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New Americans

Easing the Transition from Immigration to Integration

Greater Bergen Community Action
Greater Bergen Community Action

From immigration to integration: with a focus on American civics and culture, the New Americans program helps ease the transition of immigrants to the USA, and aims to help them fully embrace their new life here.


We assist immigrants wishing to obtain legal U.S. citizenship through the Naturalization (citizenship) process. We teach U.S. culture, laws, and life skills, to give foreign-born individuals the knowledge and confidence to integrate fully in to the United States of America.

Anchor 1
  • Low-income* residents of Bergen County or neighboring counties

  • LPR (Legal Permanent Resident), preparing for U.S. citizenship

*Income eligibility will be determined by the Case Manager


Citizenship and Immigration

Classroom, small group, and one-on-one services that cover:

  • Resources, Information and Referral

  • Case management

  • Interpreting (verbal) services

  • Translation of forms, letters, and other documents

  • Advocacy with Social Services

  • Citizenship preparation classes

  • Individual counseling

  • Voter registration and voting assistance

Culture and Adjusting to America

  • Life skills

  • Coping skills

  • Health and safety in the USA

  • Parenting skills

  • Tenants’ rights

  • Educational options

  • Career planning

  • Starting a business

  • Financial wellness

Greater Bergen Community Action

The services are free of charge.

The program is funded by the NJ Department of State the Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development.

  • Citizenship classes are offered two days a week, two hours each

  • Case management services are available with an appointment


Cliffside Park: 

263 Lafayette Avenue

Cliffside Park, NJ  07010

Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm (by appointment)

Greater Bergen Community Action
  1. Call 201-366-1020, ext. 7234 to set up an appointment

  2. Print the following documents to your appointment:

    1. Permanent Resident Card

    2. Social Security Card

    3. Photo ID (for instance, driver’s license)

    4. Proof of address (Driver’s license or utility bill)

    5. Proof of family income (last two pay stubs, or tax return)

    6. Whatever document the Case Manager asks you to bring, depending on your case


201-366-1020, ext. 7234


“I am so happy now because now I’m a new citizen. Thank you New Americans and Liliam Cartagena my teacher for this opportunity for my son and me.”

Raquel E. Donis

“Thank you, it is not enough for what I have to thank people like you that have the time and dedication to teach. My family and I are very grateful that there are programs like this that give us the opportunity to reach our goals. People who work like this help us and have a passion for teaching deserve more thana thank you. To write this thank you all for giving me the opportunity and strength to learn things I could not learn myself and to be able to teach very well that I have reached my goal. Before I did not know how to say anything, even my personal information, but through this program, now I know how.”

Bencosme Family

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