Employers help immigrants achieve dream of becoming US citizens, earn loyalty from workers

For immigrants working toward the American Dream, some employers are now helping them reach their dream of becoming Americans.

Health clinics, hotels and a clothing factory are pairing up with immigrant advocates to offer on-site citizenship assistance as one of the perks of the job.

The effort in greater Los Angeles, Miami, Washington and Silicon Valley is billed as a win-win for employee and employers: Workers avoid legal fees and having to shuttle to and from law offices to complete applications; companies create a deeper bond with immigrant workers and there's little cost as nonprofits pick up the tab.

Since last year, 19 companies have signed up to participate in the effort by the Washington-based National Immigration Forum.

There are about 8.5 million legal immigrants eligible to become U.S. citizens.