A record-setting 534 immigrants received free, personal assistance with their U.S. citizenship applications from more than 320 volunteers at the CUNY Citizenship Now! 2018 Application Assistance and Immigration Fair on June 30 at John Jay College.
It was the largest number of aspiring citizens the fair has aided since CUNY has conducted the event in partnership with the Daily News. In addition, scores of other immigrants connected with health, financial and education officials for help with services they could be eligible to receive.
“CUNY takes great pride in hosting the nation’s most extensive university-based legal assistance program for immigrants,” said Interim Chancellor Vita C. Rabinowitz. “CUNY Citizenship Now! is a shining example of the University’s unwavering commitment to its historic mission of serving the underserved. In the face of current federal policy, the program has never been more valuable and necessary in its 20-year history than it is today.”
Founded in 1998, CUNY Citizenship Now! provides free, high-quality, and confidential citizenship and immigration law services to all New Yorkers. It is the largest and oldest university-based immigration law program in the country. CUNY Citizenship Now’s attorneys and paralegals assist more than 10,000 individuals each year throughout the five boroughs.
The City University of New York is the nation’s leading urban public university. Founded in 1847, CUNY counts 13 Nobel Prize and 23 MacArthur (“Genius”) grant winners among its alumni. CUNY students, alumni and faculty have garnered scores of other prestigious honors over the years in recognition of historic contributions to the advancement of the sciences, business, the arts and myriad other fields. The University comprises 24 institutions: 11 senior colleges, seven community colleges, William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, CUNY Graduate Center, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY School of Law, CUNY School of Professional Studies and CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. The University serves more than 275,000 degree-seeking students. CUNY offers online baccalaureate and master’s degrees through the School of Professional Studies.