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04 October 2010

Two Citizenship Day Highlights

This past Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, USCIS made two important announcements that will positively impact prospective citizens.

USCIS Announces Grant Recipients

On September 17, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced nearly $8 million in grants for immigrant-serving organizations, a significant increase in funding over the previous year.

Director Mayorkas announces the grants at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars on Citizenship Day
Director Mayorkas announces the grants at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars on Citizenship Day

One of the recipients was the YWCA Tulsa, which has been assisting immigrants for over 25 years and received a grant for its “Project Citizenship”. The YWCA has already helped hundreds of permanent residents in Oklahoma successfully prepare to become U.S. citizens, and will use the grant to expand its efforts.

A second recipient was Montgomery College, a community college system in Montgomery County, Maryland which has programs to assist immigrants as they prepare to become U.S. citizens. Montgomery College will use its grant to expand citizenship education services and increase civic engagement and naturalization rates.

The recipients mentioned above are just two of the seventy-five organizations from 27 states and the District of Columbia who will receive a total of $7.8 million in federal grant funding to promote citizenship education and immigrant integration in communities across the country. Taken together, these grants will boost efforts nationwide to help aspiring citizens reach their goal and become vested, participating members of American society.

The New USCIS Citizenship Resource Center Online

In addition to the grant program announcement, USCIS officially launched the Citizenship Resource Center - an online center offering citizenship resources for learners, teachers, and organizations.

Rebecca S. Carson, Chief, USCIS Office of Citizenship, announces the launch of the online Citizenship Resource Center.
Rebecca S. Carson, (Chief, USCIS Office of Citizenship) announces the launch of the online Citizenship Resource Center.

This new website is designed to help users better understand the naturalization process and gain the necessary skills to be successful during the naturalization interview and test.

The Citizenship Resource Center will include podcasts and interactive learning activities for applicants, links to an expanded America’s Literacy Directory with a new online citizenship class zip code-based search function, and lesson plans and teaching tools for citizenship instructors.

Our Efforts Continue

USCIS efforts to support those wishing to naturalize will continue to expand over the coming year. In that regard, we welcome any suggestions or ideas on how we can better serve immigrants on the path to U.S. citizenship in the comments section.



At October 5, 2010 at 3:32:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since waiting for our green cards for some 8 years now I feel that I will never be able to apply for citizenship or be able to afford to. Maybe you could make the wait time for Green Cards shorter then people could apply to become citizens sooner. I envy those that have managed to come out the other side of the long,uncertain and insecure dark tunnel. Please do something to help us.

At October 7, 2010 at 1:26:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

First make EB-3 India current or issued EAD AP to people who already having approved I-140. Then talk about Citizenship. You are torturing families, the frustations, Lot of families are split because of your reason a visa number is not available at this time. Please Please Please Please Please do needful

At October 27, 2010 at 4:52:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You need to abolish EB3->EB2 porting.


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