The State Government Guide to Promoting U.S. Citizenship and Facilitating Naturalization

The New Americans Campaign
Date of Publication: 
November, 2020
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Becoming a United States citizen is a logical and beneficial step for many lawful permanent residents, also known as “green card” holders, who have put down roots and are making a life for themselves and their families in this country. U.S. citizenship opens the doors to opportunity and security that will benefit both these motivated individuals and the communities in which they live and work.

The report outlines the many economic, legislative, and personal benefits of naturalization for aspiring citizens and the communities in which they live, providing links to published research that shows the gains that cities and states make when new Americans and their families thrive.

The State Government Guide includes five valuable, and road-tested recommendations for state governments to make the route to U.S. citizenship clear and accessible. The strategies include pragmatic approaches to breaking down the barriers to naturalization like affordability, language, access to legal services, and fear. The recommendations explore the funding, communications, and training that can promote U.S. citizenship and support naturalization services with the help of local government and trusted NGOs.

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The New Americans Campaign (2020, November). The State Government Guide to Promoting U.S. Citizenship and Facilitating Naturalization.