Citizenship Program

Citizenship Classes

Gaining citizenship allows refugees and immigrants to achieve permanence and safety in the United States. With citizenship they can participate in our democracy by voting or even seeking political office.


Our free citizenship classes teach students English language skills and knowledge of U.S. history and civics needed to pass the citizenship exam. Classes are offered each week at different locations. We offer assistance with the N-400 Application for Citizenship, the Disability Waiver, Request for reduced fee and the Naturalization Application Fee Waiver.

Oregon Citizenship Classes

Our free Citizenship ESL classes are offered quarterly in the Portland Metro area. We can help prepare you for the exam and file your N-400 application too! To enroll in our classes, please bring your Green Card to the first day of class. Open enrollment during the first three weeks of class. For more information, please contact us at 503-731-9585.

Spring term begins in April at these locations:

Tuesday Class

SE Portland – 6:00-9:15 pm (Begins April 7)
LCS Northwest Office
605 SE Cesar Chavez Blvd.
Portland, OR 97214

Thursday Classes

Beaverton – 10:00 am-1:15 pm (Begins April 9)
LCS Northwest Office
3800 Cedar Hills Blvd., #288 Room 155
Beaverton, OR 97005

Gethsemane Lutheran Church – 6:00-9:15 pm (Begins April 9)
11560 SE Market St
Portland, OR 97216

Canby Public Library – 6:00-9:15 pm (Begins April 9)
220 NE 2nd Avenue
Canby, OR 97013

Friday Class

SE Portland – 10:00 am-1:15 pm (Begins April 10)
LCS Northwest Office
605 SE Cesar Chavez Blvd.
Portland, OR 97214

Saturday Class

Gethsemane Lutheran Church – 9:30 am-12:15 pm (Begins April 11)
11560 SE Market St
Portland, OR 97216

Clackamas Community College
Oregon City Campus (Begins April 7)
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:00-1:00 pm, Room D132
19600 Molalla Avenue, Oregon City
Contact Michelle at 503-594-3234

Harmony Campus (Begins April 6)
Mondays  TBD
7738 Harmony Road, Milwaukee
Contact Michelle at 503-594-3234

Washington Citizenship Classes

Our Vancouver Free Citizenship Classes are offered on a rolling basis at:

We also offer small group and “one on one” classes (scheduled by Instructor Eiko Nakato)

To enroll in Vancouver Area Citizenship Classes, contact us at (360) 694-5624

Citizenship Information

To become a citizen, a person must have resided in the United States as a legal permanent resident for at least 5 years or 3 years if married to a U.S. citizen, have good moral character, and meet the physical presence requirements. The Naturalization process has 2 major components:


  • The N-400 application
  • The Naturalization Exam and Interview: N-400 questions interview, knowledge of 100 civics questions, and the English reading and writing test.

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 and Interview  is conducted in English unless the applicant meets an age requirement or 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.

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