The Citizenship for New Americans Program (CNAP) was launched, with a State appropriation of $500,000, in October 2006 to help legal permanent residents of Massachusetts become U.S. citizens. Services are provided by twenty-four community-based organizations across the state, from the Berkshires to New Bedford, and include: English for speakers of other languages (ESOL)/civics classes; application assistance; interview preparation help; and other support services such as interpretation and referral services.
In addition to helping applicants navigate the complex naturalization process, CNAP providers encourage civic engagement in a variety of ways. Several programs have combined forces to hold voter registration drives. Another program visits local high schools in order to inform immigrant youth of the importance of civic participation. Yet another program hosts town meetings where New Americans can meet their elected officials and candidates for office.
Since its inception in 2006, CNAP providers have served nearly 10,000 Massachusetts residents. As a result of our combined efforts, 2,100 clients have been sworn in as new American citizens able to fully participate in the life of their new homeland!
This information is provided by the Office for Refugees and Immigrants.