Houston Holds Citizenship and Immigration Forum on Nov. 17

At Houston’s innovative Citizenship & Immigration Forums, organized by New Americans Campaign partners Neighborhood Centers Inc., The City of Houston’s Office of International Communities and the NALEO Educational Fund as part of Houston’s Citizenship Week, more than 300 participants will receive pro-bono legal consultations and individual assistance with citizenship applications.

As part of a long standing collaborative effort to build local capacity for citizenship, this event connects underserved communities to expert attorneys, community partners as volunteers, eligibility screening, and Civics and English study materials.

2011 marked a record year for the Houston Citizenship and Immigration Forums, with more than 6,700 Houstonians attending the forums and learning about the citizenship process.

WHEN: Saturday, November 17 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m

WHERE: Hiram Clarke Multi-Service Center

3810 West Fuqua

Houston, TX 77045

Posted on November 13, 2012

Our Impact

  • The Campaign has nearly doubled the number of naturalization applications completed in NAC sites by since the first year through over 2,100 naturalization workshops and clinics.
  • Over 136,000 citizenship applications completed since July 2011.

    Saved aspiring citizens and their families nearly $118 million in legal and application fees.
  • Over 2,100 naturalization events hosted, including info sessions, trainings and group application workshops.
  • Adopted scalable technology. MP3 players, Google Voice, and Virtual Private Network (VPN) services are being used to enhance naturalization service delivery.
  • Expanded the New American Workforce (an effort to provide naturalization assistance within corporations) which has partnered with nearly 100 businesses across the nation, ranging from hotels in Miami to American Apparel in Los Angeles.
  • Deployed CitizenshipWorks, an online tool, across the NAC in multiple settings and languages. This quarter the NAC also began to integrate the new CitizenshipWorks mobile phone app into services, and are poised to pilot CitizenshipWorks 2.0 with a New York partner.
  • 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.

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