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Naturalization 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.

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 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, contract employees, and family members 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. Credit Union staff will provide information about the loan program at the Orientation Sessions.

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

Calendar of USC Citizenship Initiative Events

Citizenship Orientation Workshops

Citizenship Clinics:
Free legal assistance with completing naturalization application and required documentation.

Citizenship Clinics will be scheduled during the week of October 16th. A second round of Citizenship Clinics will be scheduled during the week of December 4th.

Initial individual screening and registration for the Citizenship Clinics will be provided at the September Orientation Sessions.

Free Civics and English Classes:
Optional — for those who need to practice their English and prepare for the Civics and History questions.

A 12-week evening class (meeting 2 hours one night per week) will be offered on both UPC and HSC beginning the week of September 25th and ending the week of December 10th. Free classes will be provided to USC employees, contract employees, and their family members.

Registration for the classes will be provided at the September Orientation Sessions.

Naturalization Assistance for Members of the Public

In addition to the USC Community Citizenship Initiative, the USC Gould Immigration Clinic provides naturalization assistance to members of the general public.

The USC Gould Immigration Clinic Citizenship Project conducts workshops throughout the year to assist eligible lawful permanent residents (green card holders) with completing and filing naturalization applications (USCIS Form N-400) with U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services.

For more information regarding our next Citizenship Project workshop, please call 213-740-0497. This page will be updated with date, time and additional information regarding upcoming Citizenship Project workshop as they are finalized.

What the Project Does:

The Citizenship Project provides free legal assistance to individuals (lawful permanent residents - green card holders) who are eligible to naturalize. The Project is funded by the California Department of Social Services and by the Office of the Provost.

Who staffs the Project?

The Project is staffed by USC Gould clinical faculty who are attorneys, Gould law students and staff, and volunteer students and lawyers.

Who Does the Project Assist?

The Project assists members of the general public and USC students, faculty, and staff who are eligible to naturalize.

As stated on the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) web site, you may qualify for naturalization if:

  • You have been a permanent resident for at least 5 years and meet all other eligibility requirements, please visit the USCIS Path to Citizenship page for more information.
  • You have been a permanent resident for 3 years or more and meet all eligibility requirements to file as a spouse of a U.S. citizen, please visit the USCIS Naturalization for Spouses of U.S. Citizens page for more information.
  • You have qualifying service in the U.S. armed forces and meet all other eligibility requirements. Visit the USCIS Military section of the USCIS website.
  • Your child may qualify for naturalization if you are a U.S. citizen, the child was born outside the U.S., the child is currently residing outside the U.S., and all other eligibility requirements are met. Visit the USCIS Citizenship Through Parents page for more information.

How do I contact the Project?

Please contact us by telephone or email to be screened for naturalization eligibility.

Telephone: 213-740-0497

What will the Project do for me?

When you contact us, we will conduct a short screening interview over the telephone to determine whether you are eligible to apply for naturalization and, if so, whether your case is a simple case or a complex case. If we are unable to assist you, we will provide you with a referral.

If you have a simple case, we will schedule you to attend one of our periodic Citizenship Project workshops where we will assist you in preparing your naturalization application and supporting documents and provide you with information regarding how to file the application with USCIS. If you have a complex case we will schedule a meeting with you to discuss your case in more depth and, if possible, provide you with direct legal assistance.

Other Resources at USC:

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

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