Sunday, June 23, 2019
Once undocumented and later a lawful permanent resident, Sergio Garcia, who practices at his law offices in rural Chico, California, became a naturalized U.S. citizen this week in a ceremony in Sacramento.
It has been a long road to citizenship for Garcia. He finally became a lawful permanent resident in 2015. Garcia first came to the United States as a child in 1994. Undocumented when he first came, Garcia applied for a visa in 1994 and spent about 20 years waiting “in line” for his "green card." (The delay was the result of "per country" ceilings in the immigration laws that make waits for certain visas very long for citizens of Mexico.). Meanwhile, he earned a degree from California State University, Chico and studied at California Northern School of Law. When he passed the bar exam on the first attempt, the California Supreme Court found that Garcia, although an undocumented immigrant, was eligible for a bar license.
Garcia was admitted to the California State Bar in 2014. He then opened a law office in Chico. And now is a U.S. citizen.
Congratulations Sergio Garcia!