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August 2012

Issue No. 17


What's Happening at Citizenship Now! 

Ana Davila
Volunteer of the Month 

Ana Davila is a volunteer attorney and has been a member of the CUNY Citizenship Now! Volunteer Corps for almost three years.  She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York and became a volunteer as a way of giving back to the community.  Her family is originally from Puerto Rico and although they were automatically citizens, many including herself faced the same difficulties immigrants do today with language and employment opportunities. Read more about Ana and other Corps members!

August 2012 Event

Recent Events    

CUNY Citizenship Now! recently held a Citizenship Application Assistance Event in Brooklyn, at the Vanderveer Park United Methodist Church. This event was developed in partnership with Council Member Jumaane D. Williams.  With the help of 79 volunteers and 21 Citizenship Now! staff, we assisted 121 applicants in determining their eligibility for citizenship. Read More.  


Citizenship Now! Set to Take Action for CUNY Dreamers!
In the coming month, CUNY Citizenship Now! will conduct the first of many Deferred Action Application Assistance events.  These events will take place on CUNY Campuses. If you know CUNY students interested in this service, you can tell them to visit our Deferred Action page to learn more about this new program.



Unpacking the Legal Briefcase 



Visa Waiver Program

"Allows citizens of certain selected countries, traveling temporarily to the United States under the nonimmigrant admission classes of visitors for pleasure and visitors for business, to enter the United States without obtaining nonimmigrant visas. Admission is for no more than 90 days. The program was instituted by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (entries began 7/1/88). Under the Guam Visa Waiver Program, certain visitors from designated countries may visit Guam only for up to 15 days without first having to obtain nonimmigrant visitor visas." (Source:
Click here to for information on which countries are part of this program.


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Participate in Our Poll  



At an event Cesar is screened to assess whether he is eligible to naturalize. He was born in Chile on 4/12/1989 in wedlock. He became a permanent resident through an application on behalf of one of his parents on 1/5/2002. His mother and father both became citizens on 3/4/2007. He does not have any arrests and has not traveled out the country in the last five years. Cesar married his U.S. citizen wife on 12/20/2009.


Which option best describes what to do next?

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Mark Your Calendars

Saturday August 25, 2012

Deferred Action Application Assistance Event with the Legal Aid Society
(By invitation only)




  Bulletin Board

Introduction to Checkout:

As the Citizenship Now! Volunteer Corps continues to grow we are developing ways to provide a great experience for current and future volunteers.  One of the steps we have taken in order to ensure the stations are well covered and to better track volunteer participation is establishing "volunteer check out" at the end of each event.  We ask that you please visit the registration table and sign out before leaving.  Thanks! 



  Fun and Stuff 




Become a Citizenship Now! Contributor 

Do you have an immigration

Ask here!

This month's question is:

I am a 23-year-old US citizen. I was born in New
York and now I am petitioning for my father. The
problem, however, is that my father never married
my mother and was previously and still is married
to another person. My question is, how can I
petition for him since the I-130 form requires the
certificate of marriage of my parents? By the way,
the nationality of my father is Peruvian. Thank you in
advance for your help and consideration.

-Name Withheld     

Read the answer 



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