2001-04-26 / Other News

Immigrants Offered Free Residency Assistance

Immigrants Offered Free Residency Assistance

Immigrant residents of New York City trying to apply for legal permanent residency through their family members by next Monday, April 30, are encouraged to contact Citizenship NYC for free application assistance. Citizenship NYC is a free service of the Department of Youth and Community Development to help NYC immigrants become naturalized citizens of the United States. Through April 27, Citizenship NYC will provide free 1-130 application assistance and free INS required photos to US Citizens and legal permanent residents who want to sponsor their immediate family members residing in NYC.

Immigrants interested may call 1-888-374-5100. Multilingual operators are available Monday- Friday from 8:30 to 5:30. They may also walk into Citizenship NYC’s field offices to schedule an appointment. Citizenship NYC staff speak more, than 20 languages.

DYCD Commissioner Jerry Cammarata said, "The extension of 245(i) through April 30 presents a window of opportunity. Unfortunately, some unscrupulous people purporting to be immigration advisors have seized this-opportunity. lmmigrants should beware of anyone charging exorbitant fees or making promises of instant green cards. All immigrants applying for this benefit should anticipate waiting, and will be thoroughly screened by the federal Immigration and Naturalization Service."

Applications need to be received by INS on or before April 30, 2001. To qualify, potential legal immigrants need to submit proof of their familial relationship and of their presence in the U.S. on December 21, 2000. They must also provide a money order ,payable to the US. Immigration and Naturalization Service for $110.

Legal Permanent Residents (green card holders) can apply for their spouses and unmarried sons and daughters.

U.S. Citizens can apply for their spouses, married and unmarried sons and daughters, parents, and siblings.

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