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USCIS grant to help immigrants seeking citizenship

USCIS grant to help immigrants seeking citizenship

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Catholic Family Center has been awarded a $225,000 grant to expand its naturalization and citizenship services.

The two-year Citizenship and Assimilation Grant from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will allow CFC to provide low-cost legal services for lawful permanent residents, or green card holders, who are seeking citizenship. The grant also will provide free English language instruction and citizenship test preparation services.

CFC will partner with the Rochester City School District’s Office of Adult and Career Education Services (OACES), Monroe 1 BOCES and Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES to offer free daytime and evening classes in Rochester, Fairport and Gates. The classes will help adult students improve their English and learn American history and civics, with the goal of becoming U.S. citizens.

Students also will have the opportunity to take field trips to local locations of civic importance and to hear from expert speakers on topics such as American law, government and immigration, and to have individual screenings for citizenship eligibility.

CFC’s immigration services served more than 1,000 individuals in the Rochester area last year, with needs ranging from naturalization to citizenship to sponsorship of family members. The agency is the region’s largest provider of comprehensive family services.

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