Pathway to Citizenship
"Our ultimate mission is to integrate immigrants into the community here on Long Island."
- Elise de Castillo, Esq.
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 naturalization exam
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.
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.
Director Elise de Castillo discusses Pathway to Citizenship's success after receiving Imagine Award
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