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Wednesday, May 21, 2008


My New Allegiance

Just to make sure we are all clear here, I'm going to start by saying that I always have, still do, and always will love Canada.

This Monday I took a huge step in my life. I became a Citizen of the United States of America.

Last summer I attained my 5 year residency requirement to apply for citizenship in this country, and I decided that getting citizenship here in the U.S. was something I wanted to do, so I sent in my application right before the application fees doubled. Because of this increase in the fees there was a huge influx of applicants, this meant processing times were ridiculously long.

This past spring Andrew and I finally had our fingerprinting appointments (we both applied at the same time) and a little more than a month ago we received our letters letting us know that we had an appointment for our interviews. My parents had their interviews before us because apparently there are fewer immigrants in Washington than there are in California (who would have guessed it?). Unfortunately for them, the USCIS location in Yakima doesn't have regular swearing in ceremony's like Fresno does.

My interview went great, and I got (almost) all of the US civics and history questions correct and I did a superb job at the English proficiency test. At the end of the interview the Immigration Officer interviewing me asked me if I was busy later on in the afternoon. After informing he that I wasn't, he asked me if I would like to be sworn in a couple hours later. I said sure and before I knew it I had a short time to wait before I officially received my citizenship. The ceremony was nice, but with such a short notice I didn't have anyone there with me.

Therefore, I am now the first American Citizen in my family. (Andrew had to postpone his interview because he is currently visiting our parents with Jonathan otherwise he would likely be a US Citizen now too.)

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