The USCIS Awards Citizenship and Integration Grants

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services have stated on September 20, 2021, that an award of $10 million in grants to 40 organizations that provide aid to lawful permanent residents for naturalization. These grants are intended to promote prospective citizens’ naturalization by funding educational programs that are crafted to aid in the increase of English, United States History, and civics. These organizations are located in 25 states and will be receiving funding until September 2023.

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Who are the grant recipients?

Those who will be receiving grants are public or private non-profit organizations with recent experience providing citizenship instruction and naturalization application assistance to lawful permanent residents. The Citizenship Instruction and Naturalization Application Services and the Refugee and Asylee Integration Services have funded these opportunities, allowing public or private nonprofit organizations to receive the grants. These organizations include community and faith-based groups, public libraries, and adult education and literacy organizations.

In FY 2021, the recipient organizations will intend to serve both traditional immigrant population centers and rising immigrant population centers in 25 states. Grant recipients will perform citizenship preparation services to approximately 25,000 lawful permanent residents who have come from more than 50 countries around the world. The grant recipients include the following:

  • Eight out of the top 10 states with the greatest increase in their lawful permanent resident population between FY 2017 and 2019, including California, New York, Florida, Texas, New Jersey, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania; and
  • Eight out of the top 10 states with the most naturalizations between FY 2016 and 2018, including California, New York, Florida, Texas, New Jersey, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Washington.
  • Eight out of the top 10 metropolitan areas with the most naturalizations between FY 2017 and 2019, including New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, and Atlanta.

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How does the review process work?

The USCIS has studied more than 95 eligible applications using two-member teams to evaluate each plan. The reviewers were required to score applications numerically using written evaluation criteria. The USCIS then ranked the applications based on their average scores. The USCIS internal review panel decided the final list of recipients based on the ranked order.

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