The IRC in NY’s attorney-led Immigration team supports clients on their paths towards American citizenship throughout the year. The Immigration team serves not only refugees and asylee clients, but the larger New York City immigrant community through assistance in applying for green cards, travel documents, employment authorization, visa applications, family reunification petitions, assistance for unaccompanied minors and citizenship.
In 2018, the IRC in NY guided the completion of over 100 naturalization applications and over 200 Lawful Permanent Resident applications. Part of these services include outreach events outside of the office to meet clients in their local community, often libraries with available computers and resources. The IRC network across the U.S. is committed to providing high quality legal assistance to immigrant communities in an increasingly tense and stressful climate for individuals with different legal statuses.
On March 15th, the IRC hosted an immigration workshop at the Queens Library in Long Island City to assist applicants with citizenship submissions. The IRC in NY’s Immigration Coordinator, Nik, Immigration Caseworker Carlos, the IRC in Elizabeth’s Immigration Caseworker Marjorie, and Maia, an Immigration intern working with the IRC in NY this semester, recruited volunteers and coordinated the day in partnership with the Queens Library. This open event encourages potential applicants to visit a local library closer to their home than the IRC in NY’s midtown office to receive guidance on their citizenship applications. The IRC in NY hopes to broaden outreach and assist immigrant communities across New York City with their legal status needs.
IRC in NY staff and volunteers used Citizenshipworks software to complete six citizenship applications and counseled twelve total applicants. Citizenshipworks is an online platform designed to assist applicants to fully, accurately, and easily complete citizenship applications, and is a highly useful tool in IRC-hosted citizenship workshops. The IRC in Elizabeth hosts similar workshops at libraries in Union County as well, using the same model.
The IRC in NY will host another citizenship workshop at the Queens Library in Long Island City on March 29th from 10am to 4pm. Please feel free to pass this information along to those interested in exploring their citizenship application needs!
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