Sujata is a wonderful young woman served by The Arc Alliance’s Supports Coordination Organization. She came over to the United States from Nepal in 2011 with her mom, dad, and one of her brothers. In the fall of 2021 Sujata’s parents had to return to Nepal to care for her other brother and she did not want to go with them. She wanted to stay in the US with her brother and her brother’s fiancée, so it was finally time to pursue citizenship for her in order to keep her in the States. Sujata’s SC, whom Sujata does not call by her name but didi (sister in Nepali) asked her why she wanted to stay in the US. Sujata told SC in Nepali, which her brother translated, that she is treated differently in Nepal due to her disability and she did not feel safe going back. Sujata, her brother, and her SC/Didi applied for citizenship (n400) and saved money for the filing fee. The application also included a disability form to excuse her from the civic and English comprehension tests that had to be completed. After the application was complete, the anticipated wait time was over a year. Therefore, the team was looking at receiving news in May 2022. However, Sujata got a wonderful birthday surprise in early December 2021. A letter from immigration stating she had an interview scheduled for 12/22/2021! She was so excited and her team was happy that she was one step closer to getting citizenship. On 12/22/2021, SC received a text message from Sujata’s brother. It was a picture of Sujata’s citizenship certificate. Sujata had been approved on the spot and got the certificate the same day. Sujata had achieved her American dream. बधाई छ (Congratulations) Sujata!
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