USCIS and the Office of the Mayor of New York City have signed a letter of agreement to strengthen USCIS citizenship education and awareness efforts in the City of New York (NYC). The agreement, which will remain in effect until December 31, 2018, is aimed at helping permanent residents learn more about USCIS citizenship and naturalization process. With the signing of the letter of agreement, NYC joined Los Angeles, Chicago, the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, and Atlanta, to become USCIS’ fifth municipal partner.
Under the agreement “New Americans Corners” will be established in all branches of the Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library, and Queens Library systems. These libraries will support permanent residents by offering Citizenship and English as a Second Language classes, along with tools and resources to help them prepare for the USCIS naturalization interview and test.
USCIS and NYC also plan to:
- Provide U.S. citizenship information through the City of New York and public library websites;
- Expand community partnerships to hold U.S. naturalization information sessions throughout the City of New York;
- Offer training on the U.S. naturalization process to library staff members; and
- Raise public awareness of immigration services scams.