New Americans Campaign Celebrates Citizenship Day

Aspiring citizens receive direct assistance in filling out their applications at a New Americans Campaign workshop

Aspiring citizens receive direct assistance in filling out their applications at a New Americans Campaign workshop

In September, hundreds of lawful permanent residents throughout the country will take the first step towards becoming United States citizens by attending free or low-cost events as part of the New Americans Campaign. This month, New Americans

Campaign partners in 17 cities will hold citizenship workshops, information sessions, classes and phone banks to help citizenship-eligible lawful permanent residents take the critical next step to become U.S. citizens.

“There are many reasons to become a citizen – from petitioning for your family to come to the U.S. to being protected from deportation,” says Eric Cohen, Executive Director of Immigrant Legal Resource Center, the lead organization for the New Americans Campaign.

“But it also goes beyond that – this is a critical time for immigrants to have a voice and become civically engaged in our communities. This Citizenship Day, we’re helping hundreds achieve this opportunity.”

Please visit the New Americans Campaign calendar of events for a full list of activities, like those below, taking place on Citizenship Day, Sept. 17, and all month long:

Saturday, September 12 – Dallas, TX
Citizenship Assistance Workshop organized by Catholic Charities of Dallas, Proyecto Inmigrante and the International Rescue Committee
9:00 am
Santa Clara Community Center
321 Calumet Avenue
Dallas, TX

Saturday, September 12 – Miami, FL
Citizenship Assistance Workshop organized by NALEO Educational Fund and the Center for Immigrant Advancement
10:00 am
Kendall Library
15205 SW 88th Street
Miami, FL 33196

Thursday, September 17 – New York, NY
Citizenship Assistance Workshop organized by NALEO Educational Fund, Catholic Migration Services, New York Immigration Coalition and New York Legal Assistance Group
11:00 am
Holy Family St. Thomas Aquinas Parish
249 9th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Thursday, September 17 – Houston, TX
Citizenship Phone Bank with Univision organized by NALEO Educational Fund
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Thursday, September 17 – Miami, FL
Citizenship Phone Bank with Univision organized by Catholic Legal Services of Miami
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Saturday, September 19 – Seattle, WA
Citizenship Assistance Workshop organized by OneAmerica
10:00 am
Renton Technical College, Building C
3000 NE 4th Street
Renton, WA 98056

Friday, September 25 – Houston, TX
Citizenship Information Fair organized by the Chinese Community Center
10:00 am
Chinese Community Center
9800 Town Park Drive
Houston, TX 77036

Saturday, September 26 – Detroit, MI
Citizenship Assistance Workshop organized by the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit
9:00 am
Robert A. VerKuilen Building
21885 Dunham Roaad
Clinton Township, MI 48036

Posted on September 4, 2015

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