Naika F. Joseph

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Naika F. Joseph

While Naika Fatima Joseph, was a student at New York City College of Technology in 2009, she came to CUNY Citizenship Now! for a consultation to see if there were any options available for her to legalize her status.  She was having trouble paying for school since at the time she was not eligible to work. 

At the time, Naika’s mother was the beneficiary of a green card petition through a family member, but Naika could not benefit from that petition.  Naika also heard of the D.R.E.A.M. Act and wondered if it could help people in her situation.  Our attorney explained the D.R.E.A.M. Act was only a proposal and not yet the law.  Given the lack of options, Naika dropped out of school. 

After the earthquake in Haiti in January 2010, Naika learned about an immigration benefit that the U.S. government made available to people from her country who could not come back to their country due to the magnitude of the tragedy.  The benefit, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), would allow her to stay temporarily in the United States and would provide her with work authorization.  Naika participated in a CUNY Citizenship Now! Haitian TPS application assistance event, the largest Haitian TPS application assistance event ever held in New York State, where our staff and volunteers assisted her in completing her application.  In April 2010 Naika’s application was approved.  Soon after, she started working and attending school at City Tech again.