At a time when 50 million people have lost their jobs due to #COVID, the Trump Administration still finalized the United States’ first-ever #WealthTest for citizenship.

USCIS has announced an increase to filing fees for many immigration applications beginning October 2nd, 2020. Additionally, this rule would also place restrictions on and effectively eliminate most fee waivers, making it difficult to qualify for a fee waiver. This is yet another cruel attack on low-income immigrants, asylum seekers, refugees, survivors of domestic violence, and survivors of human trafficking.

This rule will also make citizenship unaffordable for many of our community members. We encourage and are here to assist as many residents to apply for citizenship before October 2nd when these changes are currently scheduled to go into effect. We can assist Monday-Friday through our hotline 213-817-5248


CARECEN’s citizenship services include free legal assistance, citizenship classes, and community workshops. To get a free phone consultation contact our citizenship hotline at 213-814-5248. Please leave a voice message, if no one answers.

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


  • Eligibility Consultations
  • Naturalization form preparation (N-400)
  • Requesting a fee waiver (I-912)
  • Applying for a reduced fee (I-942)
  • And more!


CARECEN is committed to making citizenship services accessible to all. We offer services at many different locations, dates, and times. Find out your nearest location by calling 213-814-5248!


In order to protect our staff and community in light of the Covid-19 (Corona Virus), CARECEN Is canceling all walk-in services until further notice.

We offer appointment-based and walk-in services at our offices in LA and Van Nuys. We also offer appointment-based citizenship services in Whittier. 

*Walk-in services are extremely limited, include long wait times, and you may not be seen. We strongly suggest you call the hotline to make an appointment instead.

 City Location Hours Contact
Los Angeles

2845 W. 7TH St.

Los Angeles, CA 90005

By appointment Mon – Fri, 9 – 4 pm or;Walk-ins Wed, 9 AM (Limited spots, arrive early)

Citizenship Hotline: 213-814-5248
Van Nuys

16501 Sherman Way, Suite 245

Van Nuys, CA 91406

By appointment Mon – Fri, 9 – 4 PM or; Walk-ins Mon, 9 AM (Please do not arrive before 9 AM)

(818) 616-6019

10750 Laurel Ave.

Whittier CA 90605

By appointment Tues from

9 AM – 4 PM

(562) 946-2425


CARECEN’s citizenship team travels to different parts of Southern California to offer legal services. We organize about one naturalization workshop per month. Workshop dates are subject to change. Please call our hotline at 213-814-5248 to confirm and to register for a workshop.

Interested in requesting a legal service workshop with your organization? Call our hotline!


We offer free legal services at Los Angeles Public Libraries. Click HERE for hours and locations. To make an appointment, please call 213-228-7390 or visit


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


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.


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, food stamps, SSI, etc. (or if your household income is low), you may qualify for a fee waiver or a reduced fee. Most of our clients qualify for a complete fee waiver.

USCIS may soon stop accepting public benefits for fee waivers. Apply as soon as possible! Click HERE for more information.

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 be allowed 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 vote in U.S. elections. A US citizen can petition for more family members than a lawful permanent resident can. US citizens can 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.  Naturalization offers more security

What should I bring to my consultation?

You should bring the following documents:

  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Social Security Card
  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage and Divorce certificates for you and any spouses
  • ID or California License
  • Passports that you have used to travel out of the US in the last 5 years. If your travel dates do not appear in your passport, write the dates on a sheet of paper and bring them to your appointment (this includes trips to Tijuana that were longer than 24 hours).
  • If you have ever been arrested, please bring a final certified court disposition for all arrests or charges, even if the case was dismissed. Any other related documents.
  • Proof of current Public Benefit(s), if any