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Prioritizing U.S. Citizenship

The authors of the report Making Citizenship an Organizing Principle of the U.S. Immigration System gathered for an online discussion on June 9 with Felicia Escobar Carrillo, Chief of Staff of the Office of the Director of USCIS, and Kelly Ryan, Senior Adviser and Chair of the Interagency Working Group on the Promotion of Naturalization. […]

June 14, 2021

What USA Learns learned during the Covid-19 pandemic

Last year, teachers of adult English language and U.S. citizenship classes had to pivot quickly when the pandemic hit. Instructors tried to maintain forward momentum and keep students engaged virtually, despite daunting obstacles. When USCIS offices were closed and citizenship workshops were canceled, the naturalization process stalled, and the backlog soared. To add to the […]

April 8, 2021

Naturalization Policy Update

The Biden Harris Administration has begun to remove the unnecessary and hateful barriers to the naturalization process imposed by the previous president. These recent policy decisions align with priorities supported by the New Americans Campaign and advocated by the Naturalization Working Group (NWG) which sent recommendations to members of the Biden Harris transition team. Below is […]

March 8, 2021

New American Campaign partners and affiliates receive USCIS grants

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced its 12th annual citizenship and assimilation grants on September 30. We are pleased to announce that 13 of our New Americans Campaign partners and affiliates received grants this year. In total, 39 organizations in 18 states that will share the award of nearly $10 million. The funding […]

December 1, 2020

Making Naturalization a State Priority in 2021: A New Guide for State Government

The 2020 election marks a turning point that offers new opportunities for naturalization. There is much talk of positive immigration reforms and much work to do. The U.S. is currently home to 9 million lawful permanent residents eligible to naturalize. During the worst months of the pandemic, the route to U.S. citizenship was completely shut […]

November 19, 2020

IRC Volunteer Sarah Johnson: Raising Funds in Phoenix with a New Americans Campaign EFFORTS Grant

The New Americans Campaign, with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, set up a fund in 2018 to help partners develop and experiment with new fundraising strategies for their naturalization programs. The goal of the Experimentation Fund for Optimizing Revenue-raising Techniques & Streams (EFFORTS) was to encourage partners to find new revenue streams, […]

October 23, 2020

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

A new survey on changing naturalization procedures finds the road to U.S. citizenship is rockier than ever

The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) released a new report in July, A Rockier Road to U.S. Citizenship? Findings of a Survey on Changing Naturalization Procedures, that sheds light on a disturbing trend observed by many naturalization service providers since the beginning of the Trump administration—it’s becoming more difficult, more time intensive, and more burdensome to […]

July 31, 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