About the Project
In 1915, Bethlehem Steel was one of the first U.S. employers to provide free English language instruction to its immigrant workforce. Now, with 8.8 million immigrants currently eligible for citizenship and over 60 percent of non-naturalized foreign born reporting speaking limited English, the National Immigration Forum is expanding this idea through its innovative initiative.
The Bethlehem Project works with businesses to assist their eligible immigrant employees with the citizenship process so they become full participants in the workplace, community, and economy. Statistics show a direct correlation between immigrant integration and happier, more effective workers that directly impacts business profitability.
Pilots have been established in 4 cities with high concentrations of legal permanent residents in the workforce:
- Los Angeles, California: nearly 1.6 million eligible for citizenship
- Miami, Florida: 520,000 eligible for citizenship
- Silicon Valley, California: 252,000 eligible for citizenship
- D.C. Metro Area: 270,000 eligible for citizenship
THREE STEP PROCESS
The Bethlehem Project facilitates accessible citizenship assistance through a three step process that targets legal permanent residents of low to moderate income at their workplace.
- Pre-screening workshops will determine employees' eligibility and provide information about the application process.
- Workshops will be held during breaks or before/after work hours.
Citizenship Application Workshops
- Next, employees will be invited to an application workshop at the worksite or offsite.
- Receive in-person assistance and/or use Citizenship Works, a computer program that assists with determining eligibility and completing the application.
- To pass the naturalization test, immigrants must possess a basic knowledge of U.S. history and the U.S. Constitution (and the ability to read, understand and answer questions in English).
- Group and one-on-one tutorials will be provided, if possible, on site, or nearby.
Manager of Integration Programs