Grants for Citizenship

The United States attract thousands of people into its fold each year. Applications for immigration and naturalization is increasing yearly. The federal government requires strict regulations to screen applicants but at the same time offers a wide array of assistance programs for immigration and naturalization. Grants for citizenship are available in the form of immigration grants to qualified foreigners and naturalization grants that may include educational training or technical support. Each grant has its own eligibility requirements and applicants will be required to show proof of verifiable qualifications.

Refugee and Entrant Assistant /Wilson/Fish Program

The program is under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Administration for Children and Families. The program primarily aims to assist in creating projects that will encourage providing early employment for special immigrants and refugees that include Vietnamese, Haitians, Cubans, and Amerasians. To be included also are special immigrants from Iraq and Afghanistan. The program provides funding and medical support to state and local resettlement agencies that will support programs for refugees and immigrants. The program also supports efforts by states to ensure the proper settlement of refugees in their respective communities. To be eligible for funding, individuals must present documents showing their immigration status.

Citizenship Education and Training

The program is authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008 and the Immigration and National Act of 1952. The program provides educational opportunities and training to individuals interested to become naturalized citizens of the U.S. The grant money will be spent to educate individuals on their citizenship responsibilities. It also supports programs that aim to help people learn about the history of the U.S. and to learn the English language. The program is under the Department of Homeland Security. Information about the program may be obtained from:

Temporary Labor Certification for Foreign Workers

The main goal of this program is to help U.S. employers find temporary workers by hiring foreign workers. It also aims to help the agricultural sector find temporary workers when the local labor force is not enough to meet the demands. The program provides also guarantee to foreign workers that they will have ideal and sufficient working and living conditions. The grant includes the following programs: H-1B Specialty (Professional) Worker Program, H-1B1 Specialty Worker Program that covers professionals from Singapore and Chile who work in specialty fields, and the E-3 Specialty Worker Program that covers professionals from Australia who work in specialty fields. The program is run under the Department of Labor and Employment Training Administration. Eligibility for the program is dependent on the availability of job positions and the needs of the employers.

Department of Labor
200 Constitution Ave., NW, Room C-4312
Washington, DC 20010

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