Having a Green Card means that you can live and work legally in the United States, subject to its laws, paying taxes and enjoying most of the freedoms assured by the U.S. Constitution. To gain permanent resident status, a prospective candidate needs to fill out a bunch of forms, be fingerprinted, go through a comprehensive background check in both the U.S. and the country of origin, demonstrate good moral character and hand over a sizable chunk of change. Of course, a resident, even a permanent one, doesn’t have one important privilege—the ability to vote.
With an election year looming, I wanted to make sure that my small voice was added to the throng so I could do my part in ensuring that the gun rights for which we've fought so hard can be passed on to other generations. So, on the 4th of July this year, I applied to become a naturalized citizen of the United States.
The journey to citizenship means you pretty much have to do the whole process over again with the addition of a personal interview and a test of knowledge on U.S. history and civics, which in my case was undertaken in an anonymous government building, reminiscent of the DMV.