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Becky Kuntzelman | The Imperial Republican

Eltaib Abdellah and his wife, Alromissa, received their U.S. citizenship in February. Sitting on their laps from left are their children Renad, Rana and Omar.

Sudan couple from Imperial receives U.S. citizenship

Eltaib Abdellah is a familiar face in the lab at Chase County Community Hospital (CCCH).

Abdellah and his wife, Alromissa, moved to the U.S. from Sudan Dec. 1, 2014.

In July 2016, the family moved to Imperial where Abdellah accepted a position at CCCH as a medical technician (MT).

The couple began the process in September 2019 to become U.S. citizens.

The steps to qualify involved  interviews, photos, fingerprinting and a background search, said Abdellah.

 “To qualify to be a citizen of the U.S. you can’t have any criminal record. You cannot be dependent on the government for income—you must have a job and pay taxes, and you have to have lived in the U.S. for five years,” he said.

The couple then had to learn about American history, social studies and be able to read, write and understand the English language.

“To prepare for the exam, my wife and I studied for about three months. We both passed the exam without missing a single question,” Abdellah said.

On Feb. 10, Abdellah and his wife attended a ceremony at the U.S. Immigration Center in Omaha and received their official U.S. citizenship.

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