Frequently Asked Questions: Citizenship – FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs



  1. What are the requirements to become a U.S. citizen?
  2. Can I take the Citizenship Test in my native language?
  3. Does Catholic Charities Offer Citizenship Classes?
  4. When Can I take the placement Test?
  5. When and where are Citizenship classes held?




1. United States of America Citizenship Requirements:

You must:

  • Be a lawful Permanent Resident for at least 5 years OR 3 years if married to a U.S. Citizen.
  • Have been physically living in the U.S. continuously for the last 5 years
  • Be of good moral character
  • Be able to speak, read and write basic English
  • Be able to pass a civics test on U.S. history and government


2. You may be eligible to take the Citizenship test in your native language if:

  • You are at least 50 years old and have at least 20 years as a Permanent Resident; or
  • You are at least 55 years old and have at least 15 years as a Permanent Resident; or
  • You are at least 65 years old and have at least 20 years as a Permanent Resident


3. Citizenship Classes:

FREE Citizenship Classes are offered through Catholic Charities of Orange County. Classes are offered to those who are doing their interview in English.

You will be placed in the correct level according to your placement test.

Class Material: $10 for course book.


4. When can I take the Citizenship Placement Test?

You can come in on any Tuesday or Wednesday between 5:30 and 9:00 p.m.

All students must take the placement test. The test usually takes about a half hour.


5. When are the Citizenship Classes?

Citizenship classes are offered Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 9:00pm.

Citizenship Class Location:

Catholic Charities of Orange County

Administration Office

1820 East 16th Street

Santa Ana, CA 92701

Tel: 714-347-9610