Preparing You For Citizenship, University YMCA hosts free information sessions about U.S. Citizenship

The University YMCA, which is a non-profit that provides services and leadership opportunities to newcomers and long-time residents, will host 3 U.S. Citizenship information sessions for permanent residents (green card holders) to learn more about the naturalization process and resources that assist with becoming a U.S. Citizen. The University YMCA provides these educational services through the New Americans Initiative, which is a not-for-profit partnership with The State of Illinois and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. The New Americans Initiative helps permanent residents in Illinois through the process of becoming a U.S. citizen.

During the month of June, stop by anytime during these 3 information sessions to speak one-on-one with a YMCA New Americans representative about the process of naturalization, preparing for the exam, and more. All events are free and open to all interested in getting more information, specifically permanent residents (green card holders) in Illinois who want to learn more about taking the next steps and clear up doubts or concerns about the naturalization process. Free childcare is available during the information sessions. You may also call or visit the University YMCA at any time between the hours of 9:30am-4pm Monday-Friday to get more information about the naturalization process. Walk-ins welcome. Appointment set-up by phone or email is strongly encouraged.

Questions? Contact Gloria Yen, New American Program Coordinator at: 217-337-1514; Email:

Tuesday, June 6 • 7:00p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green, Champaign

Saturday, June 10 • 9:00a.m.-10:00 a.m.
The Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green, Urbana

Wednesday, June 14 • 12:00p.m.-1:00 p.m.
University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright, Champaign

AT THESE INFO SESSIONS, you will receive resources about:
•Requirements to obtain U.S. Citizenship
• Naturalization Application, Form N-400
• Current Filing Fees and Processing Times
• Materials, Activities, and Resources for studying English and the history and government of the United States for the exam
• Information about the next Citizenship events in your area
• Suggestions for finding organizations to assist you in your area