Over 300 volunteers will be standing by, to provide you with information on immigration issues such as U.S. citizenship, permanent residence, family petitions and deferred action. Our Volunteers can also refer you to free and low cost immigration services in your area and provide information about English and civics classes. All volunteers are under the supervision of Citizenship Now! staff attorneys and attorneys volunteering from the Legal Aid Society and American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) attorneys, and Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) accredited representatives.

Since the Call-in first began in 2004, we have answered over 123,000 phone calls, providing information and referrals. Phone lines will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, and assistance is available in a variety of languages.

The people who staff the CUNY/Daily News Citizenship NOW! Call-in phone lines are available to give information only.  They are not attorneys for callers and cannot give you specific legal advice.  The call-in is not intended as, and is not a substitute for, legal advice provided by an attorney retained to counsel and assist a client on a specific problem or situation.  You should consult an attorney specializing in immigration law if you are in need of such services.  The Daily News and CUNY make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, as to information given to callers by the Citizenship Now! experts, and under no circumstances will they be liable to any caller or other person for damages of any nature arising in any way from the use of such information.


The call-in was a vision shared by Jay Hershenson, Senior Vice Chancellor for University Relations for the City University of New York (CUNY) and the Martin Dunn, former Editor-In-Chief of the New York Daily News. Together, they approached immigration attorney and Daily News columnist and CUNY Citizenship Now! Director Allan Wernick to organize the event.

Year after year, the dedication of our volunteers is what makes the call-in so successful. Many of the volunteers are also members of the CUNY/NYC Citizenship Now! Volunteer Corps {Support Us/Volunteer} and participate in our community-based naturalization application assistance events. Prior to each year’s call-in, CUNY Citizenship Now! holds a full-day training session for all volunteers. The training covers the basics of immigration law and familiarizes volunteers with the publications and resources available to them during the week.

The call-in has generated support from the New York business community. Tech sponsors have included Presidio and Cisco. Univision and WABC-TV, our media partners, have been instrumental in building support within the community.

The event is widely supported by some of New York’s most influential elected officials. United States Senators Chuck Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand, current Mayor Bill de Blasio and former Mayor Michael Bloomberg have all visited to offer words of encouragement.

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