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November 2012

Issue No. 20


What's Happening at Citizenship Now! 

Celeste Tejeda
Volunteer of the Month 

Celeste Tejeda joined the Citizenship Now! Volunteer Corps earlier this year. Since then, she has attended many citizenship events and volunteer trainings.  She is originally from the Dominican Republic where she regularly volunteered at an institution helping children from low income communities.  She is now a U.S. citizen, but took a risk in applying on her own.  After she enrolled in CUNY she found out about Citizenship Now! and she encourages others to volunteer.  Read more about Celeste and other Corps members!


Recent Events    

CUNY Citizenship Now! held its final two Deferred Action Application Assistance Events, one citizenship event with MOIA and a Haitian TPS Application Assistance event with the Legal Aid Society.   We were able to assist 272 participants in determining their eligibility for Deferred Action, Citizenship, or Temporary Protected Status.  As always volunteers like yourself are the reason why we are able to assist such a huge number of people and we thank you very much.  Read More.


Citizenship Now! Kicks off CUNY Month
November is here, which means it is CUNY Month and Citizenship Now! is getting ready to kick off the annual celebration.  This year we will be hosting four citizenship application assistance events in Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx.  Our first event begins today
was last Friday at Baruch College followed by an event today at Queensborough Community College.  After we all enjoy our Thanksgiving break we will have two events one on November 26, at BMCC and another one on November 30 at Bronx Community College.  With all that New York City has gone through over the past month it is vital that we come together and combine our efforts to help all New Yorkers.  Click here to visit the CUNY Month website.



Unpacking the Legal Briefcase 



Voluntary Departure

"The departure of an alien from the United States without an order of removal. The departure may or may not have been preceded by a hearing before an immigration judge. An alien allowed to voluntarily depart concedes removability but does not have a bar to seeking admission at a port-of-entry at any time. Failure to depart within the time granted results in a fine and a ten-year bar to several forms of relief from deportation." (Source:
Click here for more information on voluntary departure.


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Now that President Obama has been re-elected, what do you think are the chances of immigration reform passing next year?


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Volunteer Corner


 The Volunteer Corner


Mark Your Calendars


Monday November 19, 2012

Citizenship Now! Application
Assistance Event in Queens
Register Now!

Monday November 26, 2012

Citizenship Now! Application
Assistance Event in Manhattan
Register Now!

Friday November 30, 2012

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



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This month's question is:

I was a permanent resident, living in  California, married to  an American citizen.  We had two kids.  In 2008 I came to Brazil and I stayed there for more than a year.  I tried to get permission to return , so I tried to get re-entry permission, it wasn't approved and I was told to wait until March 2012.   What should I do now?   Should my husband apply again and start over the process? He is still in California and we are still married.

-Joelma Tinkler, Sao Paulo Brazil    


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