New Americans Initiative

Promoting civic engagement through United States Citizenship

New Americans Initiative

The State of Illinois is home to 1.8 million immigrants, the tenth largest immigrant population of any state in the nation. Immigrants make up 13.5% of our state's population and 17.5% of our state's workforce. Of these immigrants, 850,000 are U.S. Citizens, and another 370,000 are currently eligible to become U.S. Citizens

This integrated citizenship campaign run by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) uses grassroots and media outreach in 25 different languages to provide legal screening, application processing, and English and citizenship test preparation services to immigrants throughout Illinois.

U.S. citizenship is the path to full participation in our nation. You can vote, travel freely, protect yourself and your family members from the possibility of deportation, petition to unite with other family members, hold a wider range of jobs, and have access to all of the rights, benefits, and responsibilities of a full member of the United States of America.

Repeated studies confirm that naturalization increases capacity of immigrants to succeed while simultaneously helping immigrant communities and the economy to grow. The annual median salary increases 55% when a person becomes a citizen, increasing income taxes by $34.1 million. Naturalized citizens are also twice as likely to speak English as non-citizens.




Immigration Legal Resources

Many non-profit organizations and private attorneys offer help with immigration legal matters.

CLICK HERE for a list of Illinois non-profit organizations that offer immigration help. 

CLICK HERE for a detailed directory of non-profit organizations that offer immigration help to Illinois residents.

CLICK HERE for a list of private attorneys who provide representation in immigration cases.

Our Partners: 

The New Americans Initiative (NAI) consists of the lead agency, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), and 50 immigrant and refugee community based organizations (CBOs) that are linguistically and culturally competent to serve low-income vulnerable LEPs and provide training and assistance for eligible LPRs to apply successfully for citizenship and assist immigrant youths in applying for DACA.

Albany Park Community Center

Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment

Arab American Action Network

Arab American Family Services

Brighton Park Neighborhood Association

Centro de Información

Centro De Trabajadores Unidos

Centro Romero

Chinese American Service League

Chinese Mutual Aid Association

Enlace – Chicago

Erie Neighborhood House

Family Focus Aurora

Federación de Clubes Michoacanos en Illinois

Fr. Gary Graf Center (Most Blessed Trinity)

Hana Center

Hanul Family Alliance

Hispanic American Community Education and Services

Immigration Project

Indo-American Center

Instituto del Progreso Latino

Interfaith Leadership Project

Iraqi Mutual Aid Society

Jewish Child & Family Services - Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society

Latino Organization of the Southwest

Logan Square Neighborhood Association

Mano A Mano Family Resource Center

Mujeres Latinas en Acción

Muslim Women Resource Center

National Immigrant Justice Center

Northern Alliance For Immigrants

Northern Illinois Justice For Our Neighbors

Northside Community Resources

PASO- West Suburban Action Project

Polish American Association

Quad Cities Alliance For Immigrant and Refugees

Refugee One

Pan African Association

Rock Valley College

Southwest Organizing Project

Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project

Spanish Community Center

The Resurrection Project

Township High School District 214 Community Education

United African Organization

University YMCA

Vietnamese Association of Illinois

World Relief Chicago

World Relief DuPage

World Relief Moline

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