Gunay Sepehri


As Interviewed by Lanie Sepehri, March 11, 2019

Gunay Sepehri: In Her Own Words

Gunay Sepehri on becoming a U.S. citizen.

We came in 1971. First, I felt very homesick, because I was missing my family, I was missing my home, but then after I was okay. And now I feel like this is my second home.

After five years, you become citizenship. You take a test, and you become citizenship. So we took, after five years, test, and then we became citizenship. They were asking about history; for example, who was first president, can you write, read English, all kind of those. About historical also. It wasnít difficult to me at all. It was good. I mean, I made it.

And we came with green cards. Green card means you can come and stay in United States. You come and then after you can get citizenship. I felt more secure just to live in United States. Which is more secure. I think if you are going to live in United States, and if you get citizenship, itís better. Because, I mean, when you go and you get a job, they ask you if youíre citizenship. Itís good. But if youíre not citizenship, and you come with a kind of visa, youíre not secure.

I didnít really have hard time to adjusting. Because I knew the language, and I was British subject. I was one of them, like here. I didnít have difficulties. Because everythingís just same. Because I was British subject. You might feel the customs, different than your home, which is true, but for me it wasnít. I mean, my background; I have Greek-Turk customs, but like I said I was born under English colony. It wasnít any different, here, when I came, but for some people when they come, they do have harder time. Because, for example, they come from Iran, or somewhere. They have harder time. Because itís different. Or from Turkey.