CUNY, Trio of Queens Leaders Partner For Citizenship Event

 State Sen. Joseph Addabbo has partnered with Councilmember Eric Ulrich, Councilmember Bob Holdenand CUNY for a citizenship application assistance event Saturday. Photo courtesy of Addabbo’s office.

State Sen. Joseph Addabbo has partnered with Councilmember Eric Ulrich, Councilmember Bob Holdenand CUNY for a citizenship application assistance event Saturday. Photo courtesy of Addabbo’s office.

By David Brand

State Sen. Joseph Addabbo, Councilmember Eric Ulrich and Councilmember Bob Holden will partner with the City University of New York for a citizenship application assistance event at the Woodhaven School on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the New Americans Campaign will also participate in the event as part of the CUNY Citizenship Now initiative.

“Queens is one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse areas in the United States, and I am delighted to be a sponsor of an event that will help local immigrants navigate the sometimes complex process of becoming American citizens,” Addabbo said. “This event will enable those interested in achieving citizenship to meet with experienced lawyers and immigration professionals free of charge, and to begin the process of filing the necessary paperwork.”

Applicants who are eligible for a full or partial waiver from the $725 filing fee required by the USCIS will receive assistance at the event, according to the CUNY event page.

Citizenship applicants must be 18 years of age or older. They must have lived in the United States as a green card holder (permanent resident) for five years, or for three years if married to and living with the same U.S. citizen.

Eligible applicants must be at least 18 years old and have resided in the U.S. as permanent residents for at least five years, or three years if married and living with a U.S. citizen.

“The CUNY Citizenship Now campaign is providing an invaluable service to immigrants who dream of becoming official American citizens,” said Addabbo. “I hope those who are interested in applying will take advantage of this important opportunity.”