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Virtual Citizenship Workshops Shift Into High Gear This September

The coronavirus pandemic brought an end to the large in-person, indoor workshops that many of our New Americans Campaign partners worked tirelessly to orchestrate over the years. It did not, however, put an end to the need. With a substantial fee hike looming on October 2, many of our partners have become more flexible, creative, […]

September 16, 2020

Citizenshipworks: Virtual Review Pioneer

The online platform Citizenshipworks was launched in 2011 to make applying for citizenship easier and more accessible. It was designed by three non-profits, Immigration Advocates Network, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center and Pro Bono Net, to provide in-person naturalization service providers with an online tool to help complete naturalization applications. The world has turned upside […]

September 3, 2020

Martha Olivas: “For so long I felt that this is my children’s country, my grandchildren’s country, and now I know it is my country too.”

Martha Olivas, who became a citizen on February 28, 2020, told us her story with the help of Michel Rangel, an immigration program coordinator at Arkansas Immigrant Defense, a New Americans Campaign partner, who translated the discussion from Spanish. Martha Olivas: I applied for citizenship because that was my dream, I love this country. I’ve […]

August 25, 2020

Lessons from Our Virtual World Part Three

In this third and final installment of Lessons from Our Virtual World we hear from service providers in New York City where priorities have shifted in the pandemic’s devastating wake. Click here to read Part One and Part Two. GMHC and NALEO Educational Fund In New York City, where the COVID-19 pandemic has hit the […]

June 17, 2020

Lessons from Our Virtual World Part Two

In Part Two of this series of three posts we go to Atlanta, Georgia to learn how the IRC Atlanta’s virtual review pilot project is adapting to meet the new challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic. Click here to read Part One. The International Rescue Committee in Atlanta The IRC in Atlanta, Georgia, also had […]

June 16, 2020

Lessons from Our Virtual World Part One

When the coronavirus pandemic shut the doors of naturalization service providers last March, some New Americans Campaign partners were already testing remote services. But no one could have imagined the impact the quarantine would have on aspiring U.S. citizens or the legal services providers who serve them. The pandemic has created significant obstacles. People are […]

June 15, 2020

Candida Almonte: I saw the green-eyed woman from my dream and thought to myself, “I’ve already passed this test!”

Candida Almonte, who became a U.S. citizen on December 6, 2019, told us her story with the help of Sonia Santana, an immigration program coordinator at Dominicanos USA, a New Americans Campaign partner, who translated the discussion from Spanish. Candida Almonte: I’ve lived in the United States for 18 years. I am from the Dominican […]

May 1, 2020

Claudia Morales: The judge was an immigrant as well. Her story was very similar to mine.

I am originally from Santiago, Chile, and I have lived in the United States for almost 19 years. My mom had two siblings that were already living in the United States and they convinced my parents to move here. They thought there would be better opportunities for my sister and me. So after my grandparents […]

March 30, 2020

Chinyere Melville: “It’s an indescribable feeling. I saw grown men cry.”

I’m originally from Trinidad and Tobago. I came here when I was 19 years old to go to college, but wasn’t able to finish my degree at the time. In 2012 I got my green card through marriage and became eligible for citizenship three years later. But I did not actually make an appointment to […]

February 24, 2020

Julie Garner-Pringle: At the citizenship test, “I was so nervous I actually stumbled as I read the English sentence even though it’s my first language!”

I’m originally from Winnipeg, Canada. I have a teaching degree, so I first went to Hungary to teach English, and then to Egypt where I met and married my now ex-husband. Our sons were born in Egypt and, 20 years ago, we decided it was time to leave there to raise our kids. My ex’s […]

February 12, 2020