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February 2013

Issue No. 23


What's Happening at Citizenship Now! 

Jesus Guzman
Volunteer of the Month 

Jesus Guzman has been a Citizenship Now! Volunteer Corps member since April of last year, when he took part in our annual call-in event.  Since then Jesus has attended many citizenship events which he says helps increase his knowledge of immigration.  He says the main reason for volunteering is that "Allan, all the CUNY staff and each volunteer helping at the event do it with love."  He also loves baseball but, being new to New York he hasn't decided on a team yet. Mets or Yankees? Let's help Jesus decide, submit your choice in our poll when you read more about Jesus and our other Corps members!


Recent Events    

CUNY Citizenship Now! recently held two Citizenship Application Assistance Events. On January 18, we held an event in Manhattan sponsored by Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez.  We helped 67 participants out of which 43 completed their application for naturalization.  The following week we went to Staten Island where we held another event sponsored by MOIA and CIti Community Development, part of NYCitizenship in Schools.  At that event we assisted 34 participants in determining their eligibility and all but
two people walked out with a completed application.
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Volunteer Trainings Recap
Recently we conducted several trainings for members of our Volunteer Corps. At the training held on Tuesday, January 29th, we had an overview of the Citizenship Works online tool.  On February 4th and 6th we held two more trainings where we went over procedures for application assistance at our events.  We thank all the volunteers who attended and we look forward to seeing their skills be put into practice at our upcoming events.  If you are interested in attending a training and have yet to do so, feel free to contact us.   



Unpacking the Legal Briefcase 



Dual Citizenship

"Dual citizenship (or, dual nationality) means that a person is a citizen of two countries at the same time. Every country has its own laws and policies concerning dual nationality. The U.S. Government recognizes that dual nationality exists, but does not encourage it as a matter of policy. U.S. law does not mention dual nationality or require a person to choose one citizenship or another." (Source:
Click here to learn more about Dual Citizenship and to learn about countries with clear laws about dual citizenship.


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What does it mean when an applicant for naturalization agrees to take the "Oath of Allegiance"?


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Mark Your Calendars


Saturday February 23, 2013

Citizenship Now! Application
Assistance Event in Brooklyn
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Get Social:

As we continue growing our social media presence we want our volunteers to join the conversation.  If you're volunteering at an event and are a Twitter user, write to @CUNYCitizenship or use #CUNYCitizenshipNow in your tweets from the event.  If you are on Facebook, you can check in at the event and mention us. For those of you who have not liked us yet, we are at



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Become a Citizenship Now! Contributor 

Do you have an immigration

Ask here!

This month's question is:

I am a permanent resident. I was detained and
placed in removal proceedings because of two old
marijuana convictions. The immigration judge
granted me cancellation of removal, giving me the
chance to continue with my life here. I have been a
permanent resident for 17 years and employed. I
have no felony convictions. Can I become a U.S.
citizen? Thank you.  

-Name Withheld     


 Read the answer 



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