In Los Angeles and the rest of the state, an immigrant can typically apply for U.S citizenship after he or she has had a green card for five years. Immigrants are required to pass English and civics test and pay application fees in order to become citizens. These tests and fees can be intimidating to some immigrants, but a few employers are trying to do something about that.
In Los Angeles, some employers are offering their immigrant employees access to citizenship assistance while on the job. Experts believe this can benefit both parties involved. The employee gets to receive the benefits of becoming a U.S. citizen, and the employer is able to keep low-wage workers with a sense of loyalty.
This process differs from employment-based immigration programs in that the employer is actually helping the employee to naturalize. The employees are typically low-wage workers who may not be able to afford the application fees or be able to travel to complete the process. Instead the process is brought to them.
Employers may offer to pay the application fees and then deduct them from the employee’s next pay checks. Others may pay for English classes so that their employees can pass the English portion of the test.
If you currently have a green card and are interested in learning more about employment-based immigration and naturalization, you would be well advised to speak with an immigration attorney. A lawyer can put you on the right path toward your goal of becoming a U.S. citizen.
Source: Source: AOL Jobs, “Newest Perk: Employers Help Immigrant Workers Get Citizenship,” Aug. 12, 2013