In 2016, the United States granted citizenship to over 700-thousand immigrants.
Becoming a US Citizen is about a year-long process.
Reporter Nathalie Gomez introduces us to members in our community preparing for the required test.
The people in this room have one common goal.
“I want to be part of this country,” said applicant Ofelia Guzman.
But first there’s a couple steps to take.
“They start with an application called the N -400 and that’s over 20 pages long of all of their personal information,” said class instructor Nadine Nelson.
Following that, applicants have to pass an extensive background check followed by an interview and tests that question their knowledge about US civics, government, and history.
“At least I have now an idea how the constitution was written, the wars the United States went through,” said Virginia Torrelavega.
Torrelavega is a registered nurse who works in a nursing home.
“I came here to pursue my profession, I’m in the medical field,” said Torrelavega.
Guzman, from Mexico, is also trying to get her citizenship.
“It’s a little bit hard because my English is not very good but I’m trying to do, and I’m going to do it,” said Guzman.
Both have their permanent resident cards and have lived in the US for five years.
“It is a privilege given to us by the United States of America and that privilege can be taken away from us,” said Torrelavega.
‘It’s very important cause we are Hispanic and I want to have the same rights as the other people,” said Guzman.
and soon all of them will have their rights and will get the opportunity to live their own American Dream.