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am i eligible?


Hopefully: YES! find out on this page.



Can you answer 'yes' to all these questions?


To be considered for a place, you must be:

  • 16 years or older
  • A resident of New York City
  • An immigrant or refugee or applicant for permanent residence or political asylum
  • Have applied for or received permission from
    USCIS, less than 24 months ago, to live permanently in the USA
  • Be willing and able to attend all classes
 If you answered 'YES' go to 2  if you answered 'no' go to 3

If you are lucky enough to get a place on one of our courses this could be you in a few short weeks. Here a graduating class proudly shows off their new graduation certificates.


Come to a lottery


Not eligible? don't worry!


Because we have more applicants than spaces, we must hold lotteries before the beginning of each class cycle. Choose which date is best for you. Lotteries begin promptly at 10am, at 270 West 89th Street.


Bring proof of status (Visa, I-94, Passport, Green Card, Employment Authorization card, a copy of your application for permanent residence or political asylum, etc.) and photo identification.

We will send you a postcard to notify you whether or not you have a place in the next course. We do hope you are fortunate enough to be chosen and hope to help you master the English language.

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