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October 2012

Issue No. 19


What's Happening at Citizenship Now! 

Dea Shkupi
Volunteer of the Month 

Dea Shkupi has been a Citizenship Now! Volunteer Corps member for over two and half years. She is a volunteer attorney who speaks three foreign languages, which she enjoys using when communicating with people applying for citizenship.  Her contribution to helping participants is something she is fond of because her family, like many families she helps, came to the United States after leaving their country and started a new life in America.  Read more about Dea and other Corps members!

Recent Events

Recent Events    

CUNY Citizenship Now! held two Deferred Action Application Assistance Events and one computer based citizenship event at CUNY Express.  We also conducted two smaller Deferred Action Assistance events where we helped about 20 Dreamers with their DACA applications.  In total we assisted 174 participants at these events.  Read More.


Citizenship Now! Services at Council Member's Offices
Recently CUNY Citizenship Now! received funding from the New York City Council to provide free Citizenship application assistance to New Yorkers.  The services, which began on October 1, 2012, will be offered at the offices of 30 Council Members on a weekly or monthly basis through June 30, 2013.  Speaker Christine Quinn and her colleagues on the New York City Council deserve special recognition for their efforts to expand access to free citizenship application assistance.  Click here to view our list of centers at Council Member Offices.



Unpacking the Legal Briefcase 



Transit Alien

"An alien in immediate and continuous transit through the United States, with or without a visa, including, 1) aliens who qualify as persons entitled to pass in transit to and from the United Nations Headquarters District and foreign countries and 2) foreign government officials and their spouses and unmarried minor (or dependent) children in transit." (Source:
Click here for more information on transit visas.


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Participate in Our Poll  



At an event you assist Lucy in filling out an N-400 form. She tells you she was born in Belize on 3/7/1952. She received her green card on 01/28/1992 through her sister and entered the U.S. on 1/30/1992. She was married in her country and never divorced, but did not mention it on her application for a green card and does not have any records of it. She has no trips outside the U.S. and does not owe any income taxes. She has been married to her U.S. citizen husband since 2/30/2009.


Which option best describes what to do next?

Click here to answer

Mark Your Calendars

Saturday October 27, 2012

Citizenship Now! Application
Assistance Event in the Bronx
Register Now!

Saturday November 3, 2012

Haitian TPS Application Assistance Event in Brooklyn
(By invitation only)



  Bulletin Board

Job Openings:

CUNY Citizenship Now! currently has an open position for a Special Projects Assistant.  Click here to find the job description.  

CUNY Graduate School of Journalism currently has a translator job opportunity for their Voices of NY project. Click here for more information on how to apply.   



  Fun and Stuff 




Become a Citizenship Now! Contributor 

Do you have an immigration

Ask here!

This month's question is:

I have a question about my husband's case. He was arrested in 2004 for possession of Khat. He didn't go to jail but he got probation. Will his conviction keep him from getting his green card? In the past he's never been in trouble. He works hard. Can you please help him.

-Nagate Salah, New York     

 Read the answer 



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