The citizenship application process has two steps:
- Eligibility Consultation: CARECEN legal staff will explain the citizenship process and review your eligibility. If all eligibility requirements are met, an application preparation appointment will be scheduled.
- Application Preparation: At this appointment, a staff member prepares your N-400 application, reviews it with you, provides you with a copy, and files it with USCIS. This service is by appointment only and will be scheduled once the eligibility consultation is complete.
Initial eligibility consultations occur on days designated for first-time client visits: Mondays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at our San Fernando Valley office, and Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. main Los Angeles office. The cost is $50. CARECEN’s services and fees are subject to change. Please inquire at reception for the most current information.
The fee charged by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service for the application is $680.
Are you receiving CalFresh Benefits, CalWORKS, General Relief, CAPI, SSI, MediCal or another public benefit? If so, you may be eligible to apply for a waiver of the $680 filing fee. CARECEN helps eligible applicants submit their fee waiver request. If you are receiving certain means-tested public benefits, your household income is at or below 150% of the federal poverty guidelines, or you have an extreme financial hardship, you may also qualify for a waiver of the filing fee. Eligibility for a fee waiver will be determined during the eligibility consultation.
Free Citizenship Classes
CARECEN offers citizenship classes in Los Angeles, North Hills, Van Nuys and Whittier. There are different schedules and levels to meet the needs of our students. Classes are free, include English language instruction, run yearlong and have open enrollment. To find out more about these classes, please sign up below. A CARECEN representative will contact you.