Citizenship Rutgers Offers Free Assistance For Permanent Residents To Apply For U.S. Citizenship
Tim Raphael
September 23, 2011

Citizenship Rutgers comes to Rutgers University, Newark, on Saturday, Oct. 1, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., to assist help green card-holders who are seeking citizenship. These green card-holders can receive free citizenship application assistance at the Paul Robeson Campus Center, Essex Room, second floor, on Oct. 1. The center is at 350 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

In addition to an eligibility review with a trained immigration law professional, participants receive the passport photos required for the application as well as photocopies of their documents. Legal Permanent Residents of the United States can register to receive assistance by calling (732) 932-9384 ext. 330.

Citizenship Rutgers is a university-wide project bringing free citizenship application assistance to qualified green card holders. Modeled on Citizenship NOW! – the citizenship and immigration law project now in its 14th year at the City University of New York – Citizenship Rutgers is a service provided to all of New Jersey’s 400,000 green card holders who are seeking citizenship.

With training and expertise provided by staff from CUNY’s Citizenship Now!, volunteer lawyers and law students from the Newark and Camden law schools work alongside undergraduates, faculty, and staff from all three campuses. Citizenship Rutgers already held two successful events on the New Brunswick campus.


To receive assistance, an individual must meet the following requirements:
• Reside in the United States as a permanent resident for five years (three years if living with and married to the same U.S. citizen);
• Live in the United States for half of the five or three year period;
• Be at least 18 years old.

Applicants also MUST bring:
• Green card and all passports since obtaining green card;
• Home addresses for the last five or three years;
• Children’s information (date of birth, A#, addresses);
• Employment history for the last five or three years;
• Marital history/criminal history (if applicable).

Applicants pay a $680 filing fee to USCIS but should not bring this fee to the event.

Immigration attorneys who wish to learn more or to volunteer their time on 10/1 can email:

MEDIA INQUIRIES: Tim Raphael, or 201-452-9712.

Citizenship Rutgers is a project of Rutgers School of Law-Camden; Rutgers School of Law-Newark; The Center for Migration and the Global City, Newark; Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations; the School of Arts and Sciences, New Brunswick; the School of Public Policy and Administration, Camden; and the Civic Engagement and Service Education Partnerships (CESEP) Program. CESEP operates under the auspices of the Rutgers Office of the Associate Vice President
for Academic & Public Partnerships with support from the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, The Bonner Foundation, Rutgers’ Eagleton Program on Immigration and Democracy, as well as CUNY Citizenship NOW! (City University of New York).