CLINIC’s Citizenship Web Tools

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), has recently updated its Citizenship Toolkit.  CLINIC, a New Americans Campaign national partner, has been serving naturalization applicants for years, and has developed a number of resources based on the best practices of its affiliates around the country.

The Citizenship Toolkit contains a wealth of information for organizations serving immigrants preparing for citizenship. There are also resources for organizations looking for help in providing assistance to vulnerable populations—for example, elderly applicants and persons with disabilities.

The Citizenship Toolkit is divided into 12 sections, some of which contain a mix of resources for organizations and for citizenship applicants. Other sections of the toolkit contain resources on special topics for organizations providing assistance to naturalization applicants.

The 12 topic sections of the Citizenship Toolkit are:


  • General Information – links to webinars, manuals, fundraising resources and other information;
  • Citizenship Benefits – information on the benefits of citizenship for immigrants and for the U.S.;
  • Citizenship Requirements – general information on what is required to be eligible for citizenship;



  • The Citizenship Process – information describing the steps involved in applying for citizenship;
  • The N-400 (application form for citizenship) – links to and discussion of the application form;
  • The Test – resources to help prepare for the citizenship test;



  • Elders and People with Disabilities – resources related to helping prepare these special populations for citizenship;
  • Children – information pertaining to minors acquiring citizenship;
  • Citizenship Workshops – a link to a toolkit for organizations;



  • BIA Recognition and Accreditation – information for organizations wanting to provide legal assistance to immigrants;
  • Fee Waivers – information on policy and requirements for having the naturalization application fee waived; and
  • Civic Participation – including information on advocacy and community organizing, voting and elections, and other information.

All of the information is available for download, and you can find it here.

Posted on May 29, 2014

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