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Friends and Neighbors:Yesenia Flores

A long wait for just the right moment; a little nudge forward and Yesenia Flores, Yessie, has completed her journey – traveling to Omaha a permanent resident and coming home to Kimball a naturalized citizen.

Yessie's long wait began when she became a permanent resident of the United States in 1999, through her husband. Permanent residency is valid for ten years, at which time it must be renewed or it will be forfeited, or one can apply to become naturalized.

"For a permanent resident who wants to become a citizen, if you are getting it through your spouse, you have to wait at least three years...