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Who can apply?
Any US green card holder (legal permanent resident) who is eligible for U.S. Citizenship, is a resident of the State of New York and meets certain income requirements. The program is to help serve New Yorkers who face economic obstacles to becoming naturalized citizens.
Is this really free to me?
Yes, completely free. You do not have to pay any money to register for the lottery, and there will be no costs whether you are selected or not selected. Also, as a New York State resident you are also eligible for free immigration legal services at your nearest New York State Office for New Americans (ONA) Opportunity Center.
What are the conditions?
If you register for the lottery, you will be asked to make yourself available to take a series of short optional surveys about your experiences. Also, if you win the lottery you will only receive your fee voucher if you work with your local ONA Opportunity Center to complete and submit your naturalization application.
Will my personal details be secure?
Yes. Any information that we collect will be stored securely and is confidential.
Can I use the money to cover the cost of other immigration fees or pay the fees of a family member?
No. The money will be allocated exclusively to cover the cost of applying for U.S. citizenship for the people who are eligible and win the lottery. Individuals cannot transfer funds to another family member. However, eligible family members can individually register for the lottery separately.
The New York State Office for New Americans and its partners are excited to offer this unique opportunity for citizenship eligible immigrants living in New York. The fee vouchers will directly assist New Yorkers with becoming US citizens and we will learn how citizenship impacts immigrants, their families, and communities.