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. Get ready for the citizenship interview and study for their citizenship test. ECC makes sure students know U.S. history and government, the Constitution, civics questions, how to answer dictated written questions, and complete the N-400. 

We help immigrants prepare successfully for application to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and to understand USCIS policies and procedures. Citizenship services are provided through a partnership of education, training, and social services specialists.

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 Program makes sure students know U.S. history and government, the U.S. Constitution test, civics questions, dictated written questions, and questions in the N-400. 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 a 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., petition for green cards for your children, parents, and close relatives, and hold federal government jobs. U.S. citizens cannot be deported or lose their citizenship even if they commit a crime or live elsewhere in the world. Naturalization is the way immigrants become U.S. citizens. For information, visit the U.S. Citizenshipworks Website.

Eligibility Requirements

When you ready to apply for U.S. Citizenship, the USCIS will expect you to 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 $581,469 (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.