USCIS Supports Citizenship through $10 Million in Grants

uscisEarlier this month, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) awarded nearly $10 million in citizenship and naturalization grants. 46 organizations across 21 states will receive federal funding to support citizenship preparation services for lawful permanent residents over the next fiscal year. Many of these organizations are New Americans Campaign partners and affiliates.

The Citizenship and Integration Grant Program is part of USCIS’ efforts to support effective citizenship preparation services and provide information to immigrants and public or private nonprofit organizations.

This is the eighth year of the agency’s grant program. Since 2009, $63 million in 308 grants have been awarded in 37 states and the District of Columbia. USCIS estimates that more than 156,000 LPRs pursuing citizenship have been assisted by the agency’s integration grants.

These USCIS grants are one way in which New Americans Campaign partners’ work is supported. Campaign national partners like the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles and Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) Inc. work with and support our field of local service providers in their naturalization efforts by sharing naturalization best practices and participating in learning opportunities at the annual United for Citizenship conference.

The IRC also supports its field offices in the grant application process through the technical review of grant content and developing the proposed structure of service delivery.

Congratulations to these 12 Campaign partners and affiliates receiving funds from of this year’s grant program!

Boat People SOS, Inc. – Houston, Texas
Brooklyn Public Library – Brooklyn, N.Y.
Catholic Charities of Central Texas – Austin, Texas
Catholic Charities of Dallas, Inc. – Dallas, Texas
Catholic Migration Services, Inc. – Brooklyn, N.Y.
Central American Resource Center – Washington, D.C.
Hispanic Unity of Florida, Inc. – Hollywood, Fla.
International Rescue Committee, Inc. – Glendale, Calif.
Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights – New York, N.Y.
The City University of New York – New York, N.Y.
Chaldean Community Foundation – Sterling Heights, Mich.
Chinese Community Center, Inc. – Houston, Texas

Posted on September 21, 2016

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  • The Campaign has completed over 3,700 naturalization workshops and clinics.
  • Over 250,000 citizenship applications completed since July 2011.

    Saved aspiring citizens and their families over $206million in legal and application fees.
  • Adopted scalable technology. MP3 players, Google Voice, and Virtual Private Network (VPN) services are being used to enhance naturalization service delivery.
  • Expanded New American Workforce (an effort to provide naturalization assistance within corporations) which has partnered with over 100 businesses across the nation, ranging from hotels in Miami to American Apparel in Los Angeles.
  • Deployed Citizenshipworks, an online tool, across the Campaign in multiple settings and languages. A newly redesigned platform guides applicants through through their citizenship application from start to finish and connects applicants to legal help at partnering non-profits.
  • Were instrumental in inspiring the US Citizenship and Immigration Service to support the Citizenship Corners initiative.
  • Created innovative partnerships with public libraries, school districts, universities, social service agencies, and employers, all of which yield not only greater numbers of applicants but also greater awareness of the naturalization process.
  • Deployed a large-scale volunteer recruitment program through an e-learning course.

    Reached diverse communities. Local partners consistently outreach and provide culturally competent and language-appropriate services.
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People come to America from all over the world with dreams of achieving a better life for themselves and their families and calling this great nation home. Eight million people who live, work, and pay taxes in this country are eligible for citizenship, yet only about eight percent of them naturalize each year. Find out more about these individuals and the barriers they face.Read More