Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest and its partners at Catholic Charities of Newark are being awarded a two-year grant from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services to help legal permanent residents — people who hold green cards — to become U.S. citizens. This is the third consecutive time they’ve been awarded the grant.
Over the last four years, JVS has provided citizenship exam preparation classes to nearly 150 people annually, and 97 percent of those who took the naturalization test during the past two years passed. Unfortunately, the wait time to take the exam in Newark has increased significantly during the covid-19 pandemic, from 8 to 10 months pre-covid-19 to as long as 31 months now. For more information, go to jvsnj.org.