by Natasha B. | Mar 12, 2019 | Citizenship, CMS in the News, Immigration, Legal Services, naturalization, News
On Saturday, March 9th Catholic Migration Services and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest joined forces once again to host a free naturalization workshop for eligible green card holders in Brooklyn Heights. The workshop assisted more than 40 Lawful Permanent Residents get one step closer toward becoming a U.S. citizen.
See News 12 Brooklyn’s news segment: Free naturalization clinic held in Brooklyn Heights
by Natasha B. | Mar 5, 2019 | Citizenship, CMS in the News, Events, Immigration, Legal Services, naturalization, News
En otra colaboracion con New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI por sus siglas en inglés) Servicios Católicos de Migración organizará un taller de naturalización gratuita en Brooklyn, sabado, el 9 de Marzo de 2019. Aquellos personas eligibles e interesado deben llamar (212) 225-4400 o envia un mensaje de texto a (718) 866-3687.
Taller de Naturalización
Cuando: Sabado, 9 de Marzo de 2019 desde la 9:00 a.m. hasta la 5:00 p.m.
Donde: Pierrepont House ubicada en 55 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Nota: Para registrarse para este taller, favor de llamar (212) 225-4400 o envia un mensaje de texto a (718) 866-3687.
Lea la historia completa en El Diario: Arman taller gratis para que hispanos en Nueva York apliquen por la ciudadanía ante USCIS
by Natasha B. | Dec 3, 2018 | CMS in the News, Immigration, Legal Services, News
Read the original story from the World Journal in Chinese: 申請入籍 移民組織免費協助
Reporter Yan Jieen, New York, reported at 06:00 on December 2, 2018
New York City’s multiple immigrant rights organizations provide legal advice on citizenship in Brooklyn (Brooklyn) on the 1st (Saturday) and help green card holders fill out the naturalization application form at no charge; the organizer said that in Trump Under the atmosphere of the government’s drastic immigration policy, the consultation activities will enable the public to apply for naturalization.
The event took place from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, the Catholic Migration Services and many other legal institutions, providing about 50 volunteers. The field serves the green card holder who wants to apply for naturalization.
The organizers said that legal services have always been expensive. Immigrants only have to pay 725 yuan to submit the application form. “Not everyone can afford it.” People in marginal areas may not be able to access perfect legal services. Decided to hold similar events throughout New York City to help applicants who need it.
The organizer explained that the applicants who attended the event on the same day had legal screening (Legal Screenings), including confirmation of visas, identity documents and legal documents, etc. They only need to carry a green card, social security number and passport, and have obtained public welfare. Applicants (Public Benefits) must obtain a letter from the relevant agency.
The Trump administration’s immigration policy has tightened, and the recent amendments to the “Public Charge” rules have made many green card holders afraid that the naturalization application will be affected. However, the organizers reiterated that the amendment has not yet been finalized. Most people will not be implicated, reminding people not to be ignorant; on the contrary, people should actively participate in the resources provided by the community and understand the relevant procedures, “to be more confident in responding to naturalization applications.”
In addition to the activities on the day, the organizers said that people who need to apply for citizenship assistance can call the hotline (212)-225 4400 to confirm that they meet the naturalization requirements, and then arrange an appointment with the citizenship clinic.
by Natasha B. | Oct 29, 2018 | CMS in the News, Immigration, Legal Services, News
Catholic Migration Services is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a two-year grant from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to help Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) apply for United States citizenship. This is a highly competitive grant, with only two grant recipients in New York City and only forty in the entire United States.
Receipt of this highly competitive award is a recognition of the outstanding work performed by our staff and dedicated volunteers, and by our partner, LaGuardia Community College. Through our partnership, LPRs obtain coordinated naturalization services, with Catholic Migration Services providing legal services and LaGuardia Community College providing civics and ESL classes. Together, we help more than 500 LPRs become citizens each year! These new citizens can now enjoy the rights and privileges that come with citizenship, including the right to vote.
Our citizenship work is especially important now, when immigrants are facing new and difficult barriers to achieving the dream of citizenship. Unfortunately, government grants do not fully cover the costs of this critical work. Please support our citizenship work so that we can continue to ensure that all LPRs have an opportunity to fulfill the dream of American citizenship.
by Natasha B. | Oct 12, 2018 | CMS in the News, Immigration, Legal Services, News
Catholic Migration Services joins the New York Immigration Coalition and over eighty partners in New York Counts 2020, a coalition to maximize participation in the census and therefore counter the expected impact of the citizenship question if added to the 2020 census. If included, a citizenship question will stoke unnecessary fear in immigrant communities and could result in a significant undercount, particularly already under-counted racial and ethnic minority groups. With immigrants constituting nearly 1 out of 4 New Yorkers, an undercount in the 2020 Census will have catastrophic consequences – costing all New Yorkers political power and billions of dollars in federal funding for key services.
Read the full press release from the New York Immigration Coalition: BREAKING: DOJ Reveals Bannon Behind Census Citizenship Question