The New Americans Corners are an initiative in partnership with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs.

Queens Public Library’s 65 locations and its 7 Adult Learning Centers have created dedicated spaces where immigrants can find information and resources to become U.S. citizens.

New Americans Corners Resources

Need to know how to become a U.S. citizen? Every location at Queens Public Library has a New Americans Corner filled with materials and resources to get you started. These include:

Online Resources

Citizenship

  • Diversity Visa Lottery: The State Department offers annually 50,000 permanent resident visas, drawn randomly from applicants from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. This website provides information on the program, deadlines, and how to apply.
  • Form N-400, Application for Naturalization: to apply for naturalization, you will need to file this form. You can print it or file online.
  • Citizenship Now! Naturalization Guide: This PDF guide from CUNY Citizenship Now! provides instructions on filling out the citizenship application, information on naturalization test questions, and a list of free immigration resources.
  • Resources for Learners: a list of weblinks developed by the USCIS Office of Citizenship that provides permanent residents with a one-stop resource for locating citizenship preparation materials and activities.
  • USA Learns: a free website for adults to learn English and prepare for U.S. citizenship.
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Case Status Service Online: Applicants may check their case status, obtain a list of processing dates, or request case updates via email.
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: Lawful Permanent Residence (“Green Card”): USCIS provides information on applying for lawful permanent residence (“green card”) status.
  • Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants: This guide, from USCIS, provides information on topics such as rights, employment, education, housing, learning English, and citizenship. It is also available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Immigration Law

  • National Immigration Law Center (NILC): NILC’s mission is to protect and promote the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their family members.
  • Safe Horizon’s Immigration Law Project: Safe Horizon provides free legal information and advice to domestic violence victims with immigration law-related matters.
  • Sylvia Rivera Law Project: Immigration: Information collected here addresses immigration issues for transgendered and transsexual immigrants, including changing name and gender on immigration documents, applying for asylum based on gender identity discrimination, and marriage recognition.

Local Resources

  • CUNY Citizenship Now!: The City University of New York’s Citizenship and Immigration Project provides immigration services to all New Yorkers. The Project has seven Immigration Centers located throughout New York, including Flushing, Jamaica, and Long Island City.
  • Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA): MOIA promotes the full, active participation of immigrants in civic, cultural, and economic arenas in New York City.
  • New York State Office for New Americans: everything you need to know to become a U.S. citizen, locate a naturalization class, and other citizenship resources.
  • NYCitizenship: the MOIA webpage about NYCitizenship, an initiative dedicated to helping immigrant New Yorkers on their way to becoming U.S. citizens. You can also visit Queens Public Library's NYCitizenship page.
  • The Newest New Yorkers 2013: This report from the New York City Department of City Planning uses Census information and other federal and local data to take a detailed look at the characteristics of the foreign-born population in New York City and in the larger metropolitan region.
  • Queens Immigration Task Force Directory of Services: compiled by the Borough President's Office of Immigrant and Intercultural Affairs.
  • Transparent Language Online: Create an account using your library card to start the American Citizenship Course and learn new languages.
  • Citizenship Preparation Classes and Immigration Services in Queens: 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 Public Library.)
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Classes in Queens for Adults: a list of organizations offering ESOL classes in Queens for free or for low fees. (These services are by referral and not sponsored by Queens Public Library.)
  • Community Resources Database: How is this coming to new website? PDF? Located now at http://www.queenslibrary.org/services/community-information/community-resources-database

General Information

  • Crossing the BLVD: This 400 page book portrays the true stories and lives of new immigrants and refugees who live in the most ethnically diverse area in the United States—the borough of Queens. Borrow it from your local library.
  • Immigration…the Changing Face of America: This introduction to American immigration from the Library of Congress focuses on groups that arrived in the greatest numbers during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The site provides links to primary sources available from the Library of Congress' collections.
  • Internet Modern History Sourcebook: US Immigration: This site, from Fordham University, contains links and resources on US immigration, including sections on European immigration, Asian immigration, Latin American immigration, Ellis Island, and opposition to immigration.
  • Life in the USA: This website offers extensive information on topics including culture, food, everyday life, business, education, finances, medical care, and religion in the United States. Also included is Life in the USA Magazine, which features columns on related issues.
  • Living American: This comprehensive guide to living, working, and playing in America is also available in Spanish.
  • Our Documents: This website collects 100 documents that are milestones in American history, with information on why they are important and what their impact has been.

Materials at the Library

Click the links below to find these materials at your local library.

English

Spanish

Chinese

Korean

Contact Us

For more information about the New Americans Corners, please contact:

New Americans Program
Queens Public Library
89-11 Merrick Blvd.
Jamaica, NY 11432
718-990-0894 (phone)
718-990-8626 (fax)
napref@queenslibrary.org