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June 2012

Issue No. 15


What's Happening at Citizenship Now! 

Yiu Fai Chu
Volunteer of the Month 

For the last couple of months Yui Fai Chu has been a constant presence at our Citizenship Now! application assistance events.  After his own experience with the naturalization process, Yui knows first hand the satisfaction of becoming a U.S. citizen.  Through CUNY Citizenship Now! he has been able to help many individuals applying for citizenship and has made friends with volunteers and staff.  "Networking, seeing new people, meeting new people..." are big reasons for Yui to continue attending our events.  Read more about Yui and other Corps members!

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Recent Events    

On May 30th we held a weekday citizenship event at Hunter College in Manhattan.  We helped 34 participants complete their N-400 applications and another 22 were either referred to a center, or ineligible to apply that day.  This event was a nice warmup to our larger scaled event that took place a few days later on Saturday, June 2nd.  Over 50 volunteers and staff made their way deep into the Rockaways in Queens where we assisted 115 participants determine their eligibility for citizenship with 83 of them leaving with a completed application.


So far in 2012, we have assisted 1353 participants at our events with the Corps members volunteering 620 combined days. Congratulations!  Read More.  

May 19

2012 Citywide Citizenship Application Assistance
Event Recap

On Saturday, May 19th CUNY Citizenship Now! held its largest citizenship application assistance event ever. Thanks to over 180 volunteers and staff members, we were able to assist over 400 participants establish their eligibility for United States citizenship. Participants at the event were very thankful for the service provided to them and were impressed with the organization of the event. In attendance was New York USCIS District Director Andrea Quarantillo who stopped by and commended all the volunteers for their commitment to the immigrant community in New York. Your continued contributions will help build a more diverse New York.  Thanks! Click here to view photos and a complete recap of the event.



Unpacking the Legal Briefcase 



Returning Resident

"Any Lawful Permanent Resident who has been outside the United States and is returning to the United States Also defined as a "special immigrant."  If outside of the United States for more than 180 days, must apply for readmission to the United States.  If outside of the United States for more than one year and is returning to his or her permanent residence in the United States, usually must have a re-entry documentation from USCIS or an immigrant visa from the Department of State." (Source:
Click here for more information on qualifying for Returning Resident Status.


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At an event Rosa is screened to assess whether she is eligible for U.S. citizenship. She was born in Peru on September 15, 1962. She has been a permanent resident since October 5, 1997. She was arrested once in 1993 because her friend put an expensive watch in her bag while the two were shopping. She spent 13 months in jail as a result, but never had any other problems with the law. She does not have a disposition letter with her.


Which option best describes what to do next?

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Mark Your Calendars

June 30th, 2012

Citizenship Now! Application
Assistance Event in Queens
(Registration Open




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We are excited to welcome a new addition to the Citizenship Now! team. Natalia Navas is our new Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, and we give her a warm welcome. Volunteers will have an opportunity to meet her at our next citizenship event on June 30th.  




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This month's question is:

I am a U.S. Citizen while my wife is a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR). We have been

married for over five years now but my wife has
only been an LPR since August 14, 2009. I am looking into an expedited naturalization for my wife
based on work. I am about to begin with Harvard
University as a Master of Liberal Arts Student. I
have to complete a Master's thesis proposal and
eventually a thesis for which I will need to be in the
United Arab Emirates for about 12 to 20 months. I
don't get paid by the Harvard Extension School as
this is a self-paced research which one has to
complete in order to obtain the Masters of Liberal
Arts program. Does my wife qualify for an expedited
naturalization based on 319(b)?  

-Name Withheld

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