Top 10 Highlights of 2014

As we embark on a new and exciting year, the New Americans Campaign is taking a look back on everything accomplished in 2014.

These are the top ten highlights of the year for the New Americans Campaign:

1.       146,000 Citizenship Applications Completed

Since July of 2011, the NAC has helped LPRs complete 146,000 citizenship applications.

2.       $118 Million Saved

Aspiring citizens and their families saved over $118 million in legal and application fees since July 2011.

3.       6 Ethnic Media Roundtables

In partnership with New America Media, NAC hosted Ethnic Media Roundtables in San Jose, Los Angeles, Detroit, Houston, New York, and Dallas. These roundtables brought together LPRs, media contacts, and NAC partners to raise awareness of the importance of becoming a citizen and to promote upcoming citizenship workshops at NAC sites.

4.       Helped LPRs in the Face of the N400 Change

In May the N400 form, the official application form for citizenship, doubled in length. The NAC promoted its citizenship workshops in the face of this change and legal service providers were there to help process naturalization applications and assist LPRs in applying for fee waivers.

Learn more here:

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New US Citizenship Application Form Criticized as Tedious

5.       Improved Efficiency

In 2014, NAC sites began drafting Efficiency Improvement Plans, setting goals to increase their local and regional capabilities. Some goals include expanding the use of the volunteers at citizenship workshops, optimizing service delivery, and increasing community outreach.

6.       Celebrated Citizenship Day

NAC participated in Citizenship Day 2014 throughout the entire month of September and shared stories about immigrants through the series “Great Immigrants – I’m Becoming a Citizen Because…

7.       Celebrated Immigrant Heritage Month

NAC partnered with Welcome.us to promote the first annual Immigrant Heritage Month in June. NAC partners hosted several dozen citizenship workshops as part of the month-long celebrations.

8.       Twitter Party

On April 8th, the New Americans Campaign, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund and Univisión Contigo hosted a special Twitter citizenship celebration to highlight the importance of becoming #newamericans.

These are the top moments.

9.       Welcomed New Sites to the NAC

The NAC grew to 17 sites with 100 partner organizations.

10.   Came together in May for a mega-workshop in New York

Local and national NAC partners came to NYC in May to hold a joint workshop that served over 400 aspiring citizens.

 

The NAC looks forward to continuing its support of the millions of aspiring new Americans in 2015!

Posted on January 23, 2015

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