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Naturalization and Immigration Assistance for Members of the USC Community

The USC Community Citizenship Initiative

USC is encouraging eligible staff, students, faculty, family and community members to become U.S. citizens. (See below for information on assistance for those who are not eligible to naturalize.)

USC is providing free Orientation Sessions during the week of September 18th. To register to attend an Orientation Session complete our online registration form, call 213-821-9627, or email

After participating in one of these Citizenship Orientation Sessions, individuals may choose one of three pathways to completing their naturalization application:

  1. free Citizenship Clinics to complete and file the naturalization application, with assistance from the USC Gould Immigration Clinic;
  2. free Individual Legal Assistance provided by the USC Gould Immigration Clinic for individuals with applications that need additional attention;
  3. free 12-week on-campus Naturalization Exam Preparation course for USC employees who need to learn or improve their knowledge of U.S. Civics and History, and practice their English terminology for the naturalization interview and exam before completing their naturalization application.

The USC Credit Union is also providing no-fee, low-interest loans to make the cost of the naturalization application more accessible.

For more information please read the Memorandum about Naturalization at USC from Provost Michael Quick, Senior Vice President Todd Dickey, and Senior Vice President Thomas Sayles.

Assistance for Members of the USC Community with other Immigration Needs or Questions

The Legal Advice Project

In addition to the USC Community Citizenship Initiative, the USC Gould Immigration Clinic's Legal Advice Project provides assistance to members of the USC community who need consultation or advice regarding immigration matters.

What the Project Does:

The Legal Advice Project provides free, confidential legal consultations and referrals to USC students, faculty, and staff who may be at risk of deportation, who are seeking to naturalize, or who have questions regarding their legal status and legal rights under the immigration laws. The Project is funded by the Office of the Provost.

Who staffs the Project?

The Project is staffed by USC Gould clinical faculty who are attorneys, Gould staff and Gould law students enrolled in the Immigration Clinic.

Who Does the Project Assist?

The Project provides assistance to USC students, faculty, and staff with the following types of issues:

  • Individuals outside of the US with visas or LPR (green card) status who are having difficulty returning to the US;
  • Individuals with DACA or who previously had DACA and who are seeking to renew DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals);
  • Undocumented individuals;
  • Individuals arrested by immigration authorities or who believe they are in danger of being arrested by immigration authorities;
  • Individuals seeking to naturalize and become US citizens;
  • Individuals who otherwise have a need for advice or representation.

International students and scholars should continue to seek advice from USC's Office of International Services, and international faculty and staff should continue to seek advice from Faculty/Staff Visa Services (FSVS).

How do I contact the Project?

Please contact us by telephone or email. Call the Project at 213-740-0497 (collect calls accepted) or send an email to to schedule an appointment.

If you contact us by email, please provide a short description of your issue in order to facilitate our response to your needs. If you have an urgent need, please be sure to make that clear if you leave a voicemail message or send an email.

What will the Project do for me?

When you contact us, we will conduct a short screening interview over the telephone to determine whether we can assist you directly with advice, brief service, assistance with completing certain immigration applications and petitions, or provide you with a referral.

If we are able to provide you with advice, brief service, or assistance with completing and filing an immigration application, we will schedule a meeting with you to discuss your case in more depth and provide you with advice or assistance. Our office is located in the USC Gould School of Law, Musick Law Building, on the University Park campus.

If needed, we can also provide referrals to other legal organizations and attorneys, including pro bono attorneys.

Group Legal Advice Presentations:

If you would like the Project to provide a group presentation to a student organization or to a unit or department within USC, please contact us by email at We are providing general Know Your Rights presentations addressing changing immigration laws and policies.

Other Resources at USC:

Know Your Rights Information (for all persons, but especially DACA and Undocumented Immigrants)

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