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The Citizenship and Integration Grant Program is an important capacity-building initiative that provides funding to support citizenship preparation services for permanent residents. Administered by the Office of Citizenship, the program funds competitive grants with the goal of expanding the availability of high quality citizenship preparation programs in communities nationwide, to include citizenship instruction and naturalization application services.   
Fiscal Year 2016 to 2020 (up to September 30, 2020) Processing Times (in Months)  
DHS will implement the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule beginning on Feb. 24, 2020, including in Illinois. DHS published the rule on Aug. 14, 2019, but, shortly before the final rule was scheduled to go into effect on Oct. 15, 2019, several federal courts enjoined the rule (that is, legally prohibited DHS from implementing it at that time). The U.S. Supreme Court stayed the last remaining injunction on Feb. 21, 2020, and therefore DHS is no longer prevented from implementing the final rule.  
On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed the Buy American and Hire American Executive Order, which seeks to create higher wages and employment rates for U.S. workers and to protect their economic interests by rigorously enforcing and administering our immigration laws. It also directs DHS, in coordination with other agencies, to advance policies to help ensure H-1B visas are awarded to the most-skilled or highest-paid beneficiaries.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invited you to attend a listening session on Thursday, April 18, 2019, from 2 to 4 p.m. Eastern about strengthening protections for U.S. workers and implementing the Buy American and Hire American (BAHA) Executive Order (EO).
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invited you to participate in a teleconference listening session on Wednesday, July 26, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern, to provide feedback on President Trump’s Executive Order: Buy American and Hire American.
ALERT: On Dec. 31, 2020, the Known Employer pilot will expire, as USCIS has elected to not further extend it. USCIS will continue to process applications submitted under the pilot through Dec. 31, 2020, and will reject any applications submitted under the pilot starting Jan. 1, 2021. USCIS thanks all who were involved in the pilot.