In 1999 Gloria Nicolau came to the U.S. at the age of sixty-eight from her home country of the Philippines with the help of her mother’s legal petition. Gloria’s mother was a U.S. citizen, but was in dire need of her daughter to support her as a caregiver. Gloria left her home and her fully-grown children in order to provide for her ailing mother during her final days. She worked tirelessly to support her mother for five years, until 2004 when her mother passed away.
After her mother’s death, not only was Gloria forced to deal with her grief, but with her petitioner gone, Gloria needed to improve her self-sufficieny.
Gloria came upon an advertisement for CET at her local church. The advertisement offered immigration advice for those who could least afford it. Deciding she needed professional help, she jumped at the opportunity of realizing her hopes of becoming a U.S. citizen. Gloria contacted CET and began regularly attending appointments with a BIA accredited Immigration Specialist.
Without charge, Gloria received help filling out her application and obtaining a USCIS fee waiver. Despite having poor vision rendering her almost unable to read, Gloria was able to pass her citizenship exams. She is now eagerly waiting for February 25th 2010, when she will take the Oath of Allegiance to the U.S. and become a U.S. citizen.
Gloria is extremely grateful for the gracious funding that CET received from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, CET was able to help Gloria and others, without charge, petition for the gift of becoming a U.S. citizen.