Laura Patching is the Chief of the Office of Citizenship.
The Office of Citizenship seeks to engage and support partners to welcome immigrants, promote English language learning and education on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, and encourage U.S. citizenship.
What We Do
The Office of Citizenship:
Develops and enhances educational products and resources that
Promote English language learning and education on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship
Prepare immigrants for naturalization and active civic participation
Leads initiatives to promote citizenship awareness and demystify the naturalization process for aspiring citizens
Supports national and community-based organizations that prepare immigrants for citizenship by providing grants, educational materials, and technical assistance
Builds collaborative partnerships with state and local governments and non-governmental organizations to expand integration and citizenship resources in communities
Conducts training workshops and enhances professional development and classroom resources for educators and organizations preparing immigrants for citizenship
Promotes integration policy dialogue among different sectors of society and coordinates with stakeholders at all levels to foster integration and community cohesion
The Office of Citizenship is divided into 3 divisions: