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Employers helping employees obtain citizenship

We are seeing more and more employers doing what they can to assist their employees obtain citizenship.  Companies frequently work with immigrant advocates in California in an attempt to make certain employees can legally remain within this country.

Employers likely would not pursue such a course unless they perceived a long-term benefit from this sort of action.  Ultimately immigrant workers feel a greater sense of loyalty towards a company that has helped them out in such an important endeavor.

Though immigrant employees can generally apply for citizenship after five years of having a green card, these workers are often hampered in doing so due to a lack of financial resources. This is especially true of low-income workers. The immigrant workers may also need tutoring in order to be able to pass the series of civic tests that must be taken along with the ability to understand the English language.

While employers in the past for whatever reason did not involve themselves in the process, we are seeing more California businesses helping out concerning the various requirements. Some employers will even pay the $680 naturalization fee on behalf of their employees.

As attorneys involved in helping individuals obtain citizenship, we welcome any assistance that businesses may offer. We at the same time will provide any legal advice that these employees may need to meet their various citizenship concerns.

Now that the job market has become tighter businesses are seeing the kind of benefit immigrant workers offer to the company. While naturalized citizens may be reluctant to take on lower-income jobs, immigrant workers often look at such jobs as an opportunity to involve themselves in the American workforce and as a means to help move their families into the United States.

Source: The Modesto Bee, "Companies help immigrants obtain US Citizenship," Amy Taxin, Aug. 3, 2013

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