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    Posted on Sep 18, 2013

    8 Reasons You Can’t Forget To Celebrate National Citizenship Day Ever Again

    You might have forgotten that yesterday was National Citizenship Day, but here’s why you shouldn’t forget it next year.

    There are 8.8 million legal permanent residents eligible to apply for citizenship right now.

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    That’s more people than New York City proper. Whoa.

    Yet, many of them don't take that final step to become citizens.

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    That's because for too many aspiring Americans, the fees are too high a barrier and the legal system is too complex to navigate alone.

    But becoming a citizen is a great thing. New Americans make more money…

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    New Americans see an increase in personal earnings of up to 11% -- with most of that increase coming in their first decade as citizens.

    Which makes the economy stronger…

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    If half of all legal permanent residents eligible for citizenship became citizens, the economy would grow by $45 billion in the next decade. That's $45,000,000,000.

    New Americans can travel with a US passport...

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    A big deal for many of them who want to visit their families abroad.

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    But most importantly, new Americans help us live up to our history as a nation of immigrants

    Learn more about the work that the New Americans Campaign is doing to help 8.8. million legal permanent residents become citizens -- and mark your calendars for next year's Citizenship Day.

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