New Fee Waiver Available for Naturalization!

May 18th, 2017

The office of the Federal Register has announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will be changing the fees for immigration and naturalization benefit requests, which are processed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

The naturalization (Form N-400) fee will have three levels.

Immigrant Roots: Italo Medelius

May 18th, 2017

My name is Italo Medelius and I’m from Lima, Peru, originally. I come from a family of Italian descent, my grandfather was born in Italy, and he was the one that named me. My mom’s side of the family is Italian, and my grandfather married a native Peruvian woman, my grandmother. My father’s side is German, so that’s where the Medelius comes from.

Register to Vote in Person on October 15!

May 18th, 2017

Missed the Deadline?
Register to Vote in Person on October 15!

If you missed the deadline to register by mail or at the DMV, you can register to vote in person at the following sites on Saturday, October 15 2016 from 1pm to 9 pm.


Meet the Second Cohort of New American Youth Leadership Corps!

May 17th, 2017

Last week 22 New York City high school students from across the five boroughs graduated from the second cohort of the New American Youth Leadership Corps (NAYLC), an initiative run by the New York Immigration Coalition and supported with funding from Citi Community Development.

Immigrants Roots: Lawrence Bureh

May 17th, 2017

Lawrence Bureh, a Sierra Leonean on TPS, shares his story with the NYIC.

Lawrence at the NYIC Office

What are some things you’ve enjoyed or found positive about living in New York?

In my community, everyone is working hard either to support their family here and back home, to pay bills or go to school and this encourages me to work harder to provide a better life for myself and my family.

NYIC Member Highlight: Arab American Association of New York

May 17th, 2017

NYIC Member Highlight:
Arab American Association of New York

On a cold, blustery November morning, 140 women from gathered at the Beit al-Maqdis Islamic Center in Brooklyn to air their grievances. Since the presidential election, the Arab American community in South Brooklyn has experienced increased harassment and hostility from anti-Muslim and Islamophobic community members.

New York Immigration Coalition Responds to New Data Released by ICE

May 17th, 2017

According to new data provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), immigration arrests are up nearly 40% since Trump signed an executive order on immigration enforcement, and more than half include people without a criminal record.

In response, Steven Choi, Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition issued the following statement:

“It is a senseless use of law enforcement resources to police working people who pay taxes and are members of our communities.

Safe Havens: Protecting and Supporting New York State’s Immigrant Students

May 17th, 2017

As the families of more than 190,000 immigrant students across New York State wrestle with the current climate of fear and uncertainty, a new report finds major inconsistencies in how New York’s school districts are responding and the extent to which they are rising to the challenge of protecting and supporting the immigrant students and families they are charged to serve.

NYIC Membership Highlight: ADHIKAAR

May 17th, 2017

Adhikaar, meaning "Rights" in Nepali, is a powerful community of activists, organizers, and community members. Its boisterous red facade jumps out on a quiet Woodside block, and reflects the energy of its members. Inside, dozens of Nepali immigrants are receiving services, learning English, getting legal help, and using the space for community support.