Since 2010, Walworth County Literacy Council (WCLC) has been providing U.S. citizenship preparation assistance for adults who are lawful permanent residents living in Walworth County.
The Citizenship Program covers the U.S. civics and language skills necessary for students to pass the United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalization test and interview.
Assistance in studying for this process is tailored to the student’s needs. Students gain knowledge needed for the test while improving their English.
U.S. Civics and Government
Four parts of the citizenship exam:
- Civics questions
Citizenship Program Impact
Students in WCLC programs seek citizenship for many reasons. These include becoming more involved in civic responsibilities such as voting, participating in jury duty, or holding public office.
Becoming a citizen enhances their work opportunities. Naturalized immigrants earn between 5.6 % and 7.2 % more within two years of becoming a citizen. Higher wages mean more consumer spending, and more spending means more growth for the overall economy. More money in the system creates economic growth and supports new job creation for all residents. Naturalization sends a signal to employers that their workers are fully committed to life in the United States.
Obtaining citizenship is beneficial for the entire community.