Citizenship Classes

605 SE Cesar E. Chavez Blvd • Portland, OR 97214  • (503) 731-9585 • E-Mail


Citizenship Classes for ESL Speakers

Winter Term begins January 9, 2018


SE Portland, 6-9 p.m. (Tuesdays: begins January 9)
605 SE Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., Portland, OR 97214

Oak Lodge Library, 5-8pm (Wednesdays: begins January 10)
16201 SE McLoughlin Blvd, Milwaukie, OR 97267

Beaverton, 9:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (Thursdays: begins January 11)
3800 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, #288, Beaverton, OR 97005 (Room 155)

Canby Public Library, 6-9 p.m. (Thursdays: begins begins January 11)
220 NE 2nd Ave. Canby, OR 97013

Citizenship is both the end of a long road, and the beginning of a new life for immigrants and refugees. To become a citizen, one must have resided in the United States as a legal permanent resident for at least 5 years and have a clean criminal record. The Naturalization process has four components:

  • The N-400 application
  • The oral interview
  • The civics and history exam
  • Write one sentence and read one sentence in English

Citizenship candidates must complete and submit the N-400 application, answer all of the oral interview questions, pass the civics and history exam, and write one sentence and read one sentence in English. The Citizenship Exam is in English unless a candidate can prove that they have a disability that hinders their ability to take the exam in English. If you have lived in the U.S. for 20 years and are 50 years old, or have lived in the U.S. for 15 years and are 55 years old, you are eligible to take the exam in your native language.

Our Citizenship Program provides free classes that teach immigrants the English and Civics they need to know to pass the exam. Paid instructors and volunteers teach classes each week at a number of locations.We offer assistance with the N-400 Application for Citizenship, the Disability Waiver, and the Naturalization Application Fee Waiver.

Citizenship Overview

The USCIS Naturalization Interview and Test Video (Spanish captions)
The USCIS Naturalization Interview and Test is a 16-minute video that provides an overview of the naturalization process and testing requirements. This video highlights scenes from the naturalization interview, including the English and U.S. history and government (civics) portions of the naturalization test. These simulated situations provide a closer look into the overall process.

Click here to view the video

Contact Us

For More Information Contact:

LCSNW Citizenship Program
Annie Ruonavaara Karas, Citizenship & ESL Coordinator
605 SE Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., Portland, OR 97214
(503) 731 9585