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CUNY Immigration Services

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New York State Senator Martin Malave Dilan greets a constituent being assisted by a Luz Medrano, CUNY Citizenship and Immigration Project staff attorney and a CUNY Law graduate.

The City University of New York has been an incubator for immigrant talent since the founding of the Free Academy in 1847 and remains committed to that legacy.  CUNY provides an array of services to immigrants on its campuses and throughout New York City.

CUNY has opened eight citizenship and immigration law service centers on its campuses to meet the needs of immigrants.  At each center, immigrants receive assistance in preparing applications for naturalization, citizenship, family petitions, asylum and applications for permanent residence.  The centers also assist international students with F-1 visa problems.  These services are available free of charge to all, regardless of their affiliation with CUNY.

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Citizenship and Immigration Project Director Allan Wernick, assists a client with an immigration problem.

The CUNY/NYC Citizenship Corps, developed in conjunction with the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and the Department of Youth and Community Development, has been designed to expand the availability of citizenship application and immigration law counseling services in New York City.  The Corps holds “citizenship days” in schools, libraries, community based organizations and on CUNY campuses.  These events, staffed by volunteer attorneys and paralegals trained in citizenship and immigration law, are provided free of charge to the community. 

To train paralegals, counselors and attorneys, CUNY’s School of Professional Studies has created an Immigration Law Certificate Program geared toward professionals and volunteers who deal with immigration issues in their work.  To earn the Certificate, students take up to four classes providing up-to-date information on immigration law, regulation and policy. 

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Project staff and volunteers advise immigrants on to how to get U.S. citizenship and permanent residence. On the left is Rafael Dominguez, Citizenship Project outreach coordinator.

The culmination of the immigrant experience is the moment when a person becomes a citizen.  CUNY provides facilities on its campuses to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services for the swearing in ceremonies of new citizens.  At the ceremonies, representatives of the CUNY Citizenship and Immigration Services staff a table providing voter registration and immigration law information, while college admissions staff provide information on educational opportunities at the campus.

To learn more about CUNY’s immigration services go to www.cuny.edu/citizenshipnow.