Reducing Barriers to Citizenship: New Research and the Need for a Partial Fee Waiver
On January 8, 2015, New Americans Campaign partners participated in a webinar that included new research by Manuel Pastor and Jared Sanchez of the University of Southern California (USC) and Patrick Oakford of the Center for American Progress (CAP). This research shows that the number of low-income immigrants naturalizing is lagging that of immigrants with higher incomes, revealing how the cost of citizenship is a systemic barrier for some populations pursuing naturalization. Learn more about these important findings and how the NAC is addressing the high cost of citizenship for LPRs.
Naturalization? There’s an App for That
In the video below, produced by Grantmakers Concerned With Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR), learn how CitizenshipWorks and “mega-workshops” are helping immigrants on the path to U.S. citizenship. CitizenshipWorks, developed by Pro Bono Net, Immigration Advocates Network, and Immigrant Legal Resource Center, offers an online platform, a mobile app, and an interactive text messaging campaign to guide immigrants through the naturalization application process. New Americans Campaign partners in Miami, with the site leadership of Catholic Legal Services Miami, are experimenting with various innovations to large-scale group processing workshop models to increase their reach and effectiveness.
In this video:
- See a demonstration of new CitizenshipWorks tools
- Learn about new approaches to citizenship mega-workshops
- Understand how both can be adapted for use in various regions of the country
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