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The Road to Citizenship


Part of the mission of the Dominican Literacy Center is to assist women and men who are studying to take the naturalization test and to become informed and participative U.S. citizens.

Becoming a U.S. citizen is not an easy task. Those who have been a legal, permanent resident for five years or more may apply to become a naturalized citizen--then the studying begins. Applicants must learn facts about civics, U.S. history, and government structure. They must also read, write and speak English.


The path to becoming a new U.S. citizen is long and sometimes intimidating. Volunteers and staff members provide two 12-week semesters of group classes to provide explanation, reinforcement and practice. Volunteers work individually with those who are scheduled to take their naturalization test. Adult students study long and hard to pass this difficult test.