Deadline to Apply for Citizenship and Integration Grants Is April 22

Applications for USCIS’ Citizenship and Integration Grant Program for fiscal year 2016 are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on April 22, 2016.

On March 2, USCIS began accepting applications for two competitive grant opportunities for organizations that prepare permanent residents for naturalization and promote civic integration through increased knowledge of English, U.S. history and civics.

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Advocates: Becoming a U.S. Citizen Is Easier Than Getting a Green Card

Advocates: Becoming a U.S. Citizen Is Easier Than Getting a Green Card

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Getting a green card can be a long, arduous process for many immigrants. Some even have to wait for 25 years or spend tens of thousands of dollars to get legal permanent residency in the United States.

Because of this, legal permanent residents who are eligible for naturalization often think that applying for U.S. citizenship is harder than it really is.

“They fear that they won’t pass the test and interview. They fear that their English is not good enough,” Marina Gundorin, immigration supervisor at the Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte, said at a recent ethnic media convening here. “And they fear that they won’t be able to afford the application fee.”

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La Opinion Warns 'Against Trump'

La Opinion Warns ‘Against Trump’

The most powerful country in the world is at risk of sliding – through democratic elections – into an authoritarian, racist, divisive, aggressive and belligerent regime.

To Latinos, Trump is a candidate who has insulted their community and whose political campaign has been based on promoting hostility towards them and on the chimerical idea of deporting all undocumented immigrants.

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USCIS Will Accept H-1B Petitions for Fiscal Year 2017 Beginning April 1, 2016

WASHINGTON – On April 1, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2017 cap. U.S. businesses use the H-1B program to employ foreign workers in occupations that require highly specialized knowledge in fields such as science, engineering and computer programming.

The congressionally mandated cap on H-1B visas for FY 2017 is 65,000. The first 20,000 H-1B petitions filed for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree or higher are exempt from the 65,000 cap.

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From DACA Recipient to Rocket Engineer

From DACA Recipient to Rocket Engineer

Henry Yi (not his real name) is studying mechanical engineering and dreams of working for NASA. The 19-year-old UC Berkeley student says he couldn’t have done it without his parents – not only because of the sacrifices they made to bring him to the United States, but because they helped him apply for a program that has changed his life.


Yi, who declined to use his real name to protect his family, says it was his parents who first told him about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The program, announced in 2012, grants undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children a reprieve from deportation and access to a work permit.


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How To Fill Out Your Own Green Card Application

Becoming a legal immigrant is a very exciting process filled with many possibilities for the future. A door opens up that gives all the benefits of a U.S. Citizen without the right to vote; freedom to travel home without worrying about reentry, a right to work and all the legal protections of a U.S. citizens.

This process can also be quite costly. USCIS processing fees range anywhere from $0 to $1,000 per form while lawyer fees average $3,000 to $4,000. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could use that money towards something more exciting, like a honeymoon or vacation or to open a savings account for your future children? There are a lot of ways to spend $4,000 but first let me show you how to keep it in your wallet.

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Today We Naturalize, Tomorrow We Vote

Today We Naturalize, Tomorrow We Vote

SAN JOSE – Hoang Truong says becoming a U.S. citizen gave him “the key” to unlocking a better life.

“When we become a U.S. citizen,” he said, “we have the key — the key to the higher education door, the key to freedom, the key to vote, the key to do whatever we want.”

Truong, who came to the country seven years ago from Vietnam, said he was watching TV one day when he saw there was an upcoming free workshop in San Jose to help people apply for citizenship. With help from the local organization Asian Law Alliance, Truong and his family were able to get fee waivers so they didn’t have to pay the $680 naturalization fees.

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