New Americans Campaign Celebrates Citizenship Day

Leading Immigrant Coalitions Honor Citizenship by Action

SAN FRANCISCO – In 17 cities nationwide, hundreds of residents eligible for citizenship will celebrate Citizenship Day by completing their citizenship applications.

Over the course of September, the New Americans Campaign’s partners will hold citizenship workshops in cities like Los Angeles and Houston. Our national partners will launch initiatives with mayors and businesses. Along the way, hundreds of legal permanent residents will complete their citizenship applications at citizenship workshops nationwide.

“There are many reasons to become a citizen – citizens stand to earn up to 11 percent more in wages over a lifetime, they have access to more and better-paying jobs, and they can help their kids under 18 become citizens,” said Eric Cohen, Executive Director of Immigrant Legal Resource Center, the lead organization for the New Americans Campaign. “But it goes beyond that – citizenship also gives you a full chance to contribute to American society by empowering you with a voice, thus  helping our nation prosper. This Citizenship Day, we’re helping hundreds reach that opportunity.”

Posted on September 17, 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.
Learn more from our
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