ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Governor Andrew Cuomo Thursday launched “NaturalizeNY”, a public-private partnership designed to offset financial costs and help reduce the barriers for low-income working immigrants to become U.S. citizens.
The program is a partnership between the State Office for New Americans and New York Daily News, Robin Hood Foundation, SUNY Albany, Stanford, and George Mason University, and other not-for-profit organizations throughout the state.
The Governor’s office says the program provides comprehensive support through the naturalization process at any one of 27 Citizenship and Naturalization Legal Clinics across New York.
According to the Governor’s announcement the new legal clinics will provide free eligibility screenings, application assistance, and naturalization exam preparation.
Low-income, citizenship-eligible immigrants will also be able to enter a lottery to received one of 2,000 naturalization application fee vouchers.
“We are a nation of immigrants, and New York believes that diversity is our greatest asset,” said Governor Cuomo. “Amid the fervor of national debate, today we are sending a clear message – that we welcome you with open arms to join our community and grow with our economy.”
Application to the program is open to immigrants whose household income falls between $30,240 and $60,480.
Registration opens July 14 and closes September 23.
For more information, or to apply to the program, visit www.NaturalizeNY.org.