When you left your native country and obtained a green card to live in the U.S. as a permanent resident, you may have decided to leave your plans uncertain. Perhaps you left family in your homeland, or you wanted to see if your search for employment would be profitable. Whatever path you took when you came to Colorado, you are now happy living here and want to take the next step.
If you are in the country under Temporary Protected Status (TPS), you may be concerned about the recent news coverage announcing the end of TPS designations for certain countries. There is a great deal of fear in the air, and you may be confused about what to believe and what you can do.
Colorado naturalized citizens may have rights that permanent residents and other non-citizen immigrants do not. For instance, they are allowed to vote, may have greater access to jobs and may be able to sponsor family members looking to live in the country as well. However, despite these benefits, the naturalization rate in the United States has been falling in recent years. One reason may be the cost of going through the naturalization process.
Undoubtedly, you had your reasons for deciding to come to the United States. You wanted a better or different life, and decided to settle here in Colorado. You got your green card, maybe got married and have settled into your life here. Now, as you reach the time where you can decide to pursue citizenship, you may be wondering what it means to be a United States citizen.
In the last decade, the United States has welcomed over 6.6 million citizens through the process of naturalization. Immigrants seeking citizenship must first meet several requirements such as living in the United States as a permanent resident for five years, being physically present in the country for the last 30 months, and being able to speak and write English. Once these requirements are met, the applicant must file a naturalization application, attend an interview and pass the citizenship test. After years of preparation, it is normal to approach the test date with anxiety or apprehension, and you may have questions about the test itself. Preparation is the key to success. Following are answers to five common questions about the citizenship test.
This week, the New York Times reported on a spike in naturalization applications from Latino immigrants in Colorado and nationwide. Many applicants say they are motivated to become citizens in time for this year's presidential election, so they can vote against Donald Trump. Latinos, especially Mexicans, with permanent U.S. residency have historically lagged behind immigrants from other parts of the world when it comes to naturalization. Even though many Latinos are legally in the U.S., the majority never become citizens. Now, due to the upcoming presidential election, many Latinos are taking that final step. The naturalization process usually takes around five months, so applicants should be eligible to vote in elections this November.