New Americans Campaign Helps Businesses Help their Employees

An article posted online for the April 14 edition of the Siliconeer, a California magazine for South Asians, reports on a partnership between Silicon Valley businesses and the Bethlehem Project—a part of the New Americans Campaign that works with businesses to help eligible foreign-born employees become citizens.

As the article notes, California is projected to have a shortage of one million college graduates by 2025. In the Silicon Valley area, demand for skilled workers will continue to fuel migration of foreign engineers and technology workers that have already made the area one of the most diverse in the nation.

The Technology Credit Union, with a diverse membership that is about one-third South and East Asian, is always looking for ways to smooth the integration process for its newcomer employees and members. Through its partnership with the Bethlehem Project, the credit union helps employees and members navigate the citizenship process. The credit union hosts free workshops that are open to employees and members, providing information on the citizenship process and help with the citizenship application.

While the citizenship workshops are outside of the financial services products normally offered by the credit union, according to the credit union’s Hemali Gajaria, project manager for the Global Members program,

“…we are community-focused and there is an obvious need for this information amongst our members and employees…. By hosting events, we’re helping people and strengthening the Tech CU brand as a business that understands the needs of our customers and the areas we serve.”

The Technology Credit Union has been working with the Bethlehem Project for nearly a year. Earlier this month, more Silicon Valley businesses launched a partnership with the Bethlehem Project, including ABM, Nokia, and DTZ.

You can read the complete Siliconeer report here.

Posted on April 14, 2014

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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