Ms. E – Citizenship Brings Hope to Life

Ms.E & Aly

Our friends out in Houston, the Chinese Community Center, shared an inspiring story of how citizenship brought hope to a brave woman in the midst of a fight for her life.

“Ms. E, a longtime resident in Houston, had been waiting over 10 years to apply for naturalization. Despite being fully fluent in English and well-adjusted to American life, she still encountered many hurdles in her journey – she hadn’t held a steady job in a couple years, had moved apartments frequently and faced family difficulties.

“In early 2012, Ms. E and the Chinese Community Center for Houston started working together on her naturalization application. It was a rough start — she had to go back and collect all the required information from old employers and storage boxes.  A few months later, a beaming Ms. E mailed in her completed application. The prospect of becoming an American citizen brought rays of hope to her life.

“But there are still challenges for Ms. E to face. The same month she passed her citizenship test, she was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. Her hope and perseverance are helping her fight onwards, as is her new citizenship, which qualifies her for Medicaid. As she continues to receive treatment at the Houston Medical Center, Ms. E. continues to emphasize the importance of her decision to apply for naturalization. Citizenship was, and continues to be, a ray of light and hope, no matter what life brings.”

Posted on February 18, 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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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