NYCitizenship

Citizenship

 

NYCitizenship provides free legal help with citizenship applications at select public library branches. As part of NYCitizenship, you can:

  • Meet with a free, trusted lawyer
  • Apply for citizenship easily
  • Find out if you can apply for free
  • Get free, confidential financial counseling

An appointment is required to receive these services. To make an appointment call 311 and say "citizenship appointment" or call the NYCitizenship Hotline at 212-514-4277.

 

Participating libraries:

Bronx:

  • Bronx Library Center (Fordham)

Brooklyn:

  • Eastern Parkway Library
  • Flatbush Library
  • Kings Highway Library
  • New Utrecht Library

Manhattan:

  • Inwood Library
  • Science, Industry and Business Library (Midtown)

Queens:

  • Astoria Library
  • Central Library (Jamaica)
  • Flushing Library
  • Jackson Heights Library

Staten Island

  • St. George Library

 

NYCitizenship is supported by Citi Community Development, the Robin Hood Foundation, The Revson Foundation, the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, and the Mayor's Office of Economic Opportunity. The program is a partnership between the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, the Human Resources Administration, the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG), Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library, and Queens Library.

 

Applying for U.S. citizenship

Watch this video to learn about the process of applying to become a U.S. citizen and the benefits of free financial counseling.

 

Benefits of becoming a U.S. citizen

There are many benefits to becoming a citizen:

Financial:

  • You can apply to certain private and government jobs.
  • You save money over time because you do not have to pay a green card renewal fee.

Civic Engagement:

  • You can vote in elections.
  • You can serve on juries.
  • You can run for and hold an elected office.

Family immigration:

  • You can help your family members immigrate faster.
  • You can give automatic citizenship to your children who are under 18.

Travel:

  • You can travel without visas to certain countries.
  • You can get visas easier to other countries.
  • You can travel easier to and from the U.S.
  • You can travel for longer outside the U.S.