As noted by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the number of foreign-nationals who are currently residing in the United States is at an all-time high. Despite this fact, it has become evident that millions of immigrants to the U.S. have failed to gain citizenship – a result that is believed to stem from the limited opportunities for participation in American society that are offered to foreign-born individuals.
Acutely aware of the nation’s need for a stronger immigration system – one that encourages the citizenship and permanent residency of foreign-born individuals in the U.S. – civic integration programs have been developed and adopted in states throughout the country. Born from this recognition have been extended efforts at enhancing citizenship and civic integration / participation.
The Carnegie Corporation’s comments regarding our nation’s “broken immigration system,” have not been lost on our New York immigration lawyers at Pozo Goldstein, LLP. In fact, it is an issue that we are acutely aware of and actively working to amend. Similar to the Carnegie conviction that immigration is an essential aspect to the economic prosperity of American democracy, we also believe that the process is one that should not be denied to those who are deserving.
Enhancing our nation’s immigration system is primarily the job of the federal government; however, our legal team is fully prepared to help foreign nationals who are currently dealing with any immigration-related matter, from an application for a visa to deportation defense, and everything else. As the nation’s civic integration programs continue to unfold, we will continue to offer our unyielding legal services to those in need of a professional attorney for help.
For the 2013 Fiscal year, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) made available a “competitive grant funding opportunity” designed to encourage the civic integration of immigrants in the U.S. while simultaneously preparing them for permanent residency or citizenship. The program was introduced as the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program, and it was announced to the U.S. on April 18, 2013.
When enacted, the grant will allow the USCIS to offer approximately $10 million to be used in competitive funding for preparation programs that are geared toward citizenship in different communities across the country. Intended to be used for the preparation of immigrants for permanent residency and citizenship, the funding opportunity will be made available to organizations that offer citizenship instruction as well as naturalization application services.
For more than 90 collective years, our legal team at Pozo Goldstein, LLP has been steadfastly dedicated to supporting the needs of immigrants in the U.S. From green card applications to re-entry permits, and so much more, we are here to help foreign-nationals who wish to enter the U.S. permanently or temporarily.
In the five decades of our practice, we have seen many attempts at new and amended immigration legislation – some successful, and some not so successful. Through it all, however, we have remained a constant and steady resource for immigrants in need, and we plan to continue in the concerted efforts that we make on behalf of immigrants in the state of New York.
If you would like to learn more about the civic integration initiatives and how they could affect your immigration attempts, please do not hesitate to contact a New York City immigration attorney at our office. A member of our team is available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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