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USCIS Announces Fiscal Year 2014 Grant Recipients During Constitution Week

Nearly $10 Million in Funding to Support Citizenship Preparation Programs in 24 States and the District of Columbia

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) awarded nearly $10 million in grants today to 40 organizations that will help permanent residents prepare and apply for U.S. citizenship. Located in 24 states and the District of Columbia, these organizations will receive federal funding to support citizenship preparation services for permanent residents through September 2016. 

Since it began in 2009, the USCIS Citizenship and Integration Grant Program has awarded a total of $43 million through 222 competitive grants to public or private non-profit organizations in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Now in its sixth year, the program has helped more than 93,000 permanent residents prepare for citizenship. USCIS anticipates that an additional 32,000 permanent residents will receive citizenship preparation services by Sept. 30, 2016, as a result of the grant program.

“Our Citizenship and Integration Grant Program is an integral part of our agency’s mission of supporting immigrant integration and participation in American civic culture,” said USCIS Director León Rodríguez. “Grant recipient organizations, located throughout the country, are a crucial network of supporters that help tens of thousands of permanent residents access high-quality services and gain access to valuable citizenship information.”

The Citizenship and Integration Grant Program is a major part of USCIS’ efforts to support effective citizenship preparation services and provide information to immigrants and public or private non-profit organizations. Other efforts include the Citizenship Resource Center, a Web resource that provides learning materials to help permanent residents prepare for the naturalization process, and USCIS’ partnerships with federal and municipal agencies that raise awareness of the rights, responsibilities and importance of U.S. citizenship among the estimated 8.8 million permanent residents nationwide eligible to apply for naturalization.

This year’s announcement is part of USCIS’ celebration of Constitution Week, commemorated every Sept. 17-23 in honor of the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. During this week, we celebrate our history and reflect on what it means to be a U.S. citizen. For additional information on the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program, please visit www.uscis.gov/grants.

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USCIS to Welcome More Than 27,000 New Citizens During Annual Constitution Day and Citizenship Day Celebration

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will welcome more than 27,000 new citizens in more than 160 naturalization ceremonies between Sept. 17 and Sept. 23 in honor of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. During this week—also known as Constitution Week—museums, historic and public libraries, government landmarks and national park sites will provide the backdrop for our celebration of citizenship and the achievements of our newest U.S. citizens.

“U.S. citizenship is defined by what we have in common: equal rights, responsibilities, and opportunities,” said USCIS Director León Rodríguez. “As we celebrate our Constitution this week, more than 27,000 new U.S. citizens will now be able to vote, volunteer, participate, and become engaged in issues that are important to them and their families.”

An ongoing partnership with the National Park Service and an agreement with the Institute of Museum and Library Services allow USCIS to showcase some of the nation’s prominent landmarks and important community institutions during this year’s Constitution Day and Citizenship Day celebration.

National park sites hosting ceremonies span the country from the Glacier Point at Yosemite National Park in Yosemite, California, to the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington, North Carolina. Other landmarks hosting naturalization ceremonies include the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg, Illinois, the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri, and the Morristown National Historical Park in Morristown, New Jersey.

In addition, USCIS Deputy Director Lori Scialabba will administer the Oath of Allegiance to 40 candidates at a special ceremony on Angel Island in San Francisco, California on September 17. From 1910 to 1940, Angel Island was the site of an Immigration Station that functioned as the West Coast equivalent of Ellis Island.

For a full list of featured 2014 Constitution Day and Citizenship Day naturalization ceremonies and landmark locations, visit www.uscis.gov/news.

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is celebrated each year on Sept. 17 in remembrance of the signing of the Constitution in 1787. Congress first underscored the significance of U.S. citizenship in 1940 when it designated the third Sunday in May as “I Am an American Day.” In 1952, Congress shifted the date to Sept. 17 and renamed it “Citizenship Day.” Congress changed the designation of this day to "Constitution Day and Citizenship Day" in 2004.

USCIS invites new citizens, their families and friends to share their experiences from the ceremonies via social media using the hashtag #newUScitizen.

For more information about USCIS and our programs, visit http://www.uscis.gov or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis), Facebook(/uscis) and the USCIS blog The Beacon.

