Like other dynamic cities around the world, Seattle thrives on the passion and ambition of a diverse population. As Seattle booms, people from all over the world continue to move here, seeding their dreams in a region ripe with opportunity. However one defines prosperity, the Pacific Northwest provides a path to it. For Seattle Credit Union member Musa, his journey to prosperity included achieving U.S. Citizenship.
Musa fled his home country of Liberia, on the western coast of Africa, in 2001. At that time, Liberia was ten years into a civil war that would last another four. He knew he needed to leave. Musa landed in Boston and then relocated to Seattle about a year later after his cousin, Sidiki, invited Musa this way. His family joined him later.
Musa found work as an accountant and began dreaming of the new life he’d build for himself and his family. He wanted to advance in a career, see his children go to college, put down roots in a city where his family could dream big – and then turn those dreams into reality.
Musa knew U.S. Citizenship was key to achieving those goals. “I wanted to do things the right way,” he says. “I wanted to be a part of this country.”
Citizenship can be a long, expensive process for many. For just one person, the application fee is currently more than $700. This doesn’t include the cost of legal counsel.
Musa attended a citizenship workshop to learn how he could begin the process – and afford it. “I was really facing some financial issues and taking that cost out of pocket would have worsened my financial situation,” he shares.
It was at the workshop a paralegal referred Musa to Seattle Credit Union – specifically our Citizenship Loans. Musa reached out immediately and worked with one of our loan specialists, Kanita, who was able to facilitate the loan.
“That loan came for me at the right time,” Musa says. “Kanita was a lifeline. I truly don’t know where I would have been without her.” His path to U.S. citizenship took a nerve-wracking ten months, but Musa never wavered.
On December 20, 2017, Musa achieved his dream of becoming a U.S. citizen. “It was the best Christmas gift ever,” he reflects.
Today, Musa is excelling in his career with an organization he’s proud to be a part of. His three children have seized the opportunities available to them: his oldest daughter is close to graduating college with a degree in Accounting; his son will graduate high school this year and plans to attend Seattle Pacific University to study mechanical engineering; his youngest daughter is succeeding in high school and loves to cook.
Musa and his family are prospering.
His experiences are a testament to what one can achieve with a dream, drive, the right resources, and a team of allies invested in his success. He found those resources and allies at Seattle Credit Union.
Here, we’re committed to each of our members. We’ll never stop helping them turn their goals into reality because at Seattle Credit Union, everyone has the right to prosper.
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