Who was President during World War I?
What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for?
Why does the flag have 13 stripes?
When was the Constitution written?
Many native-born Americans would struggle to answer all of these questions correctly on a test; that struggle would be magnified if they were over 60, home-bound, and taking the test in a foreign language.
We are very proud of our naturalization program designed to help home-bound, frail, and isolated seniors who cannot benefit from classroom instruction. In a pioneering move, Missouri became the first state to realize the value and achievement of documented, long-term resident seniors becoming US citizens. Funded by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Bilingual International’s Naturalization Assistance to Legal Immigrant and Refugee Seniors offers a valuable respite to the Missouri taxpayer while also providing consumers with sense of pride, ability, and inalienable rights. This program is only available to individuals over the age of 60 that have resided in the state of Missouri for five years or more.
We work with eligible seniors to complete the necessary documentation for naturalization, after which we provide one-on-one, in-home tutoring to teach basic civics and U.S. history, as well as English language reading and writing as needed. Although the task can seem daunting, our success rate is exceptionally high, and our consumers are often astounded at their own accomplishment.
This program is driven by the engagement of volunteer citizenship tutors. Learn more about this rewarding opportunity here.