The LSS Center for New Americans program was one of more than 160 applicants for the 2016 USCIS Citizenship and Integration Grant which provides Citizenship instruction and naturalization application assistance at free and reduced rates.
The LSS Center for New Americans was one of the 46 elite programs to obtain this very competitive grant and has had a track record for maintaining high-quality education and naturalization services for three previous grant cycles.
What does this mean to immigrants in South Dakota?
- Free Citizenship Classes at three levels of instruction: Citizenship Class 1, 2 and 3.
When students successfully complete Citizenship Class 3 they are ready to pass the rigors of the naturalization interview. These classes are for any legal permanent residents (Green Card holders) in the community. This grant also provides classes for immigrants living in Huron and Aberdeen.
- Reduced rates for attorney assistance in the naturalization process, or as we like to tell our clients, “Citizenship on Sale!”
For only $50 a legal permanent resident with five years of residence in the USA will have the assistance of an attorney to complete the N-400 naturalization application. Applicants who meet low-income guidelines will receive attorney assistance for free and a fee waiver for the federal application fee. The immigration attorneys take appointments in Sioux Falls, Huron and Aberdeen.
This grant serves about 200 legal permanent residents each year in Citizenship Classes and about 300 per year with naturalization services.
Any legal permanent resident interested in classes or application help can call 731-2000 to make an appointment.