USCIS inks a pact with City of Atlanta to provide Citizenship Education

April 27, 2015

USCIS & City of Atlanta signs a pact to provide Citizenship Education

Leon Rodriguez, the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in partnership with Kasim Reed, the Atlanta Mayor has reached an agreement to increase awareness about citizenship. The agreement will remain effective until December 2017.

Rodriguez added that the partnership with Atlanta will bolster local efforts that help citizens to find the required information and resources needed to complete the naturalization process ease. He added that USCIS is proud to join with Mayor Reed to promote awareness and provide citizenship education and to encourage permanent residents since they consider the rights of the US citizenship.

During the signing session, Reed and Rodriguez emphasized the need to include all sectors in a defined manner to prop up aspiring citizens and create more welcoming communities. Additionally, they also have plans to set up Citizenship Corners at the branches of Atlanta-Fulton Public Library to make official citizenship preparation materials of USCIS more easily accessible to new entrants. USCIS also has plans to train librarians and other officials about the naturalization procedure and the free preparation resources available to overseas library customers.

Reed stated that the contributions of immigrants to the culture and economy were overwhelming. In Atlanta, foreign nationals form the largest group of self-employed and foreign business owners generates $2.9 billion business revenue over each year. He added that since thousands of eligible residents were not able to complete their naturalization process, they have come up with a joint announcement with USCIS to facilitate access to citizenship in Atlanta, with all the responsibilities and privileges.

Reportedly, USCIS and the City of Atlanta also have plans to provide citizenship information via community centers, public schools, and various city facilities. They are planning to advance community partnerships to hold naturalization information sessions across Atlanta.

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