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May 2013

Issue No. 26


What's Happening at Citizenship Now! 

Nominate a Volunteer
Volunteer of the Month

Every month we ask volunteers to submit their stories so that we can highlight them in this section of our monthly newsletter.  This month we are giving everyone a voice, so we want you to nominate a fellow Volunteer Corps Member for Volunteer of the Month.  Click here to nominate a volunteer.  You can also continue to nominate yourself here. And don't forget to read about the volunteer of the Month, Sainslot Belizaire.

Call-in 2013


CUNY/Daily News Citizenship Now! Call-in 2013 Recap       

The totals are in! During the week of our annual CUNY/Daily News Citizenship NOW! Call-in, over 400 of you came out to volunteer to answer phone calls and provide information to New Yorkers. With immigration reform on everybody's mind this year, the call-in was even more crucial to immigrants in need. By the end of the week, success was evident: we helped 13,311 callers with their immigration questions!  We truly cannot thank you enough for taking time out of your day to volunteer and improve the lives of thousands of people each year. View some videos and pictures of the call-in.

       Citywide 2013 event  

2013 Citywide Citizenship Application Assistance
Event Recap

On Saturday, May 11th CUNY Citizenship Now! held its annual Citywide Citizenship Application Assistance Event at John Jay College.  Thanks to over 180 volunteers and CUNY Citizenship Now! staff, we assisted 366 participants establish their eligibility for United States citizenship. Participants at the event were very thankful for the service provided to them and were impressed with the organization of the event. Click here to view photos and a complete recap of the event.     



Unpacking the Legal Briefcase 



Board of Immigration Appeals

"The part of the Executive Office for Immigration Review that is authorized to review most decisions of Immigration Judges and some types of decisions of Department of Homeland Security officers." (Source:
Click here to for more information.


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Participate in Our Poll  



You are volunteering at one of our citizenship application assistance events. A participant who is interested in applying for citizenship shows you her expired green card and asks you whether she can still apply for naturalization. How do you respond?  


Click here to answer

Volunteer Corner


 The Volunteer Corner


Mark Your Calendars


May 18th, 2013

Citizenship Now! Application
Assistance Event in Brooklyn
(Registration Open Until 4 p.m. 5/17/13)


June 8th, 2013

Citizenship Now! Application
Assistance Event in Queens (Tentative)


June 15th, 2013

Citizenship Now! Application
Assistance Event in Queens
Register Now!


June 29th, 2013

Citizenship Now! Application
Assistance Event in Brooklyn (Tentative)



  Bulletin Board


We are excited to welcome Stina Rosenquistour new Volunteer Engagement Coordinator to the Citizenship Now! team. We give her a warm welcome. Many volunteers had the opportunity to meet her at last month's CUNY/Daily News Citizenship Now! Call-in and at our Citywide Citizenship Application Assistance Event last week. 



  Fun and Stuff 




Become a Citizenship Now! Contributor 

Do you have an immigration

Ask here!

This month's question is:

I have a couple of questions to, hopefully, help in my wife's situation. I am in the U.S. Navy currently serving on an aircraft carrier. I am soon to change duty stations to outside the United States. My wife was is a foreign national  and currently holds a ten-year permanent resident card but isn't able to apply for naturalization until for several more months I am afraid she will get her approved naturalization papers close to the time we are due to move  outside the United States. I am trying to complete all the necessary paperwork as soon as possible but I was under the impression she would have to wait until she gets naturalized to get her passport...     

-Name Withheld     

 Read the full question and answer 



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A. Sofia Carreno


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Allan Wernick, Esq.



Gabriel Espinal 

This Month's Newsletter and
Member Network Contributors

Tom Shea, Esq.
Alexandra Lee, Esq.
Stina Rosenquist
James McGovern 

David Sturniolo