USCIS Announces Grant Opportunities to Support Naturalization and Assimilation Programs24 Aug 2017
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced a grant opportunity for organizations that provide certain types of immigration services. These grants are being awarded with the goal of preparing lawful permanent residents (i.e. “green card” holders) for the naturalization process, with a focus on improving English skills, and increasing knowledge of U.S. history and civics.
Grants Available to Citizenship Application and Instruction Services
The USCIS has allotted up to $10 million dollars in grants for citizenship preparation programs. Grants of up to $250,000 per organization are available to 36 organizations that provide both citizenship instruction and application services. Up to 10 additional grants of $100,000 each are available for nonprofit associations to either establish or expand new citizenship instruction programs. The USCIS indicated that it intends to announce all 46 recipients sometime in September 2017.
Part of the stated mission of the USCIS is to promote awareness and understanding of U.S. citizenship. These types of grant programs help to encourage green card holders to plant truly permanent roots in the United States by taking steps to become U.S. citizens and then to fully integrate themselves in the United States.
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