Miami New Americans Campaign Helps Thousands Start the Citizenship Process in One Day

Miami workshop line outsideOn a warm Saturday morning in March, thousands of green card holders arrived at Marlins Park in Miami, a line snaking around the palm streets outside of the ballpark. Inside, the Miami New Americans Campaign and hundreds of volunteers assembled tables and chairs, laptop computers and paperwork. They were prepping for one of the largest citizenship workshops hosted by the Campaign.

Over 1,300 lawful permanent residents (LPRs) registered in advance. On Saturday, March 19, they arrived to receive help completing their citizenship applications. The doors to the ballpark opened at 9:00 and by 1:30 pm, over 800 LPRs had come through. In total, 1,180 LPRs received assistance on Saturday.

Months of planning and coordination by local New Americans Campaign partners went into the making of the workshop. 650 volunteers helped at the event. From assisting with the completion of applications, providing legal review and helping applicants apply for fee waivers, they were an integral part of the process.

50 people from 16 countries were sworn-in as new U.S. citizens

50 people from 16 countries were sworn-in as new U.S. citizens

The workshop was enhanced by a special oath ceremony administered by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. 50 individuals from 16 different countries were sworn in as new U.S. citizens while other aspiring new Americans started the process.

The Miami New Americans Campaign is comprised of Catholic Legal Services – Archdiocese of Miami, Center for Immigrant Advancement, Florida Immigrant Coalition, Florida International University, Hispanic Unity, International Rescue Committee, NALEO Educational Fund, Read 2 Succeed and New American Workforce.

These organizations will come together in early April to review the records from this workshop and coordinate follow-up services to any LPRs requiring additional assistance.

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Posted on March 25, 2016

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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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