The 2022 State of New American Citizenship Report - No Hate
Boundless Immigration, Inc
The immigration law firm, Boundless, has written the 2022 State Of New American Citizenship Report, using public data to understand national trends in the handling of citizenship applications. Below is an excerpt from their website:
As of January 2021, roughly 9.2 million immigrants in the United States are lawful permanent residents (green card holders) eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship.
Naturalization is the process by which an immigrant becomes a U.S. citizen.It has considerable economic benefits at the individual, regional, and national levels. Naturalized immigrants earn around 10% more in annual income than non-naturalized immigrants (controlling for skills, education, and fluency in English), suggesting that naturalization, which gives skilled immigrants the long-term freedom to live and work in the United States, makes them more attractive to employers and leads to higher-paying jobs.
A 2015 study in 21 U.S. cities found that if all eligible immigrant residents were to naturalize, their aggregate income would increase by $5.7 billion, leading to an increase in homeownership of more than 45,000 people and a $2billion increase in tax revenue.. If just half the eligible immigrant population of the United States naturalized, the increased earnings and demand for home ownership could boost the nation’s GDP by $45 billion per year.
However, barriers to becoming a U.S. citizen have gotten worse over time, and are not uniform across the country. Boundless’ report uses public data sets to assess the government’s handling of citizenship applications nationally, as well as understand barriers at the local level.
Read the rest of this report on the Boundless website.
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