Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Citizenship

Services

In partnership with local community organizations, Advancing Justice-LA hosts free citizenship application workshops where our staff and volunteers help verify their eligibility for citizenship, complete and file their citizenship applications, and prepare their fee waiver requests if they cannot afford the filing fee. We offer similar services at our downtown Los Angeles office for those who cannot attend a workshop.  In addition, we distribute to applicants our free “Citizenship 101” instructional video and workbook covering the citizenship application, test, and interview.  Advancing Justice-LA is training other community organizations throughout California and across the country to provide citizenship application services. For more information about the revised Citizenship Aplication Form (N-400), click here.

Basic eligibility requirements for U.S. citizenship

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be a lawful permanent resident (green card holder)
  • Continuously reside in the U.S. for at least 5 years since becoming a permanent resident
  • Be physically present in the U.S. for at least 2½ out of past 5 years
  • Be of good moral character
  • Be able to understand, speak, read and write English
  • Understand U.S. government and history concepts

FREE citizenship clinics in downtown Los Angeles (by appointment only)

Friday Citizenship Clinics at Advancing Justice-LA
When: 1st , 2nd , and 3rd  Fridays of each month - 12:30-5pm
Where: Advancing Justice-LA, 1145 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017
 
Monthly Saturday Clinics at Advancing Justice-LA
When: 4th  Saturday of each month - 9am-2pm
Where: Advancing Justice-LA, 1145 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017
 
Off-site Citizenship Application Assistance
We regularly offer citizenship workshops and clinics around the LA area. To learn more, visit our Events page.
 
Appointment is required prior to attending our Citizenship Clinics. To make an appointment, please call our language hotlines:
 
English/Other: 888-349- 9695
Chinese: 800-520- 2356
Korean: 800-867- 3640
Tagalog: 855-300- 2552
Thai: 800-914- 9583
 
Information & documents to bring:
  • Green card and state-issued ID
  • $725 filing fee (payable to U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security). Note: If you are low-income, you may qualify for a fee waiver.
  • Passport(s)
  • Arrest and court records (if any)
  • Home addresses for the past 5 years
  • Employer addresses and employment dates for the past 5 years
  • Dates of all trips abroad since you became a permanent resident
  • Spouse and children names, birth dates, A-numbers, and addresses

Bring List - English
Bring List - Español (Spanish)
Bring List - 中文 (Chinese)
Bring List - 한국어 (Korean)
Bring List - ไทย (Thai)

 

    UPDATE

    Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI)
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Monday - Friday

    For more information or to apply to DRAI, please call: 

    Chinese (Mandarin/Cantonese)  (213) 241-8872
    Khmer  (213) 241-8877
    Korean  (213) 241-8873
    Tagalog  (213) 241-8874
    Thai  (213) 241-8875
    Vietnamese  (213) 241-8876
    English/Other, Non-Spanish  (213) 241-8880
    Spanish/English** (CARECEN)  (213) 315-2659
    Spanish/English** (CHIRLA)  (213) 201-8700
     (213) 395-9547

    *This list will continue to expand.
    ** Spanish assistance available through CARECEN & CHIRLA.
    ***We are experiencing heavier call volume than usual. We highly encourage you to call your native language phone line, the wait time may be shorter. 

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    Our mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.