Monday, August 12, 2013

Companies help immigrants obtain US citizenship

Helping their employees who are immigrants get through the citizenship process would be a benefit to both the employers and their workers.   - - Donna Poisl

Written by Amy Taxin, Associated Press

SANTA ANA, CALIF. — Some employers are now helping immigrants reach their dream of becoming Americans.

Health clinics, hotels and a clothing factory are pairing up with immigrant advocates to offer on-site citizenship assistance as one of the perks of the job in greater Los Angeles, Miami, Washington and Silicon Valley as they aim to make naturalization more convenient for the 8.5 million legal immigrants eligible to become U.S. citizens.

The effort is billed as a win-win for both employee and employers: Workers avoid legal fees and having to shuttle to and from law offices to complete applications; companies create a deeper bond with immigrant workers; and there’s little cost as nonprofits pick up the tab.
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