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July 14, 2013

App Helps People Apply for Citizenship

A new mobile application guides immigrants with green cards through the naturalization process. It was created as part of a campaign to increase the number of people who apply for citizenship.

A nonprofit coalition has created a mobile app to help immigrants with green cards navigate the daunting naturalization process.

CitizenshipWorks helps people determine if they are eligible to become an American citizen and explains the application process and necessary documents. It also helps them find free or low-cost legal assistance and aids the process of studying for the English and civics test. The information is available in both English and Spanish, with more languages to be offered soon.

The app was created by Pro Bono Net, a nonprofit that uses technology to increase access to legal assistance, and the Immigration Advocates Network. It was paid for with money from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the Grove Foundation, and the New Americans Campaign.

A major benefit of the app is that it offers convenient access to easy-to-understand information, says Damian Thorman, national program director at the Knight Foundation: “This tool allows you to go online at 2 p.m. or 3 a.m., depending on your schedule.”

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