Recently, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington’s Hogar Immigrant Services (Hogar) was recognized by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), one of our longstanding grantors, which is recognition of the important work being done.
Hogar serves more than 3,200 unduplicated immigrants a year, with high-quality, low-cost services. Over 90% of Hogar’s clients are living below the federal poverty line so the need for low-cost trusted services in the community is crucial.
Hogar has consecutively received a national Citizenship & Integration grant from USCIS’ Office of Citizenship since 2010 to provide citizenship instruction classes and naturalization application services. The two-year grant is only given to 40 organizations nationwide (and there are over 2000 applicants each year for this competitive grant).
Hogar has been providing legal immigration consultation and representation to immigrants who are legally eligible for legal services in the Northern Virginia area for over 34 years, ranging from immigrant visa petitions and related applications, to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications, to representation before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), to naturalization assistance.
Hogar also provides ESOL and Citizenship instruction classes as well as other educational offerings to immigrants, throughout the Diocese of Arlington. Hogar’s dedication to serving the immigrant community is explicit in its mission statement:
“to ‘welcome the stranger’ to this country, regardless of ethnicity, religion, nationality, or ability to pay. Our goal is for immigrants to achieve self-sufficiency and to participate fully in the greater community.”
We are providing more naturalization application services (helping people apply for U.S. citizenship) than any other grantee nationwide, so we are #1 performing grantee for naturalization application services. Our program is listed as a promising practice on USCIS’ Citizenship Resource Center website, as well as a promising practice of immigrant integration on the Catholic Legal Immigration Network’s (CLINIC) website.