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October 8, 2013 > International Institute selected as grant recipient

International Institute selected as grant recipient

Submitted By Ellen Dumesnil

The International Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA) has been selected to receive a $250,000 two-year grant from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to promote immigrant civic integration and prepare permanent residents for citizenship.

IIBA, a 95-year-old non-profit that helps Bay Area immigrants become citizens is the only Northern Californian agency awarded the competitive USCIS grant. Nationally, only 40 non-profit agencies received grants.

Last year, IIBA provided legal consultations, eligibility assessments, application assistance and civics classes to 1,000 legal permanent residents in the Bay Area who hailed from 83 countries.

ÒWe are very excited Ð and thankful Ð for this funding because it will enable IIBA to strengthen our civics classes and naturalization legal services for legal permanent residents throughout our five county service area, Ò said Sheryl Mu–oz-Bergman, IIBAÕs Director of Programs. ÒThis grant enables us to expand our efforts to assist even more immigrants.Ó

IIBA has offices in San Francisco, Redwood City, Oakland, Antioch and Fremont. It recently opened an office in Napa. It serves immigrants in the counties of San Francisco, Alameda, Santa Clara, Contra Costa, San Mateo and Napa.

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