April 9, 2015 | Participant Stories


Carlos Reyes came to the United States nine years ago with his wife and children. He has since worked in construction. In the year before he applied for citizenship, work slowed down. However, he had his heart set on applying for his citizenship. Carlos learned about the free immigration services that CUNY offers, and thought this was his chance to finally apply.  He could afford the fees, and he would get reliable assistance at no cost.

So he went to one of the CUNY Citizenship Now! application assistance events. There he got the assistance he needed, and soon after, he and his wife became U.S. citizens. Now, they are in the process of requesting proof of citizenship for their two children, 9 and 17. And CUNY Citizenship Now! is helping them again at our Hostos Immigration Center in the Bronx. When asked about what is the best thing about having become a U.S. Citizen, Carlos says without hesitation, “Having the same rights as someone born here.”

Read Carlos’ story as reported by the New York Daily News