Citizenship Skills


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Elgin area citizenship services offer programs and information to help immigrants learn more about the immigration process. ECC's Adult Basic Education Center offers citizenship classes to improve your knowledge of the U.S. government, prepare for the citizenship interview, and study for their citizenship test.

Are you prepared to apply to the USCIS?

Get ready for the citizenship interview and learn the information needed to pass the citizenship test. ECC's Citizenship classes help students learn about U.S. history and government, the U.S. Constitution, and civics. It also prepares students to answer questions asked during the citizenship interview. For ECC citizenship classes, call 847-214-6975.

Guide For Immigrants

U.S. Citizenship

A citizen of the U.S. can be a person who is native-born, foreign-born, or naturalized. A citizen is a person who owes allegiance to the U.S. and who is entitled to its protection. As a U.S. citizen, you have rights and privileges, which include the right to vote in all of the elections, run for public office, travel outside the U.S., and hold federal government jobs. Naturalization is the way immigrants become U.S. citizens. For more information, visit the  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Website.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to become a U.S. citizen, you must meet these requirements:

  • Valid permanent resident card.
  • Five years of residency in the U.S. or three years of residency if you are married to a U.S. citizen.
  • Knowledge of the English language.
  • Knowledge of the U.S. government and its history.

Stevens Amendment
Approximately $612,638 (36%) of the Illinois Adult Education and Literacy Program cost at Elgin Community College is federally funded under Title II, Adult Education and Family Literacy of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014.