Meet Mariana, Campaign Partner and New U.S. Citizen

Earlier this week, the Latin American Association, a New Americans Campaign partner in Atlanta, honored Mariana Maneiro, a staff member who recently became a U.S. citizen. Meet Mariana in this excerpt below by the Latin American Association.

mariana-maneiroMariana Maneiro decided to become a U.S. citizen earlier this year. After living in the U.S. for 15 years, she wanted to vote in the presidential election.

She became a citizen on her 33rd birthday last January and since then, Mariana has discovered that citizenship has many more unexpected benefits.

When Mariana visited Brazil last spring, she was able to travel with her brand new U.S. passport, which allowed her to leave and enter the United States swiftly and with much greater ease. And, a few months ago, she petitioned for her mother, Gisela, to become a lawful permanent resident (LPR) and get her green card. This would allow her to stay in the country where her four children reside.

“It’s not mandatory for an LPR to become a citizen,” says Mariana, who moved from Venezuela to Atlanta when she was 18. “But, I already see a future here and I have an attachment to his country. It’s my home.”

Mariana is a Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) accredited representative in the Immigration Services Department at the Latin American Association. She helps green card holders become U.S. citizens, and now she’s helped herself, too.

“My husband is American, my daughter is American and now I am an American too,” says Mariana.

Posted on September 9, 2016

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  • 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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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