My citizenship is forever: Feeling fully American after 44 years

May 25, 2017

At the end of 2016, my wife of 43 years, Amalia and I both took the final step of becoming Americans – the citizenship oath. For me, it had been 44 years in the making. Standing with Amalia and all the other new Americans that day, I felt like a different person with more liberty […]

Applying for Citizenship: I Should Have Done It Sooner

May 11, 2017

I’ve always thought of myself as hardworking. Every time I do something, I try to do it the best I possibly can – including being a mother to my three beautiful children. But as a single mother living in Lima, Peru, providing food, clothes and opportunities for my kids to learn and grow was a […]

Why I Became a Citizen at 79

March 24, 2017

In March 2008, my life took a big turn when I moved to the United States from the Philippines. I was full of hope as I stepped off the plane in Los Angeles. The warm air reminded me of home, but that familiarity quickly disappeared as I found myself in America’s second biggest city. In […]

Encouraging Citizenship: New Climate, Same Commitment

March 17, 2017

At every citizenship workshop we hold, we see aspiring citizens of all types. Some come to us excited about the opportunity to vote. For others, it’s the prospect of easier travel outside the U.S. But in these uncertain times, many lawful permanent residents know citizenship is the best protection for themselves and their families. In […]

Helping 250,000 New Americans to Naturalize

February 22, 2017

We started February with important news and a milestone announcement: Campaign partners have helped 250,000 aspiring Americans across the country complete citizenship applications. We’re thrilled and humbled that since our launch in 2011, our unprecedented collaboration of funders and nonprofit partners has helped more than a quarter million aspiring Americans begin their path to citizenship. Our […]

New Americans Campaign Condemns President Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Executive Actions

January 25, 2017

The New Americans Campaign, comprised of over a hundred immigrant organizations that work together to help lawful permanent residents gain citizenship, today issued a response to President Donald Trump’s executive actions on immigration. The following can be attributed to Melissa Rodgers, Director of the New Americans Campaign and Director of Programs for the Immigrant Legal […]

Building a Stronger America Through Naturalization

November 9, 2016

Naturalization brings America’s greatest values to life: community, diversity and unity. We will always work to increase citizenship for a stronger America. The New Americans Campaign and our partners are here to help lawful permanent residents complete the application for naturalization. We remain committed – now more than ever – to our vision of helping […]

New Citizenship Initiative discussed at Ethnic Media Roundtable in New York

September 30, 2016

On Sept. 8, the New Americans Campaign and New America Media hosted an ethnic media roundtable in New York City to discuss naturalization for the city’s nearly 915,000 citizenship-eligible lawful permanent residents (LPRs). The discussion focused on NaturalizeNY, a new citizenship initiative launched in July by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Like the New Americans […]

Have a Voice through Citizenship

Maria Rendon never thought about becoming a U.S. citizen. As a lawful permanent resident (LPR) from Mexico, she’s proud of her heritage. “I’m proud of my origin and my accent,” says Maria. “America became my home, but I still wasn’t ready to become a citizen. I also didn’t think it would be very easy.” Maria […]

Our Impact

  • The Campaign has completed over 3,700 naturalization workshops and clinics.
  • Over 250,000 citizenship applications completed since July 2011.

    Saved aspiring citizens and their families over $206million in legal and application fees.
  • Adopted scalable technology. MP3 players, Google Voice, and Virtual Private Network (VPN) services are being used to enhance naturalization service delivery.
  • Expanded New American Workforce (an effort to provide naturalization assistance within corporations) which has partnered with over 100 businesses across the nation, ranging from hotels in Miami to American Apparel in Los Angeles.
  • Deployed Citizenshipworks, an online tool, across the Campaign in multiple settings and languages. A newly redesigned platform guides applicants through through their citizenship application from start to finish and connects applicants to legal help at partnering non-profits.
  • Were instrumental in inspiring the US Citizenship and Immigration Service to support the Citizenship Corners initiative.
  • Created innovative partnerships with public libraries, school districts, universities, social service agencies, and employers, all of which yield not only greater numbers of applicants but also greater awareness of the naturalization process.
  • Deployed a large-scale volunteer recruitment program through an e-learning course.

    Reached diverse communities. Local partners consistently outreach and provide culturally competent and language-appropriate services.
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Impact Report.

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Who We're Helping

People come to America from all over the world with dreams of achieving a better life for themselves and their families and calling this great nation home. Eight million people who live, work, and pay taxes in this country are eligible for citizenship, yet only about eight percent of them naturalize each year. Find out more about these individuals and the barriers they face.Read More