New York City Mayor’s Office Announces Partnership With City Libraries To Help Immigrants On the Pathway To Citizenship
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new partnership with the city’s library system to develop “NYCitizenship,” a public-private partnership that will install comprehensive citizenship assistance services at library branches citywide to increase naturalization rates. The Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Affairs will train city library staff to provide free, comprehensive information on applying for citizenship as well as legal assistance in completing applications. The program also integrates financial education to help new citizens on their path to financial sustainability.
“Barriers such as lack of information or access to quality, affordable legal services prevent immigrants from taking the final step to become a citizen – we can change that,” said Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs Nisha Agarwal. “By providing New Yorkers access to citizenship information and legal support at places they already frequent, such as our city’s public libraries, we can work to ensure more city residents are able to access the benefits and privileges they’re entitled to as citizens.”
The program expands on the recently created New American Corners in City libraries, a partnership with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs' leadership on increasing naturalization rates is a multi-sector collaboration with Carnegie Corporation of New York and other partners.