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Introducing Georgia's newest citizens

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The IRC in Atlanta is pleased to offer free Citizenship classes every Saturday to help eligible Lawful Permanent Residents or "green card holders" to prepare to become American citizens and pass the citizenship test.

A recent graduate of the class, Maria, first came to the U.S. from Mexico in 1995, after her father filed an application for her to join him here in Atlanta. She wanted to become a U.S. citizen so she could expand her career opportunities, and spent over a year studying for the test. “It was not hard because Bob was a wonderful teacher,” Maria said of Citizenship class instructor, Bob Gordon. “He was very patient, and is always patient when teaching his students.” Maria said that becoming a naturalized citizen felt “like a dream come true,” and she celebrated by going out to eat with her parents and class instructors, Bob and Rebecca.

Maria celebrates her citizenship with her family and IRC instructors, Bob and Rebecca.

Another new citizen, Amelevi, failed her citizenship test on her first try, due to the level of reading and writing required. However, in July 2018 she started attending classes and studying hard, and was finally able to pass the test and earn her citizenship. “It opened my eyes to learn more about the country, how citizens support the country and how the country supports the citizens,” Amelevi said about her studies. Originally from Togo, Amelevi came to the U.S. through the Diversity Visa lottery visa and currently works at The Varsity. She thoroughly enjoys living in America and plans to buy a house, develop her career and continue to support her family.

Free Citizenship classes are held every Saturday morning (except holidays) at the International Rescue Committee, 2305 Parklake Drive NE, Suite 100, Atlanta, 30345 from 9:30am to 12:00pm. Students must have a green card and speak at an intermediate level of English or higher. Registration is open and ongoing, please contact Lauren Mertens at 678-636-8964 or Lauren.Mertens [at] Rescue.org if you have any questions.

To learn more about the work of the IRC in Atlanta and for information on how you can get involved with the IRC as a donor or volunteer, please contact Development Manager, Kalie Lasiter, at Kalie.Lasiter [at] Rescue.org or 678-636-8941.

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