Welcome to ILRC's Citizenship & Naturalization page. This page offers information and resources for lawyers, advocates and community organizations. The resources contained on this page are intended to be used by trained attorneys, paralegals and community advocates.
If you are seeking assistance with personal immigration matters, check out our resources for additional referrals.
ILRC's role as a national resource center has grown over the past several years. More and more ILRC's scope of service has expanded to include a nationally important role in advocating for the fair treatment of immigrant communities and providing daily critical support for organizations and communities across the country.
For many years, ILRC has had the opportunity to work with America's older immigrant communities and immigrants with disabilities providing their advocates with legal strategies and advice on accommodating the special needs of their clients. ILRC's trainings, educational materials and other support have been the primary source for much needed legal advice for many immigrant services agencies. These services help hundreds of agencies throughout the United States be more efficient and effective in assisting immigrants to become naturalized U.S. citizens and active civic participants.
ILRC's unique position has been valuable to service agencies and the INS as they work to improve the naturalization process.
New Americans Campaign
The New Americans Campaign is a groundbreaking national network of legal-service providers, faith-based organizations, businesses, foundations and community leaders that is paving a better road to citizenship. The Campaign is modernizing and streamlining access to naturalization services, so that greater numbers of legally qualified permanent residents take the critical step to becoming American citizens. Campaign sites and affiliated collaborations have completed over 136,000 naturalization applications and conducted over 2,100 naturalization workshops and clinics across the country. By utilizing innovative technology, free or low cost services, and naturalization application fee waivers, the Campaign has saved immigrant families more than $118,000,000.
The Campaign brings together over 100 organizations across the country including the following key funders who have made an unprecedented investment in supporting aspiring citizens: Carnegie Corporation of New York; Wallace H. Coulter Foundation; Grove Foundation; Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund; JPB Foundation; John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; as well as the legacy funder Open Society Foundations. Local funders also support the work in individual sites.
Under the leadership of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, the following NAC national partners each contribute expertise, building the capacity of local organizations across the U.S.: Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles; Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC); Immigration Advocates Network (IAN); International Rescue Committee (IRC); National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund; National Immigration Forum; National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) and Pro Bono Net.
For more information on the New Americans Campaign, visit the website at www.newamericanscampaign.org.
The New Americans Campaign runs a free online platform for non-profit naturalization practitioners and governmental partners to share learning, materials, and best practices around naturalization. Visit the NAC Ning to join the network.