According to a recent article in the San Diego Union Tribune, more employers in San Diego than in any other city provide legal and/or financial assistance to gain citizenship to their employees who are legal permanent residents through the nationwide program “New American Workforce”.
Here is what you need to know:
- “New American Workforce” is a nationwide program run by the nonprofit organization “National Immigration Forum” in Washington, D.C.
- More than 25% of the 200 companies participating nationwide are located in San Diego
- The program’s objective is to help employees with the naturalization process, that is the somewhat costly and complex process of becoming a U.S. citizen
- There are several ways in which employers can help their employees on the way to citizenship:
- provide financial assistance by paying part of the application fees or offering microloans
- provide legal assistance to overcome obstacles such as minor problems in the applicants immigration or criminal history
- The program’s many benefits can be enjoyed by many, especially the citizen employee, the employer, and the San Diego economy:
- Citizen employees build self-esteem and pride and are happier
- Employers benefit from their enhanced productivity and loyalty
- San Diego’s communities become stronger and more inclusive, which leads to a stronger economy
If you would like to learn more about the program, click here.
To read the San Diego Union Tribune’s full story, including opinions of local business leaders and politicians, click here.