In order to be able to vote, naturalization process that allows all qualified new American citizens to vote, is required. This process takes an average of six months. Also, through this naturalization process, new American citizens get their US passport and also, the chance to hold elected office in most of the Countries and states of the US.
The data of the Department of Homeland Security suggests that there has been a steady increase in applications especially in the recent decades, with the country’s highest rates of naturalization belonging to Asian Americans. Only in 2015, from 730,259 new naturalizations in total, 261,374 new Americans were Asian Americans.
Among the highest-ranked people that applying for the US naturalization process was green car holders form Philippines, India and China.
Many organizations, including Asian Americans Advancing Justice Center, hold Citizenship clinics, aiding green card holders to successfully maneuver through their naturalization process.
These clinics are part of the national initiative which is intended to aid community groups to reach a wide number of immigrants and help in the naturalization of as many as possible. In order to gain citizenship, all immigrants need to first own a green card allowing them to have worked and lived in the US on a permanent basis for five years.
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