Laredo College will offer a program to become a US citizen

Laredo College’s Division of Community Education has launched a citizenship program that helps qualified local permanent residents interested in becoming naturalized citizens in the spring semester.

On September 20, 2021, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services awarded $10 million in grants to 40 organizations to prepare lawful permanent residents for naturalization. LC received $250,000 through the Citizenship and Integration Grants Program: Citizenship Education and Naturalization Services Program. LC was one of 40 organizations selected nationally and one of only three in Texas.


This grant aims to promote the integration of prospective citizens into American civic life by funding educational programs, such as LCs, designed to increase their knowledge of English, American history, and civics. This grant made possible the Civics program at LC, where 200 participants will be highly prepared in these three areas. Classes will offer flexible schedules and will continue to be offered through September 2023. Participants must pass an oral proficiency test and must attend 80 hours of ESL/Citizenship instruction.

Those who complete the citizenship instruction courses will be able to apply, pass the eligibility check and become naturalized citizens if qualified. To make this process possible, LC will work with Azteca Economic Development and Preservation, Corporation Inc.

“Deciding to become a US citizen is one of the most important decisions in an individual’s life,” said Sandra Cortez, LC Dean of Community Education. “If you decide to apply to become a US citizen, contact us and take advantage of this great opportunity.”

Registrations are in progress, textbooks are provided and classes will be offered in the morning and evening. Call LC for start dates. This program is completely free and available to those who meet the prerequisites.

For more information about this program, call Giovanna Rodriguez at 956-721-5436 or Eduardo Martinez at 956-721-5131, or email giovanna.rodriguez@laredo.edu for details.

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