Citizenship & Immigration

New Americans Program offers information and resources to help immigrants with their citizenship application and immigration issues.

¡Bienvenidos a Queens!

Community information in Spanish on health, immigration issues, housing, English classes and other topics useful for Spanish speakers.

Citizenship Preparation

A list of organizations offering citizenship preparation classes and immigration services in Queens for free or for low or sliding scale fees. (These services are by referral and not sponsored by Queens Library. List updated every Spring)

Learn English

Queens is the most ethnically diverse county in the United States, with more than 50% of its residents speaking a language other than English. To meet the needs of this growing community and assist those who want to learn English, Queens Library offers FREE English classes through its ESOL Program. The Queens Library ESOL Program is part of the New American's Program and is currently located at the Central Library. Each year, nearly three thousand students are enrolled in the program, representing more than 80 countries and speaking over 50 languages.

Directory of Immigrant-Serving Agencies

Information on agencies offering low-cost or free social services to immigrants in over 50 languages. You can search by agency location, types of services offered, languages spoken, target group or ethnic group. After you go to the above link, please select "Immigrant-serving Agencies" in the Search Directory to search for immigrant-serving agencies.

Diversity Visa (Green Card) Lottery

Queens Library has partnered with the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs to help immigrants apply for the Diversity Visa Lottery. The library provides special assistance at certain branches to scan documents for the application.


For further information, please contact:

Fred J. Gitner
Assistant Director of New Americans Program and International Relations
Queens Library
89-11 Merrick Blvd.
Jamaica, NY 11432

Tel: (718) 990-0892
Fax: (718) 990-8626
E-mail: fred.j.gitner@queenslibrary.org