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Celebrating Constitution Day and Citizenship Day with Naturalization Ceremonies

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is celebrated each year on Sept. 17 in remembrance of the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. USCIS marks this occasion – also known as Constitution Week – by holding special naturalization ceremonies across the country. 

This year, we will welcome more than 27,000 new citizens in more than 160 naturalization ceremonies between Sept. 17 and Sept. 23. A list of highlighted ceremonies is below.

We welcome you to share your ceremony experiences and photos via Twitter and other social media, using the hashtag #newUScitizen. You can also follow @USCIS  on Twitter and Facebook.com/USCIS.

 

DateCity, StateLocation

Sept. 17, 2014

New York, New York

Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse

Sept. 17, 2014

Providence, Rhode Island

Roger Williams National Memorial

Sept. 17, 2014

Tumacacori-Carmen, Arizona

Tumacácori National Historical Park

Sept. 17, 2014

Independence, Missouri

Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum

Sept. 17, 2014

Sacramento, California

Sacramento Memorial Auditorium

Sept. 17, 2014

Quincy, Massachusetts

Adams National Historical Park

Sept. 17, 2014

San Diego, California

Golden Hall

Sept. 17, 2014

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

National Constitution Center

Sept. 17, 2014

Yosemite, California

Yosemite National Park Glacier Point

Sept. 17, 2014

Wilmington, North Carolina

Battleship North Carolina

Sept. 17, 2014

St. Louis, Missouri

Old Courthouse, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

Sept. 17, 2014

Toledo, Ohio

University of Toledo Law School

Sept. 17, 2014

Washington, D.C.

National Archives and Records Administration

Sept. 17, 2014

Jamaica, New York

King Manor Museum

Sept. 17, 2014

San Antonio, Texas

The Alamo

Sept. 17, 2014

Portland, Maine

University of Southern Maine

Sept. 17, 2014

Las Vegas, Nevada

Historic Fifth Street School

Sept. 17, 2014

Honolulu, Hawaii

Battleship  Missouri Memorial

Sept. 17, 2014

Flat Rock, North Carolina

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

Sept. 17, 2014

Mount Holly, New Jersey

Burlington County’s Olde Historic Courthouse

Sept. 17, 2014

Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina

Charles Pinckney National Historic Site

Sept. 17, 2014

Staunton, Virginia

Frontier Culture Museum

Sept. 17, 2014

San Francisco, California

Angel Island

Sept. 17, 2014

Brockport, New York

The College at Brockport: State University of New York

Sept. 17, 2014

Louisville, Ohio

Louisville Middle School

Sept. 17, 2014

Morristown, New Jersey

Morristown National Historical Park

Sept. 17, 2014

Springfield, Massachusetts

Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Sept. 17, 2014

Cleveland, Ohio

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Sept. 17, 2014

Shelburne, Vermont

Shelburne Museum

Sept. 17, 2014

Akron, Ohio

Akron-Summit County Public Library

Sept. 17, 2014

Littleton, Colorado

Littleton City Council Chambers

Sept. 18, 2014

Campbell, California

Campbell Heritage Theater

Sept. 18, 2014

Clarkston, Georgia

Georgia Piedmont Technical College

Sept. 18, 2014

San Diego, California

Marine Corps Recruit Depot

Sept. 18, 2014

Boston, Massachusetts

Faneuil Hall

Sept. 19, 2014

Vancouver, Washington

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

Sept. 19, 2014

Lorton, Virginia

Gunston Hall

Sept. 19, 2014

Jersey City, New Jersey

Liberty State Park

Sept. 19, 2014

Schaumburg, Illinois

Schaumburg Township District Library

Sept. 20, 2014

Vienna, Virginia

Oakton High School

Sept. 23, 2014

Oakland, California

The Paramount Theater

 

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USCIS ELIS Security Question Reset Fact Sheet

The Purpose of the Security Question Reset

USCIS ELIS is conducting this security question reset in response to stakeholder requests for simpler and more easy-to-remember security questions. Personal security questions help prevent unauthorized users from accessing your account. They also enable you to reset your password if you have forgotten it.

