Helping 250,000 New Americans to Naturalize

We started February with important news and a milestone announcement: Campaign partners have helped 250,000 aspiring Americans across the country complete citizenship applications.

We’re thrilled and humbled that since our launch in 2011, our unprecedented collaboration of funders and nonprofit partners has helped more than a quarter million aspiring Americans begin their path to citizenship. Our success lies in the strength of our partners’ relationships with local communities, their willingness to innovate and try new approaches, and the hard work we all do to decode the naturalization process and show how important citizenship is.

We know our shared efforts are more important than ever. We support this work because we recognize the power of citizenship. It gives aspiring Americans the ability to vote, travel freely, bring their immediate families to the U.S. and access better jobs. Citizenship also makes our communities stronger and more inclusive.

Despite the benefits of citizenship, 61 percent of lawful permanent residents haven’t received any information from the government about the process. That’s why our partners across 18 sites work to connect lawful permanent residents to legal assistance and critical information that decodes the application process for them.

Nearly 9 million immigrants in the United States are eligible to become citizens. By helping lawful permanent residents navigate the path to citizenship, New Americans Campaign and our local partners are helping our country live up to the tenets of its democracy: civic engagement, vibrant communities and building a stronger future for our nation.

Posted on February 22, 2017

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