ABA Journal: NYLPI and partners’ Citizenship Loan Program helps ease the path to citizenship

July 14, 2021

Immigrant Justice, News, Pro Bono Clearinghouse

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NYLPI Pro Bono Clearinghouse Program Associate Maribel Maria spoke with a reporter from the American Bar Association Journal about the financial barriers low-income New Yorkers face when navigating the citizenship process and how projects like the Citizenship Loan Program help alleviate these burdens. “The goal of the program is ultimately to put the citizenship process in reach for lower-income New Yorkers without regard to their ability to afford the application fees.” 

In 2019, the Trump administration proposed changes to the government’s fee schedule, including the cost of the citizenship application. In response, NYLPI partnered with the Hebrew Free Loan Society and Catholic Migration Services to offer interest-free loans to applicants. Though these changes did not go through, the need for equitable solutions in the American immigration system still stands. 

Access the full article here. 

The Citizenship Loan Program is a collaboration between the Hebrew Free Loan Society, Catholic Migration Services, and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. Learn more here. 

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