Citizenship/Immigration

USCIS Expands Citizenship and Integration Grant Program with Increased Funding for FY 2024 

USCIS Expands Citizenship and Integration Grant Program with Increased Funding for FY 2024

USCIS is now taking applications for the second round of their Citizenship and Integration Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2024, which makes available more funds than was awarded the year before across the nation to support citizenship preparation efforts. This program is designed to be two-pronged, addressing both naturalization and civic integration. One of its goals is to improve the education level of English-written knowledge of US history and the civics of lawful permanent residents.  

For the upcoming fiscal year 2024 of the grant program, the allocation can be as much as $25 million (a $5 million add from the previous year) to be specifically used in citizenship education and preparation-related services. The aim is not only to enhance the range of such services but also to make sure that they are available for every citizen in the country, especially in those areas that have limited access and/or a constant risk of being marginalized.  

The stipend offers four forms of grants: The Citizenship Instruction and Naturalization Application Services Grant, The Community and Regional Integration Network Grant, The Innovations in Citizen Education Program, and The Regional Hub Program. The organizations receiving these grants shall be the public organizations, for-profit organizations, or nonprofit organizations involved in offering citizenship instruction, naturalization application services, and other integration services to lawful permanent residents.  

During its 11-year history, the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program granted over $155 million through 644 competitive grants to organizations serving immigrants in 41 states and the District of Columbia. Thus, 300,00+ lawful permanent residence years have successfully prepared for U. S. citizenship.  

USCIS Director Ur M. Jaddou accentuated the agency’s determination to build a highly skilled, closely-knit, and hospitable nation via the distribution of naturalization and citizenship programs to the inhabitants living away, those in the outskirts, and the vulnerable groups. The application for the FY 2024 grant program will be closed by July 28, 2024 (due by). Organizations that will apply for funding are advised to look on the USCIS website or through grants for more information and guidelines. Gov. 

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Nilanjana Basu
Nilanjana is a lawyer with a flair for writing. She has a certification in American Laws from Penn Law (Pennsylvania University). Along with this, she has been known to write legal articles that allow the audience to know about American laws and regulations at ease.

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