Immigration Services Gets Grant, Allows More Applications for Citizenship Program
After receiving additional funding, immigration services will be accepting more applicants across the country for its citizenship preparation program.
Immigration is a hotly contested topic in the United States today. Among green card holders and those aspiring to become citizens, it is natural to have questions about the citizenship process and how to study for the civics and English tests. (Incidentally, you may qualify for an exemption from the English and/or civics test; consult one of our Tennessee immigration attorneys today by scheduling a consultation at 615-321-8888 for more information). Unfortunately, the process of becoming a U.S. citizen is often confusing and frustratingly slow. As experienced Nashville immigration attorneys, we can guide you through the requirements while providing the legal representation needed to ensure the rights of both you and your loved ones are protected.
A recent announcement from the government agency in charge of immigration services provides some long-awaited good news. Through grants provided by the federal government, more citizenship preparedness programs will likely be sprouting up in Tennessee and in other areas throughout the country.
USCIS Receives $10 Million For Citizenship Programs
On July 30, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it was accepting applications for funding from programs designed to help refugees and people with green cards become citizens of the United States.
Grant opportunities are available to organizations that help prepare applicants for the naturalization process. Those currently available include:
- Citizenship Instruction and Naturalization Application Services: This provides people who are lawful permanent residents of the U.S. with help both in filling out their naturalization application and in meeting citizenship test requirements. Up to 36 community organizations will be awarded grant money.
- The Refugee and Asylee Assimilation Program: This grant is geared toward groups that help those who were granted legal asylum, as well as those who entered the country through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. Up to four programs may be eligible for funding to help people who have identified naturalization as a goal and to provide services that aid in assimilation into the culture.
How These Programs May Impact You or Those You Love
Citizenship and assimilation grant programs provide practical help for people applying for naturalization. In addition to providing guidance in filling out the appropriate forms and gathering all required information, other ways these programs can help on your path toward citizenship include:
- Providing instruction on U.S. history, government structure, and other areas covered in citizenship tests;
- Aiding in reading, writing, and speaking English as a second language;
- Helping clients better understand American culture and influences;
- Providing guidance in community resettlement;
- Referring clients to job training or other government provided services.
Get Help from Our Nashville Immigration Attorneys
At Ozment Law, PLC, we can help protect your legal status in this country while guiding you on the path towards citizenship. To discuss your situation and the options available, call or contact our Nashville immigration attorneys online and schedule an appointment for a confidential consultation today.