USCIS to Provide $10M In Grants to Citizenship Preparation Programs


The agency said the goal was to make naturalization attainable to all communities

May 17, 2021


An immigrant studies for the citizenship test.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on Monday it would provide up to $10 million in funding to programs that help green card holders prepare for the citizenship test.

The Citizenship and Integration Grant Program will award grants to public and nonprofit organizations that offer naturalization instruction, including help with speaking, talking, and reading English, as well as teaching the basics of U.S. history and government.

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The citizenship test is given verbally during the naturalization interview, and includes two components — the first tests English proficiency, and the second evaluates an applicant’s civics knowledge.

USCIS said the grant is aimed at helping immigrants in underserved communities get the tools they need to become U.S. citizens.

“It is critical that we provide immigrants pursuing citizenship and the organizations who help support their efforts with the tools to be successful,” said Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. “The Citizenship and Integration Grant Program helps those preparing to become U.S. citizens to successfully integrate into American society. This administration recognizes that naturalization is an important milestone in the civic integration of immigrants, and we will continue to provide support for individuals hoping to establish new citizenship in our country.”

USCIS will announce award recipients in September 2021. The agency has awarded more than $100 million in grants since 2009 to organizations providing citizenship preparation services.

To apply, go to www.grants.gov.

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