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NYCitizenship in Schools

The NYCitizenship in Schools initiative is dedicated to helping immigrant New Yorkers on their way to becoming U.S. citizens. At our service events, you will receive free information and legal assistance from qualified attorneys who will help you complete the naturalization application (Form N-400). You will also receive information about financing options available to help you cover the cost of the application fee.

In order to be eligible, you must be a Lawful Permanent Resident (green card holder) for at least four years and nine months OR two years and nine months if married to and living with a U.S. citizen. All information is free and confidential.

Read more about eligibility and what to bring to a service event.

The NYCitizenship in Schools initiative is dedicated to helping immigrant New Yorkers on their way to becoming U.S. citizens. At our

  • September 20, 2014
    Bronx – Venue TBD
  • October 18, 2014
    Queens – Hillcrest High School
  • November 22, 2014
    Queens – Venue TBD
  • December 20, 2014
    Brooklyn – TBD
  • January 24, 2015
    Bronx – Venue TBD
  • February 7, 2015
    Queens – Venue TBD
  • March 21, 2015
    Brooklyn – TBD
  • June 13, 2015
    Queens – TBD
  • July 11, 2015
    Brooklyn – TBD

REGISTER FOR AN EVENT or call (212) 788-7654 or call our office at 212-788-7654

 

About NYCitizenship in Schools

In October 2011, The NYCitizenship Initiative gave New York City employees and their family members who are lawful permanent residents access to experienced lawyers and other immigration professionals to provide free legal information and assistance to help them apply for naturalization or citizenship.

Read the Press Release

In 2012, NYCitizenship was rebranded as NYCitizenship in Schools and expanded services to all legal permanent residents living in New York with a child in public school. With this expansion, the program helped not only parents naturalize, but made it possible for their children under 18 with green cards to derive citizenship at no additional cost.

Read the Press Release (En español)
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For the 2014-2015 program year, NYCitizenship in Schools is once again expanding to help more New Yorkers on their way to naturalization. Now, legal permanent residents who receive services from a New York City agency will also be eligible to attend our service events.

NYCitizenship in Schools is a coordinated effort between:

Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs
Department of Education
Office of Financial Empowerment
United States Citizenship & Immigration Services
City University of New York Citizenship Now!
Urban Upbound Credit Union
*Funding for this project is generously provided by Citi Community Development

In the press:

New York 1

El Diario NY

Marti Noticias

Alegrie Patriotique

Le Nouvel Observat

For other forms of free or low-cost immigration assistance, visit:

ELIGIBILITY

In order to apply for U.S. Citizenship, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Reside in the United States as a green card holder (legal permanent resident) for five years (three years if living with and married to a U.S. citizen)
  • Live in the United States for half of the five or three year period
  • You are at least 18 years old

Documents to bring:

  • Green card and all passports since obtaining green card
  • A list of all trips taken outside the U.S. since obtaining green card
  • Home addresses for the last five years (three years if married to a U.S. citizen)
  • Parents’ information (naturalization date if applicable, date of birth, country of origin)
  • Children’s information (date of birth, A#, addresses)*
  • Employment history for the last five years (three years if married to a U.S. citizen)*
  • Marital history for you and your spouse*
  • Criminal history*
    *If applicable

Applicants pay a $680 filing fee to USCIS. A fee waiver or micro-loan option may be available. (You do NOT have to bring money to the event.)

Fee Waiver Application
A fee waiver is available to those that are unable to pay for the $680 filing fee. To qualify, you must prove "inability to pay" by showing USCIS that you receive public benefits, that your household income is 150% below the federal poverty guidelines, and/or that you have extraordinary expenses that make it impossible to pay the fee. 

In order to apply for the fee waiver, the following documents are needed:

  • Copy of benefit award letters (if applicable)
    • To request Food Stamp Award letter, call (718) 722-8009
    • To request SSI Award letter, call (1-800) 772-1213
  • Copy of Medicaid Award letter, and/or public benefits cards (if applicable)
    • To request Medicaid Award letter, call (212) 695-054
  • Copy of IRS tax returns for the most recent tax year, most recent pay stubs, or other proof of income for all household members

New York State Immigration Hotline: (800) 566-7636 - General information about immigration and referrals

Upcoming service event dates(you MUST register for an appointment):

 


About NYCitizenship Initiative 2011
In October 2011, The NYCitizenship Initiative offered New York City employees and their family members who are lawful permanent residents access to experienced lawyers and other immigration professionals to provide free legal information and assistance to help them apply for naturalization or citizenship.

Read the Press Release

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