Overview of New American Workforce

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September 18, 2017

Citizenship and Business: A Win-Win

New American Workforce seeks to work with businesses to assist their eligible immigrant employees with the citizenship process so they become more valuable workers and full participants in the workplace, community, and economy.

In 1915, Bethlehem Steel was one of the first U.S. employers to provide free English language instruction to its immigrant workforce. We expanded this idea to include citizenship training and assistance. We look to work with innovative companies that are in the forefront as strategic diversity leaders. We offer each partner customizable services for their operation that don’t increase personnel workload.

Nationally, there are approximately 8.8 million immigrants eligible for citizenship, including:

Los Angeles, CA: nearly 1.5 million
NYC area, NY: nearly 1.5 million
San Jose area, CA: 536,000
Miami area, FL: 483,000
D.C. metro area: 286,000
Houston, TX: 262,000
San Diego, CA: 204,000
Detroit, MI: 98,000

Project Overview
New American Workforce facilitates citizenship assistance through a two-step process. This is offered on the worksite and often during employee breaks or before/after work hours.
Information Workshops – Experienced immigration professionals provide an introduction to the citizenship process; including eligibility requirements, benefits of citizenship and group Q&A.
Application Workshops – Employees receive one-on-one assistance to further determine eligibility and complete the application.
Civics Instruction – In order to pass the naturalization test, immigrants must possess a basic knowledge of U.S. history and proficiency in English. Group and one-on-one tutorials are provided as an optional follow up.

Benefits to Businesses
Creating an innovative corporate-community partnership that helps employees become U.S. Citizens is a win-win. Statistics show that there is a direct correlation between immigrant integration and happier, more effective workers directly impacting business profitability.

Celebrate the diversity in your company’s workforce.
Build employee recruitment, loyalty, retention and productivity.
Promote understanding of low to moderate income immigrant workers within your company.
Generate goodwill among a growing foreign-born consumer demographic in a global market.
Create positive publicity opportunities (if desired).
For immigrants, becoming a citizen means the ability to realize the American Dream and make a long term investment in their families, communities and economy.

How is the project funded?
New American Workforce is funded by many generous foundations, corporations and individuals. Some of these include The Grove Foundation, Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, Carnegie Corporation of New York and The JPB Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, Houston Endowment, Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

Partners
The National Immigration Forum (Forum) is the organizer and manager – acting as the go-between with local and national businesses and regional community agencies that provide citizenship facilitation. The Forum identifies regional service providers equipped to offer citizenship training and works with businesses to coordinate the training with the service providers. The Forum ensures the quality and effectiveness of training.

The National Immigration Forum (the Forum)
The Forum is the leading non-profit organization advocating for the value of immigrants and immigration in our country. We work across party lines with businesses, faith based organizations and law enforcement agencies to promote practical immigration reform that values families, a thriving economy and national security.

For more information contact Jennie Murray, Director of Integration Programs, jmurray@immigrationforum.org.

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