In the News: The New Americans Campaign will counteract N-400 changes

Yesterday, USCIS announced that it would be doubling the N-400 form – the citizenship application all green card holders must fill out – due to 10 additional pages of questions.

New Americans Campaign partners spoke with the Washington Post and highlighted the events we’ll be holding nationwide to counteract:

“We are concerned that the new form will impact the vulnerable populations we serve,” said Jean Atkinson of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network based in Silver Spring, Md., which helps more than 10,000 low-income legal immigrants become citizens each year. “It’s safe to say the level of English it requires is significantly higher than the level required to pass the citizenship test.

Immigration officials have given prospective citizens 90 days to apply using the current forms, and several legal assistance groups in the Washington area and across the country said they will be holding a series of workshops in the next three months to help green-card holders file their applications before May.

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Posted on February 5, 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