Group of CUNY Citizenship Now! staff members

WHO ARE WE

We are the largest university legal assistance program in the nation providing free and confidential citizenship and immigration law services since 1997. With more than 70 employees, 6 full-time centers and more than 30 part-time locations, we believe in empowering immigrants so that they are in control of their immigration case, a model of legal assistance called pro se. Through this model, our attorneys and paralegals help more than 1,500 individuals each year, all on the path to citizenship. In addition to our one-on-one services, we have also developed a model to help large groups with their immigration applications. The model is nationally recognized, has been implemented by other organizations, and has served thousands of immigrants who cannot afford to pay for private attorneys. We also work with our partners to offer Civics classes and workshops about immigrant rights, business creation, and finances. Annually, we hold more than 20 community-based events, not including seminars or classes.

LEGAL SERVICES

Our attorney Stephanie Delia helps a participant complete the N-400 form

We help immigrants complete applications for citizenship, DACA, TPS, family-based petitions, and others, and provide consultations on other immigration matters.

LOCATIONS

Paralegal at our CUNY XPress Office

You can find our centers in every New York City borough. Just call one of our centers to make an appointment to receive free help from one of our staff members.

EVENTS

Volunteer assists participant at one of our events

We bring our free citizenship services to a New York City neighborhood on Saturdays, twice a month to help hundreds of green card holders with their applications.

CALL-IN

Volunteers answer phones during our call-in 2017

Our call-in answers caller’s questions regarding various immigration topics, such as how to obtain U.S. citizenship and how to petition for relatives. To date, more than 170,000 callers have called us.

CIVICS CLASSES

New-York Historical Society

We offer Civics classes to prepare permanent residents for the naturalization exam. We have partnerships with Hostos Community College and the New-York Historical Society to offer this service.