While most public attention is still focused on abuses by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Border Patrol, a new program initiated by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offers new hope for some immigrants. The 2018 Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program may provide as much as $10 million for educational programs intended for those legally in this country and seeking to become citizens of the United States.
Two Types of USCIS Grants
The funds made available by USCIS will be designated for one of two types of programs:
- The Refugee and Asylee Assimilation Program will provide up to four grants to organizations that offer assistance to permanent residents who have been granted asylum in the United States or who entered the U.S. legally as part of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. To be eligible for these grants, organizations must offer educational programs that directly relate to obtaining citizenship in the U.S.
- Grant opportunities through the Citizenship Instruction and Naturalization Application Services will be available to up to 36 organizations that provide educational programs for immigrants seeking citizenship and that offer assistance in navigating the process to apply for citizenship.
These programs can help those already in the U.S. to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in achieving citizenship. For recent arrivals, these educational options can also help immigrants to overcome the language barrier and to prepare more effectively for the citizenship examination and the job market.
The Right Legal Help Still Matters
Even with the announcement of these new programs from USCIS, immigrants are still at risk of being detained and deported by ICE or other federal agencies. Working with a qualified and knowledgeable Miami immigration lawyer is often the best way to avoid these issues and to resolve your immigration status quickly and effectively. Your Miami immigration lawyer will work with you to determine the right approach to your situation and to provide you with expert help in achieving your goals.
At Pozo Goldstein, we work diligently to help you and your family deal with immigration problems of all types. Our Miami immigration lawyer team consists of dedicated professionals, including former immigration prosecutors and a former judge. This depth of experience allows us to provide you with the most accurate and effective solutions for your immigration situation. If you need a qualified Miami immigration lawyer to take on ICE, call us today at 305-856-0400. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you.