CARECEN offers citizenship classes to help legal residents pass the citizenship test given by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, so they can assume full participation in U.S. civic society. Through the program, adults learn about U.S. history and government and are encouraged to take the citizenship exam. Enrollment is open and continuous.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE COURSE
The virtual course is designed to help legal permanent residents pass the citizenship test given by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Through the program, adults learn about U.S. history and government and are encouraged to take the citizenship exam.
The naturalization interview includes demonstrating that you can read, write, and speak English at a basic level and that you have a basic understanding of US history and government. There are some individuals who qualify for the interview in their native language (Exempt English) but only if they meet the requirements (age and time with your residence).
CARECEN is currently offering online citizenship classes. Enrollment is currently open and continuous for selected classes. Potential students will be enrolled in the appropriate class course. We offer courses in both in English and Spanish.
- Citizenship Class -- Lasts 12 weeks. Students develop a foundation in the 100 civics questions in the citizenship exam, as well as learning to read, recognize and write the vocabulary required in the reading and dictation portions of the citizenship interview.
- English Exempt Class (EE) -- Lasts 10 weeks. Tailored for students who have been approved to take an abridged version of the test or who are taking the test in Spanish. You must meet the age and time requirement to enroll in this course. (Ex. 55/15, 50/20, 65/20).
IMPORTANT: Please note, a smartphone, tablet or computer is required to join the virtual class.
To register, please call 213-385-7800 Ext 215, 239, or 173, only Thursdays and Fridays from 9am to 5 pm. Please leave a voicemail with your full name and phone number if we don’t answer. You can also text your full name and phone number to 213-296-5328 with the message “I want to register for citizenship classes”.
Have your legal permanent residency card ready to complete the registration process. The legal permanent residency card (aka green card) is used to determine class enrollment and if you are eligible to do the interview in Spanish (English Exempt).
You can also show interest for classes through this link: Citizenship Class Inquiry. An instructor will contact you after completing the form to verify the information listed. Below are our current classes in both English and Spanish.
Please note, only students who have completed the N-400 application will be enrolled in a class. For more information on how to apply for citizenship, see immigration legal services section.
VIRTUAL CLASS HOURS
** Links will be provided upon completion of the student registration form.
|Thursday||1 pm - 3 pm||Spanish (EE)||
No Class on 11/26
|Thursday||5:30 pm - 8:30 pm||English||
10/01/2020 - 01/07/2021
No Class on 11/26, 11/24, & 12/31
|Saturday||9am - 12pm||English||
No Class on 11/28
|Saturday||1 pm - 3 pm||Spanish (EE)||
No Class on 11/28
IMMIGRATION LEGAL SERVICES
For more information on how to apply for citizenship, please schedule an appointment at our main office in CARECEN-LA by calling our hotline 213-814-5248 between regular business hours of 9 am to 5 pm.
Please note that in response to the COVID 19 situation, our office is currently completing legal services remotely.
DUE TO CONCERNS ABOUT COVID-19, PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT CARECEN OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. PLEASE COMMUNICATE VIA TELEPHONE OR ELECTRONICALLY, AS WE ARE UNABLE TO ACCOMMODATE IN-PERSON MEETINGS AT THIS TIME.
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This citizenship education program is an integral service to the immigrant community. Classes are offered in low-income communities to ensure members of the community have access to navigating the Naturalization process.
Students who attend citizenship class courses come from different educational backgrounds; some might not have beyond a primary school education in their home country and others might have attended college. Students with little to no education require additional tutoring or assistance.
In essence, CARECEN’s citizenship classes have served as a large de facto adult school that has provided free citizenship education for over a decade in the Los Angeles community and is now on the verge of closing its doors. This is happening across various non-profit legal services organizations due to changes in and loss of federal government funding for citizenship education. At the same time, applicants for citizenship need access to citizenship preparation and education more than ever.
Nationally, legal service providers have noticed an increased rate of denial of medical exemptions to the citizenship exam, and an increased denial of citizenship applications based on higher scrutiny of the English language proficiency and civics education portion of the interview. Naturalization applicants need legal services and educational assistance to successfully complete the naturalization process.
Will you collaborate with CARECEN to bridge the citizenship education gap and help rising Americans, elderly and disabled lawful permanent residents, achieve their American Dream?
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