September 17 2013
MIAMI — Baptist Health South Florida is hosting on-site workshops for potential new citizens this week to mark National Citizenship day Tuesday.
The company is one of about a dozen businesses in California, Florida and Washington D.C. that are part of a pilot program to help their employees make the leap to citizenship. The National Immigration Forum is behind the program dubbed the Bethlehem Project.
The companies work with service providers to walk employees through the paperwork and to offer tutorials so they can pass the citizenship language and civics exams. They also provide some help with the $680 application.
Baptist offers low interest credit union loans for citizenship fees. Other companies have offered to let workers to put their vacation days toward the cost of citizenship.