A maze of red tape and financial hurdles is what many immigrants and permanent residents are faced with when they begin their journey towards securing a green card.
The paperwork alone is a heavy burden for those looking to start a new life in the United States and assimilation can be daunting. But one aspect just got a little easier.
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced late last month that they would be offering grant opportunities which promote civic integration, allowing immigrants to prepare for permanent residency and citizenship.
USCIS will provide nearly $10 million in funding for such integration programs in communities across the country. It is the goal of the USCIS to “expand the availability of high-quality citizenship preparation services,” according to their website.
The organizations chosen will be expected to provide both citizenship instruction as well as naturalization application services to permanent residents seeking citizenship. The estimated 40 award recipients are expected to be announced in September 2013.
Over the past four years, USCIS has already awarded 142 grants totaling $23.2 million to immigrant-serving organizations. These organizations have gone on to provide citizen preparation services to more than 50,000 people across the country.
Grant applications are due May 22, 2013.
*Photo provided by Zuhair A. Al-Traifi via Flickr