The New York Daily News and City University of New York (CUNY) announced the dates for the 13th Annual Citizenship NOW! hotline. The hotline provides free and confidential citizenship and immigration information to thousands of callers.
This year's hotline is particularly timely, as immigrants eagerly wait for immigration reform. To date, nearly 136,000 callers have sought information from the hotline as they travel the complex road to citizenship. They expect this year's call-in to be one of the busiest ever.
Citizenship NOW!, the largest program of its kind in the nation, was co-launched by the Daily News and CUNY in April 2004 to address the lack of access to free and confidential immigration information for the people who need it most.
This year's week-long hotline will operate from Monday, April 27 through Friday, May 1, between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., with more than 400 trained volunteers available by telephone over the course of the week. Calls will be answered in English and Spanish, as well as numerous other languages, including; Mandarin, Cantonese, Russian, Korean, Italian, Haitian Creole, Bengali, Polish, French, Yiddish, and Arabic.
The Citizenship NOW! hotline is led by attorney Allan Wernick who is also a professor of Law at Baruch College and writes the twice-weekly "Immigration" column for the Daily News. Additionally, Wernick writes the nationally syndicated column, "Immigration and Citizenship" and is the director of the CUNY Citizenship Now! project.
Call-in numbers for Citizenship NOW!
Spanish - 646-746-9634
English - 646-746-9636
TTY - 212-221-2419
Dates announced for 13th Annual Citizenship NOW! Hotline