Citizenship & Integration

Citizenship & IntegratION Services 

We offer civics education, language instruction, and legal assistance to immigrants on their path to becoming a U.S. Citizen.

Becoming naturalized as a citizen of the United States is a moment that every immigrant looks forward to and works hard for from the very beginning of their time as a newcomer. For those who have decided to make this country their home, AACF is here to help through every part of that journey.

Citizenship-Based ESL Classes

In order for an immigrant to become a citizen of the United States, she/he/they must pass, unless exempt, a naturalization test which is made up of two components, an English and civics test.

    • During the English test, the applicant must demonstrate an understanding of the English language including the ability to read, write, and speak basic English.
    • During the civics test, the applicant will answer important questions about American government and history.

We offer free group classes, learning materials, and individuals preparation sessions for community members applying or planning to apply for U.S. citizenship.

Classes are offered virtually and in-person at the Hillcrest Community Center located at 1150 Orchard Terrace, Frederick, MD 21703.

Legal Assistance

Through our partnership with local pro bono lawyers and Lutheran Social Services of National Capital Area (LSSNCA) we offer general consultation, financial assistance, form preparation and completion of application for naturalization (USCIS N-400), medical waiver for disability or impairment (USCIS N-648), request for fee waiver (USCIS I-912), and related forms. All services are offered in a variety of languages and at no cost to participants. There are no eligibility criteria to take part in these services in order to participate.

    • Legal support and other non-legal consultations are available by appointment.

Funding Agency

This project is funded by the Department of Homeland Security, Innovations in Citizenship Preparation Program.

Contact Us

    • Dr. Matthew Nimpson
      Project Manager, Citizenship and Integration Services
      Email: [email protected]
      Tel: (301) 694-3355, ext. 1020

For inquiries in Spanish:

    • Mayra Marchena
      Program Coordinator
      Email: [email protected]
      Tel: (301) 694-3355, ext. 1026

Read about us in the news:

Local immigrants celebrate citizenship in naturalization ceremony Wednesday

David Contreras has called the United States his home for more than 30 years. It wasn’t until Wednesday, though, that he could declare himself a citizen. 

Immigrant Day Celebration

Yolanda Vazquez talks with Roy Libdan, Project Manager for the Asian American Center of Frederick. They discuss the organization and its’ mission to the community. 

Frederick County Immigrant Affairs Commission

The Commission acts as an advisory body that serves as a means for immigrant voices to be heard and understood.

Frederick County immigrants: a mutually symbiotic relationship

It takes a brief encounter with me for you to realize that I am passionate about culture and anything that has to do with immigrants thriving in their host country.

The Asian American Center of Frederick helps immigrants succeed

When it comes to learning English as a second language in Frederick County, the Asian American Center of Frederick has made a serious effort to help.

Citizenship and Integration Services Resource Library:

Access a comprehensive digital library to help you ace your citizenship exam! Our library offers a wide range of resources, including study guides, practice tests, video tutorials, and more.

Biblioteca Digital de Ciudadania

¡Acceda a una biblioteca digital completa que le ayudará a aprobar su examen de ciudadanía!

Doctor assisting patients at annual health fair

Online Practice Test

Practice the 100 possible questions on the naturalization test in a game format.

Citizenship Digital Library

What’s Included?
Study Guides, Practice Tests, Recorded Classes, Flash Cards

Translation of Civics Q&As

Translation of Civics Questions and Answers in a variety of major languages.

Refugee Welcoming Coalition of Frederick

The Refugee Welcoming Coalition of Frederick (RWC) is an alliance of faith communities based in Frederick, Maryland whose mission is to empower refugees and asylum seekers with dignity, to help them become self-sufficient, contributing members of the community.

Formed in September 2021, members of the Frederick, Maryland community saw a need to support the high volume of refugees arriving to the United States. The RWC helps refugees transition to life in the Frederick area by preparing their homes with donated furniture and household items, providing assistance with accessing vital resources, and helping families receive ESL classes and tutoring.

Asian American Center of Frederick is RWC’s fiscal sponsor and Elizabeth Chung is one of its founding members.

RWC’s Mission

The Refugee Welcoming Coalition of Frederick (RWC) empowers refugees and asylum seekers to resettle in Frederick County, Maryland with dignity and to become self-sufficient, contributing members of the community.

To learn more, visit RWC’s website:

How you can help!


Give a tax deductible financial, or other donation which will directly support refugees resettling in Frederick.


Do you have an affordable apartment to rent in or near downtown Frederick?

Contact RWC and let them know what you have available.


Provide employment for a refugee as they transition to become a vital part of our community.


Provide assistance through cultural introductions; becoming a local guide; providing transportation to appointments, and the list goes on.

Our Team

Get to know the people in our organization helping to make a difference every day.

Board of Directors

Meet our board members who help lead the AACF behind the scenes.


Join our team and help make a difference in the lives of immigrants in Frederick County.


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In the News

Read about past and present work done by the AACF.

Get Involved

Learn more about what we do and how you can help.

Get Involved

Learn more about what we do and how you can help.

In the News

Read about past and present work done by the AACF.


Visit us to find programs, services, and resources at our different locations.