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Revisions are coming to the U.S. citizenship test

There are many steps to becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States. From securing the appropriate documentation to come to the U.S. in the first place, a person must also meet the age requirement and have lived as a lawful permanent resident for five years or longer. Another step to becoming a citizen is to pass the citizenship test. Immigrants living in Louisiana who have been studying for that test should be aware that it will be revised soon.

Requirements for citizenship naturalization

There are many advantages to becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States. As a citizen, individuals can exercise various rights -- including the right to vote -- and apply for specific jobs or benefit programs in Louisiana. Those who hope to obtain U.S. citizenship should be aware that there are requirements for applying for naturalization, though. Such requirements include things like residency, age and even language ability.

Citizenship applications facing serious backlog

Coming to the United States is often the first step for immigrants who have a much greater goal in mind -- becoming a citizen. However, wait times for citizenship applications are currently much longer than they used to be. With the process taking up to two years in some areas of the U.S., some people hoping to make Louisiana their permanent home could be in for a significant waiting game.

Army vet fights for daughter's citizenship

Louisiana families who hope to grow their family through adoption often turn to international adoptions, which is sometimes a more affordable and quicker process than those available domestically. While most parents are able to easily obtain citizenship for their children, it can be a bit trickier when it comes to older children. A retired Army officer and his wife are still trying to get their daughter's citizenship approved years after the adoption process was finalized. 

US government to give $10 million in citizenship grants

Becoming a citizen is a monumental achievement for Louisiana immigrants. However, it is not always an easy path, and many find they are met with unexpected hurdles. The U.S. government recently announced that it will spend as much as $10 million to make the process a little smoother for immigrants hoping to obtain citizenship.

Will a citizenship question appear on the next census?

The 2020 U.S. census is set to ask respondents whether they are citizens. This move has many people in Louisiana worried, with some wondering if their responses could jeopardize their status in the country. However, activists are fighting back against the citizenship question, with at least one federal lawsuit moving forward. 

Baseball player leaves game early for citizenship ceremony

From minimum-wage jobs to corporate positions, immigrants fill important jobs all across America. Some of the of the most high-profile jobs an immigrant can hold is one that puts them in the spotlight, such as that of professional athlete. Baseball fans in Louisiana might have noticed that a Major League Baseball player recently achieved citizenship.

Nonprofit aims to ease path to citizenship

For green card holders in the United States, one of the questions they regularly ask themselves is, "What's next?" The answer can feel overwhelming. Seeking citizenship is a long process that often appears too big of a hurdle to pass for some Louisiana immigrants, but one group is hoping to change this outlook. A nonprofit is now offering grants for those seeking naturalization.