The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services provides a wealth of information and resources through its official website. For other services, such as interviews and citizenship ceremonies, the federal agency has local offices in all major centers of the country.
The Santa Ana Field Office
The USCIS has divided California into four districts – Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, and San Francisco. The Los Angeles district has several field offices, one of which is the Santa Ana Field Office. The current address of this office is:
34 Civic Center Plaza Santa Ana, CA 92701
The field office serves applicants living in the following areas:
- Orange County (primary)
- Los Angeles
- Santa Barbara
- San Luis
Visiting a Field Office
Before visiting a field office, it’s useful to check if the information you need is available online. In terms of information, the field offices only supplement the information that’s already available on the USCIS website.
For example, if you’re interested in learning about your immigration options, you can do so online. The tool asks for your current status (green card holder, employer, etc.) and what you want to achieve to suggest immigration options. If you have filed a case, you can check the status or ask a question about your case online as well.
The USCIS also has some visiting requirements and information you should follow: It’s necessary to make appointments. The office work hours may change because of weather or other reasons, so check the agency’s site for updates before visiting. You’re not allowed to record or bring a firearm, knife, pepper spray, or ammo.
Case Processing Times
The USCIS site has a processing times section that gives times for many different forms. You can find out the case processing time by giving your field office. Here are the months it takes the Santa Ana Field Office to process three common applications:
- Naturalization (N-400): 13.5 months to 16 months
- Certificate of Citizenship (N-600): 7.5 months to 16 months
- Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322 (N-600K): 8 months to 23.5 months
These times are calculated based on historical data gathered around 2 months before it’s displayed on the agency’s page.
Field Office Appointments
The Citizenship Resources Center in the Citizenship Corner section has resources for:
- Immigrants looking to learn about naturalization and access materials to prepare for the naturalization test
- Educators looking for classroom resources and seminars on teaching civics, history, etc.
- Organizations looking to help immigrants
Besides the resources center, the citizenship section also has information about the early filing of the N-400 (Naturalization) application. You can file 90 days before you complete the time for filing a naturalization application if you are a permanent resident for 5 or more years or a permanent resident for 3 or more years if you’re married to a citizen.