USCIS Grant To Help Permanent Residents Become American Citizens
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on July 30, 2019, that it is accepting applications for grants for citizenship preparation programs in communities across the country.
USCIS Citizenship and Assimilation Grant
A requirement for U.S. citizenship is a naturalization test where immigrants must prove they can read, write and speak basic English and that they have essential knowledge of U.S. history and government. The deadline to apply for the grant is Aug. 13. Award recipients will be announced in September, said USCIS. The grant will provide up to $10 million in grants for citizenship preparation programs in communities across the country and will fund up to 36 organizations that offer both citizenship instruction and naturalization application services to lawful permanent residents.
Requirements for Naturalization
- At least 18 years old at the time of filing.
- Live in the United States as a permanent legal resident for five continuous years, or three if he or she is married to a U.S. citizen spouse.
- Show physical presence in the United States for at least 30 months during the last five years, or 18 months if married to an American.
- Show good moral character.
- Be able to read, write and speak basic English, and show knowledge of U.S. history and government.
- Be willing to support and defend the United States and the U.S. Constitution.
Chicago immigration attorney Mario Godoy welcomes this opportunity:
Green Card holders who want to become U.S. citizens can have a difficult time accessing citizenship training materials and courses to prepare for the naturalization test. This grant can make it possible for deserving newcomers to achieve their American dream.
The procedures for citizenship and naturalization have become complex and stressful. Therefore, it is important to have legal guidance from a knowledgeable attorney. The immigration attorneys at Godoy Law Office in Chicago and Lombard can help you with your immigration case. If you need help with an immigration issue, please contact our office or call us at 855.554.6369.