2015 Strong Year for Citizenship as New Americans Campaign Looks Ahead to 2016

Last week, 31 new Americans from 25 countries took part in a naturalization ceremony at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. President Obama spoke at the ceremony, which marked the 224th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights.

“We can never say it often or loudly enough: Immigrants and refugees revitalize and renew America,” said the president. “… America: A place where we can be a part of something bigger; a place where we can contribute our talents and fulfill our ambitions and secure new opportunity for ourselves and others.”

The national attention drawn to this ceremony by the president underscores the important work of the New Americans Campaign and its partners. Since 2011, New Americans Campaign sites and affiliated collaborations completed over 182,000 naturalization applications for lawful permanent residents (LPRs) from dozens of countries around the world through more than 2,900 naturalization workshops and clinics.

“The president’s remarks remind us of the contributions new Americans bring to our country and emphasize how important it is to encourage U.S. citizenship,” said Melissa Rodgers of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, director of the New Americans Campaign. “While we look back in celebration of the citizenship milestones reached in 2015, we also recognize that there’s more work to be done.

“The new year provides us all with an opportunity to encourage more LPRs to apply for citizenship. We know that more people will come forward if U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services reaches out to them about this important opportunity. 2016 is an exciting year to become a citizen because new Americans will have the chance to exercise their right and privilege to vote in our democracy. The New Americans Campaign looks forward to continuing its outreach to the millions of LPRs eligible to become citizens right now.”

Posted on December 21, 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.
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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