviews. A citizenship preparation CD and workbook, “Preparing for Citizenship,” is now available, incorporating the English and civics testing materials as well as interview practice material based on the N-400 application. See our Citizenship Services page for more information.

My father is scheduled for his citizenship interview next month. HIAS Immigration & Citizenship helped him apply with a medical disability waiver for the English and civics requirement, but who can help him at this citizenship interview?

For those HIAS Immigration & Citizenship citizenship applicants who have applied for citizenship with a medical disability waiver, a HIAS Immigration & Citizenship citizenship staff member is available to accompany the client to their citizenship interview and provide interpreter services; and when necessary, to provide advocacy on behalf of the client with immigration citizenship staff and supervisors. See our Services page for more information.

I applied for citizenship with the help of HIAS Immigration & Citizenship and passed my test and interview six months ago, but have not yet been scheduled for my oath. How can I find out what happened to my case?

Through its strong, working relationship with the immigration service, HIAS Immigration & Citizenship assists its clients by helping them to inquire about the status of their citizenship applications. In addition, HIAS Immigration & Citizenship advocates on behalf of clients to resolve problem situations during the application or interview process. See our Advocacy page for more information.