Seven years ago, Sundas arrived in the United States and applied for asylum, fearing for her safety if she returned home to Iraq. Now, she calls the United States her home country. On February 4th, she became a citizen!
No one is prouder than her tutor, Carole. Carole has been tutoring Sundus in English since 2018. Over the last year, Carol helped Sundus prepare for the civics test, the final exam of the naturalization process.
The civics test is an oral test given by an immigration officer. Candidates for citizenship are expected to correctly answer six out of ten questions about U.S. history and government. The ten questions are randomly selected from a possible 100 questions. Sundus and Carole went over test questions each week. Together they studied the Constitution and new vocabulary. Carole was confident in Sundus because of “how diligent she was about her studies.”
Indeed, the preparation paid off! Sundus answered the first seven questions correctly to easily pass the civics test. The naturalization ceremony followed. Due to COVID-19, Sundus could not have guests attend. But as soon as she left the building, she shared the good news with family and friends, including Carole.
Sundus is thrilled to be a U.S. citizen. “The best part is, now I can have an American passport so I can visit my daughter in Sweden, and I can vote.”
Congratulations and safe travels, Sundus!
Sundus was previously featured in Oakland Literacy Council’s “35 Faces of Literacy.” Click HERE to read more about her journey.