It is a standard industry practice to conduct a security question reset to maintain consistency across online accounts. Your personal information has NOT been compromised in any way. This security question reset allows USCIS to use the same security questions for all USCIS ELIS accounts. 

Security Questions and Your USCIS ELIS Account

There are two types of security questions—password reset questions and security preference questions.

Your password reset questions allow you to access your account when you have forgotten your password. When you first created your USCIS ELIS account, you created a password. You were also asked to choose five questions and provide answers to those questions in the event you forgot your password.

Your security preference questions allow USCIS ELIS to authenticate you each time you access your account. Once you created your password, you were asked to indicate how USCIS ELIS should authenticate you every time you log in. You could choose from three security preferences:

  • receiving a one-time PIN through your email account,
  • receiving an SMS text message on your mobile telephone, or
  • answering a series of personal identity questions chosen by you.

Resetting Your Security Questions

Updating your security questions is quick and easy. There is no deadline for resetting your security questions. The next time you log in to your USCIS ELIS account, you will be guided step-by-step through the process of choosing new questions and providing new answers.

Problems Logging In

If you are unable to log in to your USCIS ELIS account because you forgot your current password and cannot remember the answers to your security questions, please submit the online help form to receive assistance from the USCIS Customer Contact Center.

Once you have reset your password and log in to your USCIS ELIS account, you will be prompted to update your security questions.

Future Resets

At this time, USCIS has not planned another security question reset for USCIS ELIS. However, you can update your security questions any time you log in to your USCIS ELIS account.

Contact Us

If you have additional questions about your security questions or USCIS ELIS account, please fill out the Web form.

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H-1B Filing Tips and Religious Workers Engagement

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a stakeholder
teleconference with the California and Vermont Service Centers on Thursday, October 9, 2014,
from 11 a.m. -12:30 p.m. (Eastern).
Please note that this engagement was previously scheduled
for Thursday, September 25. There will be two 45-minute sessions during this teleconference. The
first session, from 11-11:45 a.m., will focus on H-1B filing tips. The second session, from 11:45 a.m. -
12:30 p.m., will focus on eligibility requirements for religious workers.


During this engagement, USCIS subject matter experts will be available to answer your questions.


To register for this teleconference, please follow the steps below:

1. Email CSC-CEO@uscis.dhs.gov and reference “H-1B Filing Tips and Religious Workers
    Engagement RSVP” in the subject line.
2. Include your full name and the organization you represent in the body of the email.
3. Once your registration is processed, you will receive a confirmation email with additional
     details.


NOTE: Please note that this engagement has been rescheduled from September 25 to October 9. If
you previously registered for the September 25 event, please RSVP again for the October 9
engagement.


To submit questions or agenda items before the teleconference, please:
• Email us at CSC-CEO@uscis.dhs.gov. Please submit all questions and agenda items by
Thursday, September 18 .


If you have any questions regarding the registration process, or if you do not receive a confirmation
email within two business days, please email us at CSC-CEO@uscis.dhs.gov.


We look forward to engaging with you!

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Quarterly EB-5 Stakeholder Engagement

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invited you to participate in a stakeholder teleconference on Wednesday, Sept. 10, from 2:30–4 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.


During this teleconference, USCIS officials shared EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program updates and responded to questions.


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USCIS Language Access Plan

Providing Limited English Proficient individuals with meaningful access to USCIS services

USCIS’ Language Access Plan establishes goals and guidelines to ensure that Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals have meaningful access to our services and information. This draft plan summarizes our efforts to comply with Executive Order 13166 and the Department of Homeland Security’s Language Access Plan.

Executive Order 13166 directs each federal agency to “examine the services it provides and develop and implement a system by which LEP individuals can meaningfully access those services consistent with, and without unduly burdening the fundamental mission of the Agency.”

The Department of Homeland Security’s Language Access Plan requires each DHS component to draft its own plan.

USCIS regularly interacts with customers in languages other than English through translated materials, multilingual public engagements, the National Customer Service Center toll-free line and in-person appointments at our offices. As part of our commitment, we also routinely produce educational and outreach materials in multiple languages and publish them to the Multilingual Resource Center. The agency also conducts assessments of language access efforts.

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