If you are someone who is seeking funding opportunities under the Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program, now is the time to act, as USCIS is not accepting these applications. The grant opportunities are mandated by Congress and will provide certain immigrants with up to $10 million in grants for citizenship preparation programs. Essentially, USCIS is doing this to increase the amount of high-quality citizenship and assimilation services by instituting two grants.
The first grant is for the Refugee and Asylee Assimilation Program, which funds up to six organizations and will provide services to certain lawful permanent residents who immigrated to the United States under the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, or certain immigrants who have been granted asylum. The other grant is towards the Citizenship Instruction and Naturalization Application Services, which is designed to fund up to 33 organizations that provide lawful permanent residents with citizenship instruction and naturalization application services.
Certain organizations that prepare lawful permanent residents for naturalization and provide them with various additional assimilation services may receive these grants. To receive a grant, the organization will have to improve lawful permanent resident’s knowledge of U.S. history, civics, and the English language. If you are someone who is seeking such a grant, you will have to apply by August 31. Upon receiving these applications, USCIS will consider various aspects of your program, such as whether you have received a grant before and whether your organization has succeeded because of it.
Recipients of the grant should be awarded by September 2020. If you are a funded grant recipient, you will have to enroll in E-Verify as a regular employer within 30 days of accepting the award and also stay on good terms with E-Verify during the grant performance. If you are funded, you will have to confirm all new hires that are working on the program funded by the grant. All applicants and sub-awardees that are certified under the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) must comply with all SEVP requirements when they fill out their applications. If you have any additional questions about the grants, please do not hesitate to contact our knowledgeable Wisconsin immigration firm today. Our firm is here to help.
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