Process to Apply for Citizenship

Individuals applying for citizenship must:

Application Process

  1. Download and print the N-400 form -OR-
    Request a form to be sent to you by contacting:
    531 Commercial St.
    Office #210 Waterloo Building
    Waterloo, IA 50701

  2. Complete the N-400 form.

  3. Send the N-400 form, required pictures, and required fee to Immigration Services at the address listed on the form. Pictures must be taken at a place approved to take passport photos.

  4. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will send you a letter and assign a time for you to come for fingerprinting in Des Moines. Immigration Services will check the fingerprints. Sometimes they have to be redone.

  5. If there are pending legal violations, they must be cleared up before applying.

  6. If your fingerprints are approved, Immigration Services will send a letter telling you when to come to Des Moines for the for the English speaking interview and English reading and writing test.

  7. After the test, you will receive your results (whether or not you passed the test) right away. If you didn't pass, you will be given options to retake the test.

  8. If you pass the test, you will receive a letter telling you when and where to go to be sworn in as a United States citizen. This usually happens about twice a year in Cedar Rapids.

Contact Information

Director of Adult Education and Literacy Programs

Laura Hidlebaugh
Van G. Miller Adult Learning Center
319-296-2329 ext.2005
Email Laura Hidlebaugh

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