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01.02 What Is Citizenship?
Transcript of 01.02 What Is Citizenship?
What inspired you to become a U.S. citizen?
Well, what inspired me to become a citizen of the United States, was that I wanted to be able to feel safe and be in an environment where everyone has an input like voting for example. I wanted to make active changes that would benefit my kids in their future and others as well.
Well, since gaining citizenship more doors have been opened to me. I am now able to vote, and have an input in society and help my community as well. I can also say that I am a U.S. citizen. As for my daily life, there hasn't been much change. I still continue some of the customs that are practiced in my country. I cook traditional dishes from my country. So far it's been great!
Right to Vote
Eve Fabregas was born in Barcelona, Spain on September 12, 1974.
Both her parents are from Spain.
Came to the United States on June 15th, 2003.
Married to a U.S. citizen.
How has gaining citizenship changed your life? Is your daily life different because of gaining citizenship?
By Jennifer Cardon
What steps did you have to take as part of the naturalization process?
The first step I had to take was to decide if I was ready to go thought with it. Once I felt ready I had to fill out an application where certain information was asked. Then I waited to hear back from the INS and was notified that my application was accepted. And well meanwhile I heard back from them I dedicated time to studying. Once I heard back from them, the next step was to get a background check which included fingerprinting. After that there was an interview, then a Civics tests that had to be completed. Along with that I had to complete written exam. When all was completed and approved, I attended an Oath ceremony, where it was made official that I was a U.S. citizen. I will admit that the steps I had to take for the process was quite long, but definitely worth it and I don't regret the choices I made.
How would you describe how you felt about the process?
From what I remember, the process was pretty simple and not too complicated. I would submit applications and if the INS needed additional forms or information I'd send it to them. I'd say that overall it was and easy process, it just took time because I had to wait to hear back from them.
Do you feel the process was worthwhile?
I definitely do think the process was worthwhile. It had become a dream of mine to one day be a U.S. citizen, and have the same opportunities as other citizens. Now I'm finally one and I'm satisfied. All the benefits that I have now made all worthwhile.
If you had to, would you do it again? Please explain.
If I had to, I would for sure do it again! Because I think that the benefits that one gets in being a citizen is worth the while. When being a citizen you have many rights and opportunities. Along with that you get protection from your country, and along with that there is order. Which in my opinion I think is very important.
Do you believe that by becoming a citizen, it takes away your traditions?
Oh, definitely not! America is a free country full of opportunities. Becoming a citizen doesn't mean that you have to give up all your traditions. One can still practice them. I still celebrate traditions from back in my country and I'm glad that I'm able to do so while being a citizen.
Being a U.S. citizen opens the doors to many benefits, including having the right to vote. If a person wants to become a U.S. citizen, one has to go through a naturalization process. The purpose of this process is to legally obtain citizenship in the United States. This process includes four steps which are: Application, Fingerprinting, an Interview, and an Oath Ceremony. This process works well as long as one meets all the requirements and follows all procedures. This includes passing a written and oral exam as well.
If I had the option to change the naturalization process I would change the Civics test than a person has to take. One thing I would change about that test would be to maybe specify what type of questions one needs to know. The U.S. has a long history and I think it'd be helpful for those taking the test, to know or have an idea of what type of questions they will be asking. Besides that little point, I would keep the naturalization process the same as it is. It ensures that the person will know some history and know enough English interact in society today.
***This is a fictitious interview