NAC news release: New Americans Campaign to Counteract Tougher Path to Citizenship

New Americans Campaign to Counteract Tougher Path to Citizenship
Citizenship Application Form to Double in Length, but Service Providers Will Smooth the Process

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Early this morning, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a change to the N-400 form — the citizenship application form that all aspiring Americans must fill out — that stands to make the citizenship application process more burdensome for millions of green card holders eligible for citizenship.

When the change goes into effect May 5, green card holders will face a citizenship application form that is twice as long, due to 10 additional pages of questions. (Click here to see the old form).

The New Americans Campaign, a nationwide collaborative working on innovative ways to help green card holders become citizens, plans to counteract the form change with dozens of citizenship workshops nationwide in the coming months:

“Green card holders have a 90 day window where they can use the old form — and the New Americans Campaign will hold dozens of free citizenship assistance events nationwide to make sure as many people as possible apply for citizenship before the change,” said Eric Cohen, Executive Director of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, which leads the campaign. “For those green card holders waiting to take the critical step of becoming citizens, there’s no better time than now.”

 

 

Posted on February 4, 2014

Our Impact

  • The Campaign has increased the number of naturalization applications completed in NAC sites by 90% from year one to year three, through nearly 2,000 naturalization workshops and clinics.
  • Over 120,000 citizenship applications completed since July 2011.

    Saved aspiring citizens and their families nearly $105 million in legal and application fees.
  • Almost 2,000 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 Bethlehem Project (an effort to provide naturalization assistance within corporations) which has partnered with 85 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.
  • 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