Opening Doors for New Americans since 1882
HIAS Pennsylvania assists individuals seeking to naturalize by providing application and representation at USCIS interviews. The focus is on serving vulnerable adults, including disabled or elderly refugees and immigrants who are seeking to naturalize and may be eligible to waive part or all of the citizenship examination due to a disability. HIAS Pennsylvania has one of the largest caseloads of vulnerable citizenship applicants in Pennsylvania and a very high success rate; the staff is often called upon to provide technical assistance and training in disability issues. One applicant was 107 years old. There is a special citizenship class for elderly applicants who are able to learn English and take the test--100% of the graduates of the class have successfully naturalized. More than 200 new Americans are assisted annually, including Latino immigrants and refugees from Africa, Southeast Asia and the former Soviet Union.