Eligible to Become a US Citizen, Live in NY but Don’t Have $725 to Apply?

Posted on May 1, 2018 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Register to Win a Voucher to Cover Application Costs

Catholic Charities NY joins New York State and community partners today to launch the third round of NaturalizeNY.  This first-of-its-kind public-private partnership helps eligible immigrants in New York State become U.S. citizens.  

How? Low-income immigrants can register and enter a lottery for a voucher to cover the $725 naturalization application fee.

Applicants can apply

Registration starts TODAY and runs from May 1 - June 15, 2018.

“Catholic Charities is proud to again play a key role in this year’s NaturalizeNY lottery, helping New Yorkers across the state to register through the New Americans Hotline.” said Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York.

“This initiative by NYS to encourage citizenship is more important than ever at a time when anti-immigrant policies and rhetoric have continued to tear the very fabric of our society.”

NaturalizeNY lifts the financial barrier to citizenship faced by New Yorkers, creating opportunity for immigrants and New York's diverse communities. Recent research from Stanford University's Immigration Policy Lab found that the cost of the application was a major barrier to these immigrants seeking citizenship.

Immigrants who become citizens see an almost 9 percent increase in earnings, according to a 2015 Urban Institute study. This leads to higher tax revenue and lower reliance on public benefits. Citizenship benefits immigrants through stronger protections from deportation, the right to vote and run for elected office, and the ability to assist more family members with immigrating to the United States.

To support up to 1,800 citizenship applicants, New York State, Robin Hood and the New York Community Trust are investing more than $1.2 million to cover the $725 application fee through fee assistance vouchers. The funding will be paid directly to the federal government by the campaign partners and cover the full cost of the naturalization process. Vouchers will be awarded following the lottery in June, and administered by personnel from the Office for New Americans and Stanford University.

“We are nation of immigrants,” Msgr. Sullivan added.  “We are stronger and revitalized by welcoming and integrating immigrants into the United States.”

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