Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Under Executive Order 14012, Restoring Faith in Our Legal Systems and Strengthening Integration and Inclusion Efforts for New Americans, USCIS is chairing an interagency naturalization working group and is working with governmental and private sector partners on a strategy to overcome barriers to citizenship and promote naturalization. A key component of the strategy involves building stronger local level community partnerships and offering free educational resources to service providers.
In order to assist the more than 9.1 million lawful permanent residents who are eligible to apply for citizenship, USCIS is looking to partner with law schools and legal clinics to promote and foster pro bono “Days of Service” for naturalization applicants. USCIS proposes to kick-off this initiative at a few locations for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 17. USCIS would like to see the initial pilot then expanded to locations around the country, encouraging day or week long naturalization-focused pro bono legal clinics, perhaps tied to key calendar dates, including but not limited to President’s Day, Citizenship Day and/or Constitution Week.
USCIS will provide a virtual training and overview of the N-400 application for legal service providers on Wednesday January 12 at 2 pm EST for those interested in hosting pro bono legal clinics on or around January 17. If your law school is interested in participating in this initiative, please contact USCIS Senior Advisor and Chair of the Naturalization Working Group, Kelly Ryan at Kelly.Ryan@uscis.dhs.gov.
MHC (h/t Lenni Benson)