NEW letterheader

January 2013

Issue No. 22


What's Happening at Citizenship Now! 

Nubia Espana
Volunteer of the Month 

Nubia Espana has been a Citizenship Now! Volunteer Corps member for close to two years.  As a volunteer Nubia says CUNY Citizenship Now! allows her to help and bring hope to "her immigrant brothers and sisters."  She came to the United States at 21 and did not speak one word of English.  Fast forward to today and she is a successful professional mother of three who teaches English as a Second Language (ESL).  Read more about Nubia and our other Corps members!

January 2013 Events

Recent Events    

CUNY Citizenship Now! recently held its first two Citizenship Application Assistance Events of 2013 at The City College in Manhattan. Our first event held on January 11, was a computer-based event where we helped 23 participants apply for citizenship.  The next day we held a larger scale event where 41 volunteers assisted 80 New Yorkers with their citizenship applications.  Council Member Inez E. Dickens, who sponsored the event credited all the volunteers and CUNY Citizenship Now! staff with making this event happen.  Read More.

       computer based event  

Upcoming Citizenship Now! Trainings
Citizenship Now! will soon begin holding several trainings for volunteers. Our first confirmed training is scheduled for Tuesday, January 29th.  The training will be an overview on the Citizenship Works online tool that makes it easier for participants to fill out their N-400 form at our events.  On February 4th we will hold an application assistance training that will be open also to new Corps members.  This training will be repeated on February 6th.  Keep your eyes open for an invitation in your inbox soon! 



Unpacking the Legal Briefcase 



Derivative Citizenship

"Citizenship conveyed to children through the naturalization of parents or, under certain circumstances, to foreign-born children adopted by U.S. citizen parents, provided certain conditions are met." (Source:
Click here to learn more about Derivative Citizenship as well as other ways for someone to obtain citizenship through their parents.


Question mark


Participate in Our Poll  



You are a volunteer at the "Application Assistance" station. You are helping a participant complete the Form N-400. You are at Part 7.C of the form that requests you to list all the trips of 24 hours or more the applicant has taken outside the United States since becoming a lawful permanent resident.

True or False?
You need only list trips outside the United States for the last five years (or 3 years) based on the amount of time the applicant can demonstrate continuous residence in the United States. You do not need to list trips more than 5 (or 3) years ago because by statute (i.e., the Immigration and Nationality Act) the applicant for naturalization need only demonstrate trips for her/his statutory period of continuous residence.


Click here to answer

Volunteer Corner


 The Volunteer Corner


Mark Your Calendars


Saturday January 26, 2013

Citizenship Now! Application
Assistance Event in Staten Island
Register Now!



Saturday February 9, 2013

Citizenship Now! Application
Assistance Event in Queens
Register Now!



  Bulletin Board


At Citizenship Now! we are always trying to improve the quality of services we provide at our events.  We also aim to make the participants and volunteers' experience, a pleasant one.  As we have been telling our volunteers in our event invitations over the past months, we assign our volunteers to stations based in factors like skills, experience and the needs of the event.  We make these assignments before the event.  Therefore, we no longer can accommodate walk-in volunteers at our events.  Please do not show up on the day of an event without having registered.  Please make sure to register prior to our events, and when you do so, make sure that you
receive a confirmation message (click
here to view a sample confirmation
).  If you don't receive one, please contact us at and we'll be happy to help. Thank you for understanding.  



  Fun and Stuff 




Become a Citizenship Now! Contributor 

Do you have an immigration

Ask here!

This month's question is:

I was charged with possessing a knife, but the judge discharged the case. This happened when I was just 17. Will I have a problem becoming a U.S. citizen?


-Name Withheld     


 Read the answer 



View our videos on YouTube  Find us on Facebook  Follow us on Twitter   
Member Network

Managing Editor

A. Sofia Carreno


Legal Editor

Allan Wernick, Esq.



Gabriel Espinal 

This Month's Newsletter and
Member Network Contributors

Tom Shea, Esq.
Susan Thorn, Esq. 

David Sturniolo