The Biden Administration is introducing a cross-agency effort to remove obstacles facing immigrants eligible for U.S. citizenship and encourage them to apply.

The government laid out its plans to reduce barriers to naturalization, including:

  • Use of data regarding potential naturalization-eligible populations;

  • Citizenship public education and awareness campaign;

  • National and community targeted outreach through traditional and social media;

  • Stakeholder engagement;

  • Promotion of citizenship and education resources;

  • The USCIS Outstanding Americans by Choice initiative;

  • The USCIS Citizenship and Integration Grant Program; and

  • Capacity building through collaboration and partnerships.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said that the strategy for promoting naturalization reflects the collaboration of USCIS; the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, State, Labor, Housing and Urban Development, Defense, Justice, Veterans Affairs, and Agriculture, and the Social Security Administration. These agencies are part of the interagency naturalization working group established pursuant to President Biden’s executive order 14012, issued in February, to prioritize citizenship education and awareness through capacity building and expanded partnerships.

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