Although the road to U.S. citizenship can be overwhelming, a helpful start can be of great assistance. It is hoped that the City of Santa Clara’s Pathway to Citizenship site will be an easier first step for residents in Santa Clara to achieve that goal.
The program shares information regarding the benefits and responsibilities of citizenship, the general steps towards becoming a citizen and ways to avoid scams. It also connects residents with local organizations and social service providers that offer English as a Second Language (ESL) and citizenship classes, legal assistance and seminars in support of the citizenship interview, tests and the Application for Naturalization (N-400 Form).
The bulk of the information provided is from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website. The content has not been changed, but access has been made more concise in the hopes that it will be easier for residents in Santa Clara to find the information they need.
It should be noted that everyone’s path is different. This site is not expected to answer every question or provide a universal roadmap; it is simply an easier start to a sometimes challenging process. It should also be noted that, if you have been wary of pursuing citizenship due to the immigration scams, the USCIS has provided excellent resources and educational material to help you protect yourself.
As always, the City welcomes your suggestions regarding how to make this webpage more effective. Please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (408) 615-2220 with questions, comments and advice regarding the City of Santa Clara’s Pathway to Citizenship resource.