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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 become a citizen – citizens stand to earn up to 11 percent more in wages over a lifetime, they have access to more and better-paying jobs, and they can help their children under 18 become citizens,” said Eric Cohen, Executive Director of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, the lead organization for the New Americans Campaign. “But it also goes beyond that – citizenship gives you an equal voice because citizens can vote. It empowers you to exert control over what happens to your family and community. This Citizenship Day, we’re helping hundreds reach that opportunity.”

This year, Citizenship Day will be observed on Friday, Sept. 16. Please visit the New Americans Campaign calendar of events for a full list of activities taking place throughout the month.

Posted on September 1, 2016

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