Weekly Roundup: Our National Partners Hit The Ground Running in 2014

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Our national partners here at the New Americans Campaign wasted little time in making 2014 a great year to become a citizen.

Our friends over at the International Rescue Committee opened up the year looking forward to continued success with their Pathway to Citizenship program – they’re helping refugees and other eligible permanent residents take their first step towards citizenship by providing free professional assistance and citizenship test preparation classes.

Out west, Asian-Americans Advancing Justice kicked off the year with a press conference to announce their new ESL and Civics for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders program to help Asian communities in Los Angeles better prepare for the naturalization exam. They were the only Los Angeles based organization to receive a grant for this work from USCIS.

And, just a few hours north, SIREN and other San Jose service providers began setting the groundwork for the first ethnic media roundtable of the semester. Next Friday, January 18th, ethnic and local San Jose media will have the opportunity to hear about the great work that the New Americans Campaign is doing in the Bay Area from local service providers and eligible permanent residents.

It’s a roaring start to 2014 – our national partners and local service providers are ramped up for what looks to be a great year for new Americans.

Posted on January 10, 2014

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