Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance Receives Citizenship Scholarship – Minnesota Lawyer


The US Department of Homeland Security has awarded $ 250,000 to Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance to help prepare legal permanent residents for naturalization. The big one was part of roughly $ 10 million awarded to 40 organizations in 25 states.

With its grant, Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance and its partner Minneapolis Public Schools Adult Education will add more than 200 students to their citizenship classes in Minneapolis and its surrounding suburbs. Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance will in turn provide holistic legal services to assist 200 additional clients in the naturalization process.

The FY2021 grants, which run through September 2023, provide funding to organizations that prepare lawful permanent residents for naturalization and promote civic integration through increased knowledge of English, history of the United States and civic education. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has received congressional support in the form of appropriations to make these funding opportunities available to communities.

USCIS awarded the grants through two competitive funding opportunities. The first funding opportunity supports organizations that provide citizenship training and help with naturalization applications.

The second funding opportunity supports organizations that provide extensive integration services to people who have entered the United States as refugees or who have been granted asylum.

The Citizenship and Integration Scholarship Program has awarded approximately $ 112 million through 513 competitive grants to immigrant serving organizations in 39 states and the District of Columbia since its launch in 2009. Now in its 13th year, the program has helped more than 290,500 legal permanent residents to prepare for citizenship.

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