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December 2012

Issue No. 21


What's Happening at Citizenship Now! 

Fanny Lauby
Volunteer of the Month 

Fanny Lauby has been a Citizenship Now! Volunteer Corps member for almost two years. Since then she has attended many citizenship events and really likes the unexpectedness of it all. She is originally from France and is currently an international student at the CUNY Graduate Center. As a volunteer she looks to make a positive difference in someone's life. She recently attended one of our several Deferred Action events.  Read more about Fanny and other Corps members!

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Recent Events    

CUNY Citizenship Now! recently held three Citizenship Application Assistance Events in Queens and Manhattan. Our first event in Queens was developed in partnership with Queens Borough President Helen Marshall.  This event was unique in that it took place in the midst of the holiday shopping season at the Queens Center Mall.  Our other two events were held in conjunction with MOIA as part of the NYCitizenship initiative.  A few lucky participants were told that they did not need to fill out the N-400 and were elated to find out that they were already U.S. citizens.  Read More.


CUNY Month Recap
This year's CUNY Month begun with us having to postpone or cancel a couple of events due to the unfortunate events related to Hurricane Sandy.  However, during four weekday events held on various CUNY campuses, over 60 volunteers contributed more than 800 hours of service to New York's immigrant community. Many volunteers changed their normal schedules to come and lend a hand. Of the 130 participants who attended these events, 107 left with completed N-400 applications ready to mail. We would like to extend our thanks to all of our dedicated volunteers, as well as the staff at Bronx Community College, Baruch College, Queensborough Community College and Borough of Manhattan Community College for making our events possible. We could not have done it without you, and we're looking forward to next year!  Read the Full Events Recap..



Unpacking the Legal Briefcase 




"An alien seeking admission at a port of entry who does not meet the criteria in the INA for admission. The alien may be placed in removal proceedings or, under certain circumstances, allowed to withdraw his or her application for admission." (Source:
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Participate in Our Poll  



You are assisting a participant to complete the Form N-400.  When you get to question 16 in Part 10.D on page 8 of the form, you ask the participant whether she has "ever been arrested, cited, or detained by a law enforcement officer."  She responds "no" but that she received a speeding ticket for $200 about two years ago and another ticket about a year ago for $150 for failure to stop at a red light.  How do you respond to question #16:  Yes or No?


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Mark Your Calendars


Saturday January 12, 2012

Citizenship Now! Application
Assistance Event in Manhattan
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Friday January 18, 2012

Citizenship Now! Application
Assistance Event in Manhattan
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  Bulletin Board


With a new year upon us, we are excited to welcome a new addition to the Citizenship Now! team. Thomas Shea is our new Director of Legal Services. Some of you have met Tom at several of our recent events.  We give Tom a warm welcome!  



  Fun and Stuff 




Become a Citizenship Now! Contributor 

Do you have an immigration

Ask here!

This month's question is:

My friend is petitioning for her parents, but she
could not file an affidavit of support due to low
income. She asked me to help by filing the affidavit
of support for her parents. The question is who will
be liable for her parents' financial support. If her
parents apply for public assistance, will the SSI
deduct any dues in my paychecks? Will there be
any financial liaibilities for filing the affidavit of
support for her parents?  

-Name Withheld     


 Read the answer 


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