Document Gathering for Citizenship: The Oakland Model

Written by Doug DiSalvo
East Bay Citizenship Network
May 1999

This guide explains which documents are frequently required of naturalization applicants, in what circumstances they are required, and how to get them. It contains simple explanations of each type of document, and sample forms and letters applicants can use to get them. Obtaining documents that will probably be required, and taking them to the citizenship interview makes it possible for the INS to process those documents many months more quickly than if the documents are submitted after the interview. Created initially for organizations in Oakland, California, the guide should help any citizenship provider identify necessary documents and sources for those documents.