June 22, 2009

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Small talk. It’s a strange, yet fun thing. I rotate topics to minimize being repetitive but enjoy talking about my citizenship journey the most. In a few weeks, it will be 8 months since I was sworn in. Beyond that one day, it was a huge process. Interested in a summary?

I moved here January 24, 1999. I was sworn in October 30, 2008. Start to finish, that’s 3,567 days. I received my green card on June 23, 2003. That date is key. Before then, I had no permanent standing. It was the first step to becoming a citizen. Many people stop here. It gives them many of the same benefits as a citizen and lasts for 10 years. But where’s the fun in that? After the required 5-year waiting period, I formally applied for citizenship on July 16, 2008. That’s only 106 days from application to oath. When you consider it’s a government program, it was incredibly fast.

The cost, time, and commitment required was mind numbing, yet I knew I wanted to be a citizen. Even if I still don’t know exactly why.

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  1. It really is a cool thing to hear about. So many of us that were born here take a lot of things for granted. I remember when the election came around for Mayor in Racine, you wanted to vote so bad.

    In respect to it taking a short period of time for a government program, imagine if the DMV handled it.

  2. If only more of us were as excited as you are to be a citizen, even if we don't know exactly why. Your defiantly an asset to the country!

  3. No DMV! It's bad enough with Homeland Security in charge. Especially when compared to my mom, I think I just got lucky.

    I would be happy if more people simply tried to be a better citizen. As excited as I am, I still struggle with recognising patriotism, but that's a whole other thing...