Immigrant Citizenship


Immigrant Citizenship

Resources and case stories that provide information about the pathways for lawful permanent residents (LPRs) to achieve U.S. citizenship, and options for local officials to support these citizenship efforts and to engage new citizens in their community.


Administrative Relief – The Basics

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced executive action to modify immigration policy that is likely to provide temporary protection from deportation or “deferred action” for up to 1.5 million Californians. Through deferred action, a person is authorized to remain in the United States temporarily and to receive employment authorization. A grant of deferred action does not provide a path to lawful permanent resident status or U.S. citizenship.


Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
A Tipsheet for Local Officials

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was created by the federal government in 2012 to allow certain individuals who came to the United States as children and meet specific guidelines to request consideration to live and work in the United States for a period of two years.  Deferred action does not provide lawful status or a pathway to citizenship.


How Local Officials Can Support Citizenship and Civic Participation
A Tipsheet for Local Officials

This resource excerpts key tips from ILG’s more comprehensive publication entitled, Active Citizens, Stronger Communities: Helping Lawful Permanent Residents Become Citizens — Options for Local Officials

Approximately 2.5 million “lawful permanent residents” living in California are eligible to become U.S. citizens.


Active Citizens, Stronger Communities: Helping Lawful Permanent Residents Become Citizens

This resource explains the process and barriers to citizenship and discusses how local officials can support the naturalization process in a way that creates better community engagement.


Immigrant Citizenship Case Stories

Learn how California local governments are successfully participating in citizenship efforts and engaging new citizens in their communities.


How Local Governments Can Support Citizenship for Eligible Lawful Permanent Residents in California
Thursday, October 17th at 10:30 am

ILG offered a webinar in October 2013 to help local officials build stronger and more cohesive communities by encouraging lawful permanent residents to become citizens. Watch the webinar recording on the right to learn how citizenship can strengthen the ties immigrants have to their communities.

Case Story

Immigrant Integration Interactive Session

The Institute for Local Government organized an interactive session on immigrant integration issues for the League of California Cities’ Peninsula Division in March 2012.