Celebrating Citizenship

September 19, 2016

This month, thousands of lawful permanent residents (LPRs) throughout the country are taking the next step toward becoming United States citizens. They do so by attending free or low-cost events hosted by New Americans Campaign partners across more than 18 cities nationwide. On Sept. 17, our country celebrates Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, commemorating the […]

Persistence to Naturalize Pays off

September 15, 2016

Celia and Alfredo Ramirez moved to the United States from Mexico in 1998. Celia came with a green card for which her daughter petitioned and Alfredo on a tourist visa, later becoming a lawful permanent resident as well. More than a decade ago the Ramirezes applied for citizenship as soon as they were eligible. Both […]

Meet Mariana, Campaign Partner and New U.S. Citizen

September 9, 2016

Earlier this week, the Latin American Association, a New Americans Campaign partner in Atlanta, honored Mariana Maneiro, a staff member who recently became a U.S. citizen. Meet Mariana in this excerpt below by the Latin American Association. Mariana Maneiro decided to become a U.S. citizen earlier this year. After living in the U.S. for 15 […]

Taking Action Toward Citizenship

September 1, 2016

Today marks the start of Citizenship Month, a 30-day celebration culminating in Citizenship Day on Saturday, Sept. 17. In more than 18 cities nationwide, New Americans Campaign partners will host free workshops to help hundreds of citizenship-eligible lawful permanent residents (LPRs) take the critical next step to apply for citizenship. “There are many reasons to […]

Citizenship: “There is no better way to call a country home”

August 25, 2016

Oscar Acevedo came to the United States from the Dominican Republic when he was thirteen. His mother, sponsored by her mother, was granted a green card and moved to the U. S. in quest of better opportunities for her sons and herself. Those opportunities abounded. Six years later, Oscar, now nineteen, both graduated high school […]

Citizen After 60 Years: “It was all worth it”

August 23, 2016

Gabriele Wallace was always interested in politics. Having grown up during World War II, she experienced first-hand the importance of getting along during difficult times. As a child, Gabriele was forced to flee her country with her mother and three siblings when Russia invaded. They went to Prague and later sought refuge back in Germany, […]

New Americans Campaign Partners Unite for Citizenship in San Francisco

August 18, 2016

Earlier this month, more than 225 New Americans Campaign partners from across the country convened in San Francisco for the annual United for Citizenship Practitioners Conference. The conference, held Aug. 3-5, provided local partners the opportunity to share best practices, network with other practitioners and volunteer at a large citizenship workshop. “The New Americans Campaign […]

NY Governor Launches Program to Promote Citizenship

August 17, 2016

In Partnership with the New York Daily News, Robin Hood Foundation, SUNY Albany, Stanford University, and George Mason University, “NaturalizeNY” Waives Naturalization Fee for 2,000 Eligible Low-Income Working Immigrants through lottery New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently launched “NaturalizeNY,” the first public-private partnership of its kind to encourage and assist eligible immigrants to become U.S. citizens. […]

Korean-American Communities in Chicago Achieve Citizenship

August 15, 2016

Last year, 34 lawful permanent residents from 13 different countries became U.S. citizens at a special oath ceremony with the Korean community in Chicago. It had been 30 years since a ceremony like this was hosted. Among those newly minted Americans was 85-year-old SaHoon Kim, who came to the U.S. from Korea 40 years ago. […]

One Million Immigrants May Benefit from Partial Fee Waiver

August 11, 2016

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently proposed an adjustment to the immigration and naturalization fee at the beginning of the upcoming fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. While the fee for naturalization will increase from $595 to $640, USCIS also proposes a partial fee waiver for immigrants making between 150 percent and 200 percent of […]

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.

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