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Office of the New Americans

By Hazel Ickes Subscribe to RSS | December 20th 2011 | Views:

United States as such is said to be an immigrant’s nation since first decade of the 21st century. America as a whole and as well as the individual state of America has been putting up regulations and rules to streamline the process of immigration. At the same time they have been introducing many new schemes and simplifications to help the immigrants. Chicago in the recent days has come up with one such measure with a motive of making Chicago the most ‘immigrant friendly city in the world’.

Chicago- A business City

Chicago is known for business and it has a reputation of being a hard-hitting place to small business owners. Getting a business license itself is a tiring process and it becomes more complicated to persons entirely new to the country and its procedures. The mayor of Chicago believes that this city has been built on the strength of the people who enter as immigrants to make use of the opportunities available. This belief has led to the establishment of ONA (Office of the New Americans) which is an office for the new Americans where they can access all the resources available to prove them productive.

What will this Office do?

To move forward towards its mission, the Office of New Americans will counterfeit partnerships with community organizations, educational institutions, and the private sector to:

• Form a unified language access policy for the City of Chicago that make sure access to important information about education, public safety, healthcare, and City services is accessed by all;

• Increase chances for immigrant business owners and entrepreneurs;

• Enrich coordination between City government and community organizations to rise access to existing city, state and federal programs;

• Magnify immigrant parent engagement throughout Chicago Public Schools by building on effective models such as the Logan Square Neighborhood Associations’ Parent-Mentor program;

• Expand English language educational resources and prospects in community settings;

• Backing the launch of the Illinois DREAM Act to confirm Chicago’s students have access to funds to attend college;

• Encourage filing of US Citizenship Application Form by working with community organizations and federal agencies that offer immigration and citizenship services.

Workshops for Business Owners

After the establishment of this office, the mayor has also planned to include workshops for small business owners on how to access local, state and federal resources, programs to increase parent engagement in Chicago public schools and free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, among others. The workshops will be conducted in future on how to access all the resources of the office. The Office of New Americans in Chicago will also inspire immigrant entrepreneurs, growing the potential for economic growth by making the city a more appealing place to do business.

US Citizenship

The most important aspect of this new establishment is that it would help in bringing up a good number of international immigrants who had long wished to establish their living in United States. The small business owners who set up small business are encouraged to file their citizenship application form for which the ONA will itself provide support thereby making Chicago an inviting city.

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