University of Michigan: Priya’s Participant Testimonial

The official seal of Detroit reads “Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus,”which translates to “we hope for better things; it shall rise from the ashes.” Although many find this motto inspirational, the words are particularly meaningful for Detroit resident, Priya, as they serve as a reminder of the American Dream and a symbol of new beginnings and opportunities.

At the age of five, Priya’s journey to America began when her parents moved from India to the Detroit area in search of greater opportunities. Not long after arriving in Detroit, Priya began to feel at home in her new country. She made new friends, attended high school, and now works for the University of Michigan’s medical center, where she schedules surgeries.

After years in Detroit, Priya was thrilled when she learned that her employer, the University of Michigan, partnered with New American Workforce and was taking a step to support its eligible immigrant employees with the citizenship process. She had always wanted to become a U.S. citizen, but was never sure how to start the process. Through her employer’s partnership with New American Workforce, Priya attended citizenship workshops at her worksite and learned eligibility requirements and steps. When asked about her experience at the workshops, Priya said,

“I’m glad the University of Michigan took this opportunity. I think these programs should be mandatory for everyone that needs them. The workshops helped give me peace of mind.”

In the end, Priya filled out her citizenship application with the help of a legal professional at her worksite. The U.S. is the only place Priya has ever called home, and she is excited to complete her American Dream.

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