Top 10 Highlights of 2013

2013 was a memorable year for the New Americans Campaign.

From Los Angeles to New York, and online actions to offline results, our legal service providers and campaign partners hosted dozens of free citizenship events nationwide, launched new mobile tools to help people with their citizenship application, engaged with new partners and took over Twitter.

Check out the top ten highlights of the year that was for the New Americans Campaign:

1) 80,000 Citizenship Applications Completed

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We surpassed 80,000 citizenship applications for LPRs since 2011.

2) $67 million

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Lawful permanent residents using New Americans Campaign services have saved an estimated $67 million in legal and application fees in the last two years.

3) CitizenshipWorks launched as a mobile app

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In July of this year, the CitizenshipWorks app went live at the iTunes store and on Android — now, lawful permanent residents can take their first step towards citizenship on their phones.

4) Expanded upon the group processing workshop model

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We experimented with our group processing workshop model for helping lawful permanent residents — and helped over 1,000 lawful permanent residents at one Miami workshop.

5) Saw our partnership with libraries become a national program

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USCIS and the Institute of Museum and Library Services spread the “citizenship corner” program originally piloted by the New Americans Campaign to over 9,000 libraries nationwide.

6) Welcomed new businesses to the Bethlehem Project

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American Apparel and Baptist Health — South Florida were among the many new businesses that began providing citizenship services to their eligible employees.

7) Celebrated Citizenship Day in all of our sites — including a press conference in our nation’s capital.

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8) Launched @nacnow — and took over Twitter on Citizenship Day

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Our hashtag — #NewAmericans — reached over 1 million people on Twitter during Citizenship Day.

9) Promoted the economic benefits of naturalization

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Citizenship alone can boost individual earning by 8-11% — which could lead to $21-45 billion in cumulative earnings that could have ripple effects in our national economy.

10) Held the first-ever “United for Citizenship” conference in Los Angeles

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Over 100 attendees from New Americans Campaign partner organizations shared innovative new practices.

The New Americans Campaign continued its ground-breaking work for our nation’s 8.8 million lawful permanent residents in 2013. We look forward to helping thousands of lawful permanent residents take their first step towards citizenship in 2014.

Posted on December 30, 2013

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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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

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