Success Stories

Across the country the New Americans Campaign and its network of partners are helping citizenship-eligible lawful permanent residents achieve their dreams of becoming American citizens.


My Citizenship is Forever: Feeling Fully American After 44 Years
By Eduardo Bejarano, Houston

Applying for Citizenship: I Should Have Done It Sooner
Giannina Diaz Coello, Maryland

Why I Became a Citizen at 79
Florencio Sunga Mallari Sr., Los Angeles


Have a Voice Through Citizenship
Maria Rendon, San Francisco

Celebrating Citizenship After 36 Years
Josefina Anguiano, Orange County

An Inspiring Spirit: A New Citizen, A Century Old
Chun Oi Chung, San Francisco

“Don’t Fear, Apply for Citizenship”
Adiela Vargas, Orange County

Persistence to Naturalize Pays Off
Celia and Alfredo Ramirez, San Francisco

Citizenship: “There is no better way to call a country home”
Oscar Acevedo, New York

Citizen After 60 Years: “It was all worth it”
Gabriele Wallace


Giving the Gift of Citizenship
Saul Montoya, Los Angeles

From Foster Care to Citizenship: Two Young New Americans Forge a New Path
Monyfa Alexander and Daniel Marshall, New York

English, Civics Classes Help Aspiring Americans Achieve Citizenship
Thanh Do, Houston

Helping Others Achieve Their Citizenship Dreams
Hoang Truong, San Jose

After 35 Years, ‘I’m a Citizen!’
Raquel Vergara, Detroit

From a Life of Fear to a Dream of Citizenship Fulfilled
Rigo Aguilar, Dallas

Volunteer Views: Supporting Aspiring New Americans in San Jose
Victor Sin, San Jose


From LPR to First Time Voter: The Benefits of Citizenship During an Election Year
Ruby Romero and Teresa Pedrizco, San Jose

“I’m Becoming a Citizen Because…”
New York

Aspiring Citizens in Houston Helped by Bonding Against Adversity

Rosario’s Bethlehem Project Story: “I am now an American citizen”
Rosario Becerra, San Jose

Ms. E – Citizenship Brings Hope to Life

Sarah – Persevering for Citizenship
Sarah, Dallas


A Brave Woman Finds Freedom in Citizenship
Kim, Houston

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