The U.S. Constitution was signed in the year 1787, in commemoration of which the Constitution and Citizenship Day is celebrated by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services(USCIS) every year on Sept. 17. The Promoting Citizenship and Immigrant Integration Conference is hosted by USCIS every year on this Citizenship day. This year, USCIS has funded nearly $8 million for community based organizations at this special Citizenship day conference.
During the special Citizenship day conference, USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas stated that the support needed for citizenship services will be provided through the new citizenship grant program and the new web portal. He also said that immigrants who wish to receive U.S. citizenship will also be encouraged through this grant program.
Around seventy-five organizations from 27 states across the country will be granted a total sum of $7.8 million by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. USCIS has announced the fund in order to further promote citizenship education programs in addition to promoting immigration integration.
The Fiscal Year 2010 Citizenship and Integration Grant Program includes two grant programs.
• In addition to strengthening the local based citizenship programs, the first grant program also expands the naturalization services.
• The citizenship services capacity of the national, regional, and statewide organizations are increased by the second grant program. This is done with the help of the members or associates of these organizations.
In the year 2009, USCIS granted a sum of around $1.2 million to 13 organizations to promote the citizenship programs. This is comparatively lesser than the funding made in the fiscal year 2010.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services released a new Web-based Citizenship Resource Center in addition to the $8 million grant. Applicants are now enabled to understand the naturalization process better with the help of this new, free, and user-friendly web portal. Applicants can thus succeed the naturalization interview easily.
The Citizenship Resource Center includes various new features, such as links to the American Literacy Directory, podcasts for petitioners, and teaching tools to educate citizenship instructors.
Visa applicants who want guidance on U.S. immigration processes can visit www.usa-green-card.com.