SA Chamber USA keeping South Africans interested in Naturalization updated. The Department of Homeland Security’s US Citizenship and Immigration Services released the Interagency Strategy for Promoting Naturalization. This is a whole-of-government approach to breaking down barriers to U.S. citizenship. And also promoting naturalization to all who are eligible. Especially, as outlined in President Biden’s Executive Order 14012.
“It is a tremendous privilege to become a United States citizen,” said Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas. “New citizens, strengthened with the power and responsibilities that American citizenship brings, make our Nation better. This strategy will ensure that aspiring citizens are able to pursue naturalization through a clear and coordinated process.”
This report reflects the collaboration of USCIS, the Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services. As well as the Department of State, Department of Labor, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Defense, and Department of Justice. Also, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Agriculture, and the Social Security Administration. All of these institutions are part of the interagency Naturalization Working Group. This working group was established pursuant to the President’s executive order. Firstly, to prioritize citizenship education and awareness through capacity building and expanded partnerships. Because this is at the heart of the interagency strategy.
“USCIS remains committed to empowering immigrants to pursue citizenship. Along with the rights and opportunities that come with it. It is fitting that this report is being released days before our nation’s 245th birthday. There is no greater testament to the strength of America. Especially, our willingness to encourage others to join us as U.S. citizens. So we can work together to build a more perfect union,” said USCIS Acting Director Tracy Renaud.
“We look forward to the work ahead in welcoming and supporting aspiring Americans. And also equipping them with the tools they need to be successful in their journey to citizenship, and beyond.”
Since the beginning of the Biden-Harris administration, USCIS has taken a number of steps to reduce barriers to naturalization. Also to restore confidence in our nation’s legal immigration system. More information on naturalization policies issued since January 2021 is available on the USCIS website.
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