Completing online applications when it comes to visas or other immigrant matters can be difficult. Most applicants will need to use guides, or the help of an attorney or close relative in order to fill out their application, and complete it without having any major problems. However, there are other resources as well, such as whole organizations who can assist applicants with their citizenship application, and also be an offline resource.
Working to advance immigrant integration and active citizenship among new citizens, the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) represents 41 regional immigrant and refugee rights organizations in 35 states across the United States. NPNA helps immigrant-serving organizations build capacity to provide legal services, English language skills, and leadership development. In other words, once individuals have completed their N-400 Application for Naturalization and have taken the oath of Allegiance, NPNA works to help newly naturalized citizens integrate into American society.
While some might argue that such a resource does little to help naturalized citizens, it should also be noted that with such services, and grassroots organizing, those who are on the fence about filing their N-400 with the USCIS might feel more comfortable knowing there is help waiting on the other side of the finish line.
The organization is broken up into many different programs run by smaller grassroots organizations that help with fundraising, email campaigns, and direct interventions in communities. One of the ultimate aims of NPNA is to increase awareness for the issue of citizenship amongst immigrants who are legal permanent residents in the U.S. The umbrella organization is trying to reduce some of the stigma associated with being an immigrant, and making the process something that individuals can talk about in public life without fear of consequence.
While there is a plethora of information online regarding immigration and all of the latest efforts to reach people who are in need, such grassroots efforts spread via NPNA help individuals in community settings.
For example, one of their programs, “Cities for Citizenship” is a major national initiative of 72 cities and counties aimed at increasing citizenship among eligible U.S. permanent residents and encouraging cities across the country to invest in citizenship programs. It is chaired by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Another program called “Naturalize Now” is a nationally coordinated nonpartisan effort to encourage eligible legal permanent residents to take the first step in participating in America’s democracy by becoming a U.S. citizen. Through an application assistance event, and communications, Naturalize Now is expanding access to citizenship and permanent protection right now.
Finally, one another aspect this organization does an amazing job with is providing several online PDFs and other documents as it relates to United States citizen rights. Again, another major barrier in applying for citizenship is the fear of possible deportation. The NPNA has online resources anyone can access with regard to:
- Emergency legal defense
- Court tips and preparation toolkits
- A guide for employers to protect the workplace and workers
- Family financial planning in Spanish and English
Overall, NPNA does a great job at providing assistance to newly naturalized citizens which has the unintended consequence of reducing the stigma against immigration and also helping to empower those who are in the process or perhaps have yet to start their N-400 application.