The bills revise current Missouri law that requires high school seniors to take an exam about the U.S. and Missouri Constitutions. Instead, they will take an exam similar to the test taken by naturalized citizens.
Fees in 1997 totaled $95. Today it costs an immigrant $675 in fees related to naturalization. That is a barrier to citizenship, says the ICIRR.
Twenty-three took the oath at a ceremony held Friday at the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site in St. Louis County.
Attorneys and law students will offer their time and skills pro bono, helping immigrants fill out citizenship forms.