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April 2013

Issue No. 25


What's Happening at Citizenship Now! 

Bosondo Braun
Volunteer of the Month 

Bosondo Braun joined the Citizenship Now! Volunteer Corps about two years ago. Originally from Zaire, now called the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bosondo's experiences have influenced her to help out her immigrant community. She says that the reason she volunteers with CUNY Citizenship Now! is because "it is an organization that is honest in what they do. They also provide comfort for volunteers and the people they serve(...)".  Read more about Bosondo and other Corps members!

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Recent Events    

CUNY Citizenship Now! recently held three Citizenship Application Assistance Events. On March 23, we teamed up with MOIA to offer a NYCitizenship event at LaGuardia Community College. We helped 125 participants, out of which 99 completed their application for naturalization.  One person was told that she possibly derived U.S. citizenship, so she was referred to one of our immigration centers for further consultation.  On April 6th, we held our second citizenship event at LaGuardia Community College, sponsored by Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer.  At that event we assisted 94 participants in determining their eligibility for citizenship.  Our last event was held on April 13th and we once again teamed up with MOIA to hold a NYCitizenship in Schools event at Medgar Evers College.  At the event we assisted 109 participants with a record number of participants (7) being informed that they might have derived U.S. citizenship, so they were also referred to a center. Read More.


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CUNY/Daily News
Citizenship NOW! Call-in
Training Recap

After weeks of preparation we held our annual CUNY/Daily News Citizenship NOW! Call-in Training.  The training, held on April 16th, was an overview of immigration law and the procedures for the call-in event.  It was also the largest training we have ever held as volunteer attendance increased more than 50% compared to last year.  We thank the record number of volunteers (267) who attended and those who watched it through live streaming on our website.  We are looking forward to next week to see how the skills learned at the training will be put to use during the call-in.  If you missed the training, feel free to check out the recap of the day and review the preparation materials which will be available on our website soon.    



Unpacking the Legal Briefcase 



K-1 Nonimmigrant Visa

"The fiancÚ(e) K-1 nonimmigrant visa is for the foreign-citizen fiancÚ(e) of a United States (U.S.) citizen. The K-1 visa permits the foreign-citizen fiancÚ(e) to travel to the United States and marry his or her U.S. citizen sponsor within 90 days of arrival. The foreign-citizen will then apply for adjustment of status to a permanent resident (LPR) with the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Because a fiancÚ(e) visa permits the holder to immigrate to the U.S. and marry a U.S. citizen shortly after arrival in the United States, the fiancÚ(e) must meet some of the requirements of an immigrant visa. Eligible children of K-1 visa applicants receive K-2 visas." (Source:
Click here to learn about the eligibility requirements for the fiancÚ(e) K-1 nonimmigrant visa.


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Participate in Our Poll  



You are volunteering at the Application Assistance station during a group naturalization processing workshop. A participant sits down at your table and hands you her naturalization application, which she has completed on her own. She tells you that she only needs to have the application reviewed. How do you proceed with the participant?


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Mark Your Calendars


CUNY/Daily News
Citizenship NOW! Call-in
April 22nd-26th, 2013 

(Registration Open Until 5 p.m. 4/19/13) 



  Bulletin Board


  • For those who have registered to attend the 2012 CUNY/Daily News Citizenship NOW! Call-in, please note that the Call-in will take place next week from April 22nd - April 26th, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to
    7:00 p.m. daily at the following location:
    The New Community College at CUNY
    50 West 40th Street, 4th Floor
    Between Fifth and Sixth Avenues
    New York, NY 10018
    Get Directions 



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This month's question is:

My father is a U.S. citizen born here in the United
States. My mother brought my brother and I here
when we were age 18. We are now age 21. Are we
U.S. citizens because our father is American or
must we apply?     

-Name Withheld     

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