December 31, 1969

Becoming A Citizen

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." 

Becoming a United States citizen is one of the most anticipated and important events in the lives of immigrants who have made our nation their home. The  Dual Language, Social Studies students, studied the process of becoming a United States citizen. They created a fifteen-minute video (click to view)  which shows the interview and ceremony process. All students were required to learn the 100 questions of the Civics and Naturalization test (, understand the application questions and pass the test with at least a 70%. All students who took the test passed with outstanding scores. Due to the diversity of cases that get submitted to the USCIS office the time and process varies a lot. It takes the average citizenship candidate an average of ten years to finally become naturalized from the time they acquired legal status in the country. However, from the time you become a U.S. resident the time varies anywhere from five months to two years to finally become a citizen. Learning about the immigration laws, our country's civics and government was a great experience for our students. Click on the link to visit Mrs. Santos' page.