citizenship

CARECEN citizenship services include legal assistance, citizenship classes, and community workshops.  To get a free phone consultation or appointment at one of our office locations, please contact our citizenship hotline at 213-814-5248.  We also have services available without appointments available on Mondays at our Van Nuys location and Wednesdays at our Central LA office.

COST 

CARECEN does not charge for consultations, assistance preparing your application, or classes. Take advantage today and protect yourself through citizenship.  All of CARECEN's citizenship legal services are FREE of charge!  

LEGAL SERVICES  

CARECEN provides FREE legal assistance, including:  

  • Eligibility Consultations.
  • Naturalization form preparation (N-400) 
  • Requesting a fee waiver (I-912)  
  • Applying for a reduced fee (I-942)   
  • Services are provided to walk-in clients on-site, at our offsite office, and at workshops.  

ON-SITE WALK-IN SERVICES  

Los Angeles

2845 W. Seventh St.
Los Angeles, CA 90005

Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.

(213) 385-7800 ext. 136

Van Nuys

16501 Sherman Way, Suite 245
Van Nuys, CA 91406

Monday, 9 a.m. (please do not arrive before this time)

(818) 616-6019

 

OFFSITE OFFICE  

Citizenship services are also available at our offsite office in Whittier on Tuesdays.  Please call (562) 946-2425 to schedule an appointment. 

10750 Laurel Avenue,  

CARECEN’s citizenship team travels around Southern California for citizenship workshops. See below for a schedule of upcoming workshops.  To register or for more information, call our hotline at 213-814-5248.  Interested in requesting a legal service workshop with your organization? Call our hotline! 

http://www.carecen-la.org/citizenship_classes

CARECEN welcomes volunteers with our citizenship team. If you are interested in helping community members apply for citizenship or study for the citizenship exam, please fill out a volunteer application HERE [http://www.carecen-la.org/volunteer]

FAQS

Do I need to pay a filing fee? 

While U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) charges to process your application, if you receive public benefits such as Medi-Cal, foodstamps, SSI, etc. or if your household income is low, you may qualify for a fee waiver or a fee reduction. The majority of our clients qualify for a complete fee waiver. 

Do I have to take the exam In English? 

If you have been a resident for at least 20 years and are 50+ years old or have been a resident for at least 15 years and are 55+ years old, you may automatically qualify to take the test in another language using an interpreter. 

How long does the naturalization process take? 

Application processing times vary and can sometimes take 1 year or more.

What are other benefits of citizenship? 

Only citizens are able to petition parents, married children, and siblings. Citizens also have access to certain public benefits available only to citizens, can travel with fewer restrictions, and have more participation opportunities in the political process. Residency is not always permanent and naturalization offers more security.

How can I get help applying for citizenship? 

CARECEN offers consultations on a walk-in basis from 9am-4pm at our central office on Wednesdays and our Van Nuys office on Mondays. You can also call our citizenship hotline to make an appointment. Additionally, CARECEN offers workshops in different parts of the county on weekends. Call us to see when we will be in your area! 

What should I bring to my consultation?

We recommend to bring your green card, passports, and any birth/marriage/divorce certificates that you may have.  If you have ever been arrested, please bring any court paperwork or dispositions that you have.

If you live in Los Angeles city and are low-income, you may qualify for comprehensive services that include free legal assistance. 

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