BCAA has been offering citizenship classes for several years. These classes have been offered without external funding because volunteers from within the Bhutanese/Nepalese community have been willing to serve as teachers without pay. Through such efforts the BCAA is trying to increase the number of its people achieving citizenship in the USA.
Refugees, including those from Bhutan/Nepal, must wait for five years before they can attempt the citizenship test. All those taking the test must prepare able to answer 100 questions on civics, although only about 10 questions will be asked. Respondents must answer 6 of the 10 questions correctly to pass the test. Civics questions cover principles of American democracy, the system of government, and rights and responsibilities of citizens.
Pictured below is Dhan Rimal working with a group of Bhutanese/Nepalese refugees in the BCAA office on August 11, 2015.
Everyone has a good feeling and a sense of elation and happiness when they pass the exam and get their Certificate of Naturalization. Below Nirmala and Kailash Ghimirey have just passed the test, and they are smiling proudly as new US Citizens.
Many BCAA members go to the Anthony J. Celebrezze Federal Building on East 9th street in Cleveland to have their biometrics recorded and to take the US citizenship test (see photo above right).