Pols, CUNY Bring Immigration Services to Queens

Pols, CUNY Bring Immigration Services to Queens

By Forum Staff

State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Woodhaven) and Councilwomen Joann Ariola (R-Ozone Park) and Lynn Schulman (D-Forest Hills) teamed up with CUNY Now! on Saturday at PS 60 in Woodhaven to bring a citizenship event to South Queens as part of the “Become a Citizen: Opportunities Await” series.

Over 140 people signed up for the well-organized event, where individuals were assisted with their citizenship application by CUNY staff and volunteers in a professional and timely manner.

The program aims to assist green card holders in applying for U.S. citizenship, providing them with access to benefits such as the ability to vote, easier travel, new job prospects, increased income potential, and other financial advantages. Furthermore, the children of applicants could automatically obtain U.S. citizenship.

“I am proud to be part of this program, which offers valuable assistance to our community members seeking to become citizens,” Addabbo said. “Citizenship is not just a status; it’s a responsibility and a privilege. It provides the opportunity to fully participate in and contribute to the growth and prosperity of our nation, and to shape its future for the better.”

Photo Courtesy of Google Woodhaven’s PS 60 hosted the event on Saturday.

Photo Courtesy of Google
Woodhaven’s PS 60 hosted the event on Saturday.

During the event, CUNY Now! assessed attendees’ eligibility for a fee waiver, potentially saving them a significant portion or the entire application fee. They received information and resources on various topics, including civil service job opportunities, applying to CUNY, preparing for the citizenship interview, and seeking interest-free loans for their citizenship application if they are ineligible for a fee waiver.

“My office is proud to sponsor events that help newcomers to our country legally pursue a path towards the American Dream,” Ariola said. “Since coming into office in 2022, we’ve directly assisted over 120 constituents on their journey to citizenship, and this event was able to expand our reach exponentially. It was great to see so many people going about things the right way, working with CUNY to become American citizens.”

All services at the event were provided free of charge, and participants were given guidance from the legal staff present regarding the application forms and process. Many times, at these events, attendees leave the event with a complete application package ready to be submitted to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.


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