The Office of New Americans
The Office of New Americans is a countywide initiative to raise awareness about the importance of citizenship. Its mission is to empower immigrants eligible for naturalization to become more civically and economically engaged in our communities by facilitating access to the resources they need to attain citizenship and to prosper.
The Office of New Americans connects aspiring Americans with:
- Free and low-cost classes to prepare for the test and interview
- One-on-one assistance with the naturalization application
- Fee waivers and referrals to financial products to defray the cost of the application
- Referrals to one-on-one financial coaching and other economic prosperity services
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Miami-Dade County is home to more than 1.45 million immigrants, making up more than 53% of our county’s population. In June of 2015, through the leadership of then Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, then Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Citi Community Development, the Board of County Commissioners, and the Florida Immigrant Coalition, the county leveraged its resources to educate aspiring Americans and provide free and low-cost services as part of a national effort, Cities for Citizenship. The first county in the nation to join this effort.
Created by resolution no. r-595-15 , The Office of New Americans of Miami-Dade’s (ONA) is a county-wide initiative to assist our immigrant residents overcome any barriers on their path to full citizenship. Its mission is to empower immigrants eligible for naturalization and other immigration benefits to become more civically and economically engaged in our communities by facilitating access to the resources they need to attain citizenship and to prosper.