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Remote Naturalization Services

The New Americans Campaign wants to help you during the upcoming months while we are all experiencing widespread closures and uncertainty due to the Coronavirus epidemic. There has been tremendous growth in the number of naturalized citizens over the past 20 years. The Pew Research Center reported currently 23 million naturalized citizens who are eligible […]

March 25, 2020

New U.S. Citizenship Fee Rules Explained

What’s up with the fees to apply for U.S. citizenship? Has the government changed the rules? The rules about how much it costs to apply for naturalization, and how to apply for a fee waiver, are in flux. The Fee Rule changes are currently under review by USCIS and more than 43,000 comments were submitted […]

February 18, 2020

Adriana Huerta and the ERC Citizenship Ambassador Program: A loan “with a catch” builds a program

After graduates of the Employee Rights Center’s citizenship program in San Diego take their oath of citizenship, they frequently return to the ERC to pose for photos—holding high their new US citizenship certificates. Celebrating by their side, in photo after photo, is Adriana Huerta, the Center’s Community Health Educator. Huerta is a cheerleader for naturalization […]

January 13, 2020

The New Workshop Model: If we’re going to send something into space, it has to be simple.

The Orange County New Americans Campaign partners have been developing a new model for large citizenship group processing workshops that they shared with colleagues from across the country in August. Noticeably absent from the naturalization workshop that concluded the New Americans Campaign’s 2019 national conference were those long, long, lines of waiting attendees. To understand […]

November 18, 2019

Annual USCIS grant program supports the citizenship and integration services of our local partners

The United States Citizenship and immigration Services (USCIS) announced its 11th annual citizenship and assimilation grants at the end of September. Nearly $10 million dollars supporting citizenship preparation services will be divided among 41 organizations in 24 states. Eleven of the grants, that range from $225,000 to $250,000, will be awarded to New Americans Campaign […]

October 2, 2019

Digital Communication & Civic Engagement: What Works?

Text. WeChat. Emojis. Chatbots. Facebook. NationBuilder. Do you use any of these (or all) to communicate with your immigrant community about the resources you provide on their path to citizenship? Participants in the Civic Engagement plenary of 2019 New Americans Campaign conference have been experimenting with these digital tools and were on hand to share […]

October 1, 2019

Citizenship Grants: Local Governments Investing in Residents Who Are Pursuing Their Dreams

These are stressful times for immigrants in America: from the policing, detention, and deportation of immigrant families, to visa and citizenship processing delays, to the airwaves filled with hateful rhetoric. So when immigrant residents of Montgomery County, MD learn that their local government wants to make it easier for them to become U.S. citizens, they […]

September 26, 2019

Immigration Is About Hope and Risk, Opportunities and Sacrifice, and Above All—It’s About Love and Family

The remarks of Angela Cheng at the Annual New Americans Campaign “United for Citizenship” Conference in Orange County, August 2019 Good morning! My name is Angela Cheng; I’m a program officer at The JPB Foundation. JPB is a national foundation based in New York and we have supported the NAC since 2012. In April we […]

August 28, 2019

Weaving Civic Fabric

The opening remarks of Melissa Rodgers of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Director of the New Americans Campaign, at the National New Americans Campaign Practitioners Conference, August 2019. Good morning. When I walked into the hotel last night, I saw familiar faces from all over the country. I’m so happy to see you all! Like […]

August 27, 2019

Making Citizenship a Top Priority

In May, New America’s Public Interest Technology Fellow, Raph Majma, and his colleagues published a report titled Understanding Catalysts for Citizenship Application. It’s an important and informative read—food for thought when looking for new ways to encourage lawful permanent residents to apply for U.S. citizenship. We spoke with Raph Majma about some of the study’s […]

August 19, 2019