Immigration Accountability Executive Action

On November 20th, President Obama announced his Immigration Accountability Executive Action, which includes a Citizenship Awareness Campaign aimed at providing information about U.S. citizenship and the naturalization process in the 10 states where three-quarters of LPRs reside. Visit a NAC site in one of those states for information about citizenship!

On November 20th, President Obama announced his Immigration Accountability Executive Action, which includes a Citizenship Awareness Campaign aimed at providing information about U.S. citizenship and the naturalization process in the 10 states where three-quarters of LPRs reside. Visit a NAC site in one of those states for information about citizenship!

On November 20th, President Obama addressed the Nation in a prime time announcement that detailed his Immigration Accountability Executive Action. Overall, the President’s actions are expected to help approximately 4.9 million people. These actions cover a range of immigration topics, including deferred action, impacts on businesses, workers, and entrepreneurs, border security, interior enforcement, and naturalization and integration. 

How the Immigration Accountability Executive Action Impacts Naturalization and Integration

Task Force on New Americans

Through a Presidential Memorandum, the President will create a White House Task Force on New Americans that will be led by Cecilia Muñoz, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, and DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson. The Task Force will be asked to provide a strategy for addressing immigrant integration within 90 days.

Citizenship Awareness Campaign

Also, USCIS will create a citizenship awareness media campaign to provide information about U.S. citizenship and the naturalization process in the 10 states where three-quarters of LPRs reside (Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Virginia and Washington).

Naturalization Fees

USCIS will also expand options for paying naturalization fees to include credit cards by the end of 2015 and explore additional measures to expand accessibility. This includes studying a potential partial fee waiver for applicants whose income is more than 150% and no greater than 200% of the federal poverty level or a scaled adjustment to the fee based on a range of income levels.

 

Please contact the New Americans Campaign or one of its partners in your city for information about citizenship and naturalization services.

Posted on November 21, 2014

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