Refugees Work Through U.S. Citizenship Process

Individuals like Rosol Kadhim of Iraq and dozens of refugees and immigrants attended an informational meeting hosted by World Relief in the Quad Cities, Ill. A line of couples and families at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center waited for help to prepare for a U.S. citizenship application.

This was the first workshop of its kind at the center, sponsored by a New Americas Initiative grant, that paired refugees and immigrants with volunteers who helped them read and understand every page of the lengthy application.

“There was one family, we tried to help them, but they can’t understand us,” Amy Rowel, director of World Relief told the Quad-City Times. Because of the language barrier, “they won’t understand the questions in the interview.”

Kadhim, who currently lives in Rock Island with her husband and two children, has lived in the United States for four years and six months. Immigrants are required to live in the states for five years before applying for citizenship.

Before applying, immigrants should improve their English skills and learn U.S. history and government for a smoother application process. If a family or individual brings along an American friend, they will be more successful at events such as this one.

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