As an immigrant from Mexico my family and I have been living in Seattle for almost 13 years. After living as permanent residents for almost 10 years my mom and I decided to apply to become U.S. Citizens through the naturalization process. In the fall of 2011 we filled out the application, paid the hefty fee, took pictures, had our finger prints taken and then moved on to study the U.S. Civics test. The test consists of 100 questions that covers important U.S history and government topics. Needless to say most U.S born Americans cant answer most of these questiosn, so for about a month my mom and I studied the materials, attended our interviews and passed the exam! With that said we became U.S naturalized citizens.
Officially U.S citizens!
By becoming citizens we are now able to do many things we couldn’t before such as :
- Serve on Jury
- Travel with a U.S. Passport
- Become an elected official
So you might be wondering where I’m going with this post, well today is the 4th of July. The Declaration of Independence was drafted by Thomas Jefferson in 1776, making this year the 236th anniversary! It is also America’s most cherished symbol of freedom. My family came to America to achieve their own American Dream in the land of the free, the land of possibilities where anything can come true if you’re willing to work hard. With that said I am vey thankful that my mom brought me to Seattle ( although I didnt like it very much at first) I’ve learned to call Seattle my home and I cant see myself living anywhere else. I have been blessed with many things and coming to America in November of 1998 was what triggered it all. Happy 4th of July everyone! Today is my moms and I first Independence Day celebration as American Citizens so you know we’re celebrating! Stay safe!