"Our ultimate mission is to integrate immigrants into the community here on Long Island."
- Elise S. Damas, Esq.
Director, Pathway to Citizenship Long Island
There are approximately 100,000 lawful permanent residents (LPRs) out of about 450,000 LPRs that live in Nassau and Suffolk counties that are eligible for citizenship.
The mission of this program is to incorporate immigrant communities into Long Island by highlighting how naturalization helps immigrants as well as their families and communities while supporting them through the naturalization process. We hope to undo popular myths about the difficulties of passing the written and spoken naturalization exams because we are confident that almost every lawful permanent resident can pass. This program hopes to create a culture of citizenship by providing services and resources that allow the newest naturalized Americans economically and socially integrate into their communities and empower others to do the same.
Client preparing for her interview
What We Do
We provide continuous preparation to our clients as they undergo the naturalization process. Aside from preparing their applications with great care and detail, this means that we provide clients with one-to-one interview and study tips and practice, hold citizenship classes that interactively cover the content on the civics exam, equip our clients with study materials, and, whenever necessary, assist with the preparation of medical waiver forms.
Client preparing for her naturalization exam
Our services are free of charge.
We do not charge to fill out the citizenship application. However, clients must pay a $680 filing fee to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for the naturalization application.
This fee can be waived if qualifying applicants meet one of USCIS' fee waiver requirements:
You receive a means-tested benefit (e.g., food stamps or medicaid)
Your household income is at or below the 150% poverty level at the time you file
You are experiencing a financial hardship that prevents you from paying the filing fee (e.g., unexpected medical bills or emergencies)
We prepare fee waiver requests for all fee waiver eligible clients for free.
Pathway to Citizenship is designed to support eligible LPRs through the naturalization process
You can only apply for citizenship if you already have a green card and meet other eligibility requirements
Distinction for Outstanding Work
In addition to receiving recognition for outstanding work from partners like the Office of New Americans, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Citibank Community Development, and United Way of Long Island, Pathway to Citizenship has received recognition from Telemundo, the Imagine Awards, and numerous other sources.
Additional services available through Pathway to Citizenship include credentialing services for foreign degrees through the New York State Department of Labor, free financial counseling through United Way of Long Island, free bank accounts through Citibank and personal loans for the naturalization filing fee through Bethpage Federal Credit Union.
To make an appointment, please call one of our offices