(CNN) - The journey was long for Ignacia Moya, but on July 19, at the age of 106, she was finally able to attain a dream that she has been working toward for years: becoming a citizen of the United States.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Illinois, assisted Moya in her quest to attain citizenship.
At the Chicago ceremony where Moya was sworn in, Gutierrez said she had two reasons for wanting to be a citizen.
"She said because all of her children were U.S. citizens, and she wanted to be just like them." Gutierrez said.
Moya's second reason, according to Gutierrez, was to "do something she hasn't been able to do in 106 years, and that is vote in an election in the United States."
Moya was originally denied citizenship because her English was not good enough to pass the civics and language exams. However, Moya recently received a waiver due to hearing and eyesight impairments.
When she was administered the oath of citizenship on Monday, Moya told the clerk, "Accepto," over cheers and applause from her family.
–CNN's Jeff Simon contributed to this report