MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – Workshops will be held this week at Baptist Health South Florida to help potential new citizens.

Tuesday, Sept. 17th, is National Citizenship day.

The company is one of about a dozen businesses in Florida, California and Washington D.C. that are part of a pilot program to help their employees make the leap to citizenship.

The companies work with service providers to walk employees through the paperwork and to offer tutorials so they can pass the citizenship language and civics exams. They also provide some help with the $680 application.

Baptist offers low interest credit union loans for citizenship fees. Other companies have offered to let workers to put their vacation days toward the cost of citizenship.

The National Immigration Forum is behind the program dubbed the Bethlehem Project.

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