On Saturday, November 18th, Dominicanos USA helped pave a better future for individuals in the Dominican-American Community. We assisted 21 permanent residents from all over New York City during our monthly citizenship workshop. We provided people with one on one conferences with lawyers as well as referrals to civic classes. In all, Dominicanos USA was able to complete 13 citizenship applications.
DUSA was also pleased to receive Senator Marisol Alcantara, of the 31st District of New York senate, in their office on Saturday. The senator came to support DUSA’s vision and movement towards mobilizing U.S. permanent residents and helping them achieve citizenship. Alcantara explored the ins and outs of the citizenship workshop. At the event, she spoke to the lawyers, warmly greeted applicants, and encouraged them to become U.S. citizens. All in all, senator Alcantara was impressed by the work and assistance DUSA had to offer to our community.
Helping people obtain American citizenship is essential to the work we do at DUSA. Becoming an American citizen enables the immigrant community to have a greater influence in politics. Through American citizenship, residents are able to exercise more civic rights and become more involved in their communities, which is exactly what DUSA aims for.
Saturday, October 14, DUSA hosted another Free Citizenship Assistance Workshop. It will be the 17th workshop DUSA has conducted with the help of organizations like Carnegie, the New Americans Campaign, and CUNY Citizenship Now. Our mission, as you may know, is to empower more than one-third of New York’s population who is foreign-born and aspire to be United States citizens. Unfortunately, most legal permanent residents do not inquire about the naturalization process due to limited access to resources.
Creating a pathway to citizenship is a direct injection of new voters into the political system. We created a model and path to ensure individuals receive needed support. At a time when the nation is divided and anti-immigration at rhetoric, we at DUSA believe immigrants are the strong pillars of this nation. Thus, it’s important for us to provide these workshops to empower immigrants and the overall community. To support this program or our other youth development and civic integration programs, donate here
On Saturday June 10th , Dominicanos USA along with Citizenship Works and the Carnegie Corporation hosted its Citizenship Assistance Workshop at our Bronx headquarters. The response from the community was wonderful and the stories behind each participant were special. Our DUSA team, partners, and group of volunteers dedicated the day to assisting residents on their citizenship application. It’s always great to see the progress being made in the Dominican and overall Latino community and we’re looking forward to our next event next month.
Dominicanos USA (DUSA) will hold its monthly DUSA Citizenship Workshop this upcoming Saturday, March 25, 2017 beginning at 9:00 a.m. The citizenship drive will take place in the office of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.
This free citizenship workshop will take place at the following address: Brooklyn Borough Hall 209 Joralemon Street Brooklyn, NY 11201
National Executive Director Eddie Cuesta is quoted in an official press release put out by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.
“Dominicanos USA urges all eligible and legal permanent residents with no minor offense to take the initial step of becoming a naturalized citizen. United States citizens are afforded opportunities not available to residents, as citizenship improves one’s quality of life. A citizen can exercise their right to vote, has easier travel and re-entry into the United States, can apply for federal jobs and scholarships only open tocitizens, and also has access to a multitude of other benefits.”
Mr. Cuesta’s quote can be found in several media outlets including the following newspapers and online mediums:
Did you know that if you’ve been a Permanent Resident of the United States with a Permanent Resident Card for the five years or more, you may be eligible to apply for citizenship? Or that if you or a loved one is a Permanent Resident over 55, you may take the naturalization test in Spanish? There are many avenues to acquiring U.S. Citizenship. You need to be informed about the path to citizenship and who is eligible to apply for naturalization.
The first step to citizenship is to become a Permanent Resident and receiving a Permanent Resident Card or “Green Card.” There are several ways to apply for Permanent Resident status, which you should check through this Homeland Security website link. The primary options to receive Permanent Resident status are:
A Permanent Resident needs at least three to five years of living in the United States before being able to apply for citizenship. You may be eligible for US citizenship if:
You have been a permanent resident for at least 5 years and meet all other eligibility requirements. You may visit the guide Path to Citizenship for detailed information.
You have been a permanent resident for 3 years or more and meet all eligibility requirements to file as a spouse of a U.S. citizen. For more information, you may visit the Naturalization for Spouses of U.S. Citizens.
If you have qualifying service in the U.S. armed forces and meet all other eligibility requirements, you may also be eligible. Visit the guide for Military Personnel for more information.
Your child may qualify for naturalization if you are a U.S. citizen, the child was born outside the U.S., the child is currently residing outside the U.S., and all other eligibility requirements are met. Visit the Citizenship Through Parents page for more information.
The naturalization process requires interviews and a U.S. citizenship test in English. To learn all the details about obtaining citizenship through naturalization, please visit this link.
Although the citizenship test is done in English, there are exceptions. Permanent Residents that are 50 years old or older and have lived in the United States for at least 20 years since becoming Permanent Residents, or over 55 years old and have lived in the United States for at least 15 years becoming Permanent Residents are allowed to take the citizenship test in their native language.