On November 20, 2021, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs is partnering with CUNY Citizenship Now for an in-person NYC Fall Citizenship Drive from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Middle School 2 located at 655 Parkside Ave in Brooklyn.
Experienced attorneys and trained volunteers will provide free citizenship application assistance to New Yorkers interested in applying for citizenship.
Appointments are required. To register, community members should call (646) 664-9400 or (212) 652-2071 or text 929-334-3784. Proof of vaccination is required for all attendees.
If you cannot attend, please call the ActionNYC Hotline at 1-800-354-0365 and say “Citizenship.” There will also be another large-scale application event on December 18, for which details will be shared later.
Minimum requirements to apply:
1. You are 18 years of age or older
2. You have lived in the United States as a green card holder (permanent resident) for five years (or three years if married to, and living with, the same U.S. citizen)
Documents to bring at the event:
1. Green card and all passports used in the last five years
2. Home/school/employment history for the last five years (or three years if married to a U.S. citizen)
3. Children’s information (date of birth, A#, addresses)
4. Marital history (information about your previous spouses)
5. If you have ever been arrested, cited or given a ticket, you must bring your certificate of disposition/MTA letter for each incident
Applicants must pay a $725 filing fee to USCIS unless they qualify for a fee waiver (see reverse). Please do not bring cash or money orders to the event.
Low-income New Yorkers who receive public benefits can apply for a fee waiver.
For public benefit recipients:
If you receive any of the following public benefits, you can receive help at the event to prepare a fee waiver request:
All Essential Plans
SNAP (food stamps)
Public Housing or Section 8 (Housing Choice Voucher Program)
What to bring to the event:
Bring a copy of the award letter from the state or federal agency granting you the benefit. (For example, SSI award or budget letter). The letter must:
* Be in English
* Be on agency letterhead
* Be dated within the past six months
* Clearly list your name as one of the persons receiving the benefit and the last date you were approved to receive the benefit
How to get your award letter:
For SSI Award letter, call 800-772-1213
For Medicaid (Proof of Medicaid Letter for Immigration), call 929-221-0866 (Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
For Essential Plan 1 and 2, call 855-355-5777
For SNAP (budget letter) or Cash Assistance, call 718-722-8009. You will need your case number and ZIP code
For Section 8 or Public Housing, call 718-707-7771