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SallyBR1's picture

.... was added today to this Great Country!

I am unfortunately in a bit of a hurry, but had to come here and tell my virtual family all about it

it is not official until the Oath Ceremony, but I have a "congratulatory letter" stating that my application for Naturalization is recommended for approval

it was a very nice experience overall - I get there and the officer made me raise my right hand and swear I was going to say the truth - that already got me a bit emotional, seemed like the scene of a movie :-)

On his desk there was this HUGE pile of paper - I am not kidding, it was about 9 inches in height. Those were all my documents related to my green card request many many years ago. Because my application was for "outstanding merit" (hate this name) in research, I had all my published articles, letters of recommendation, included there.

the agent smiled and said that he spent yesterday evening reading it and enjoyed it very much - immediately made questions about my research, how things ended with the "flagellin" work, what I was working on now.

Asked a few questions from the list, about American History, the Constitution, and finally shook my hand and said it had been a pleasure to meet me and he hopes he will be the one conducting my Oath Ceremony....

I could have melted right there, but regained my composure, and left, a little overwhelmed by the whole thing.

As I said, it is not official until the ceremony, but I guess I am 99% of the way there!

THank you for all you support, I really really appreciate it!

 


 


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MadMom's picture

(post #52200, reply #1 of 67)

Sally, I'm so thrilled for you.  We witnessed the ceremony when our DSIL was sworn in after his first tour in Iraq.  Very moving.  Congratulations...you're almost there!



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TracyK's picture

(post #52200, reply #2 of 67)

Yay!! Congratulations Sally!


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Heather's picture

(post #52200, reply #3 of 67)

Congratulations!! Of course there was no doubt that this country would welcome you as a citizen! I'm impressed that the agent had read through your research.

Our swearing-in was in a huge hotel ballroom with many, many hundreds of other new citizens. I hope yours will be a little more intimate.

evelyn's picture

(post #52200, reply #4 of 67)

Bravo, Sally, <applauding>

I'll be all over you your next elections!LOL

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Marcia's picture

(post #52200, reply #5 of 67)

Congratulations, Sally! Like Heather, I am impressed that the agent read through your research.

roz's picture

(post #52200, reply #6 of 67)

Congratulations Sally! And by the way, a heartfelt thank you from me for becoming a US citizen, you have given much!

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msm-s's picture

(post #52200, reply #7 of 67)

Wow, congratulations! You've worked so hard at this.
"Welcome" ;-)

Gretchen's picture

(post #52200, reply #8 of 67)

Well, we are all happy for you--AND our country. We deserve to have you!!  I think it could be an interesting and perhaps "difficult" decision--but you aren't giving up your heritage in the least, and are enriching ours. Congratulations.

Gretchen

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kathymcmo's picture

(post #52200, reply #9 of 67)

Wooo-hoooo!


Congratulations! I am so happy for you and so pleased that the person giving you the exam actually took the time to learn about your many accomplishments. We are lucky to have you become a citizen.


What a happy day.

Sondra's picture

(post #52200, reply #10 of 67)

Sally, congratulations!  And, may I say, I have always felt like you were one of our finest upstanding citizens.  Now it's just official!


Citizenship and bread baker extraordinaire, wow.  You are somethin' else.

Adele's picture

(post #52200, reply #11 of 67)

Yeah!  I am so very happy for you...and you get Obama's signature on the certificate!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

chiquiNO's picture

(post #52200, reply #12 of 67)

YEAH!!!!!!!MAJOR CONGRATS!!!!!!

 

 

Jillsifer's picture

(post #52200, reply #13 of 67)

Congratulations, Sally!

 


 


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AnnL's picture

(post #52200, reply #14 of 67)

Congratulations, Sally!!!  :-)

Ann
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"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Jean's picture

(post #52200, reply #15 of 67)

Well, you're making my eyes leak down my cheeks, are you happy??


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soupereasy's picture

(post #52200, reply #16 of 67)

Congratulations! Welcome! :)

dorcast's picture

(post #52200, reply #17 of 67)

Congrats and welcome!

I'm very impressed with your agent, glad you had such a nice experience.

Canuck's picture

(post #52200, reply #18 of 67)

Congratulations!

Gary's picture

(post #52200, reply #19 of 67)

Outstanding!! Congratulations and welcome.

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Carole4's picture

(post #52200, reply #20 of 67)

Whoo, hoo!!! The swearing in ceremony is awesome. I took a class of 5th graders in Cleveland to witness one. It was held at the Federal Court Building. We then got to visit one of the courtrooms and ask questions of a Federal Judge. The kids were really impressed.

You did well, girl!

SallyBR1's picture

(post #52200, reply #21 of 67)

Thank you so much!

I am also in awe with that agent, I just heard from a friend of mine, her boss went through the interview a couple of weeks ago in New York. She waited for 2 hours, the agent was absolutely nasty, her overall experience very unpleasant.

maybe there are some advantages in living in a small town... :-)
whatever the case, I was shocked that he took the time to read my file.

Now if only I could land in this planet and do some work.... (sigh)

 


 


The garbage disposal is your friend. Treat it nicely.


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MadMom's picture

(post #52200, reply #23 of 67)

I've heard horror stories about immigration agents, like the one who told my daughter that she hoped she would enjoy being a single mother, because her husband and father of the baby-to-be was going to be deported.  (A call to the local congressman got that one straightened out!)  Or, the man who interviewed another Irishman who showed up with his American citizen wife and two American citizen children and was asked whether he was serious about staying in the country!


Didn't want to scare you before your meeting, but sounds like you got a wonderful one.  I'm impressed that he took the time to read your initial application, and it sounds like he even understood some of it...not so sure I would have!




Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!
BossHog's picture

(post #52200, reply #28 of 67)

Congrats, and thanks fer letting us know.

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mer's picture

(post #52200, reply #40 of 67)

YEA!!!!!!! Congratulations!!!! I have been thinking about you today. We are lucky to have you as a new citizen. :)

KarenP's picture

(post #52200, reply #41 of 67)

  Congratulations Sally!  We're lucky to have you!

assibams's picture

(post #52200, reply #22 of 67)

YAY SALLY!!!!!!!


Of course I had no doubt whatsoever that your naturalization process would be easy-peasy for you :-)



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wonka's picture

(post #52200, reply #24 of 67)

Whoohoo! Congratulations Sally.

DJHinAZ's picture

(post #52200, reply #25 of 67)

Fantastic news! Congratulations!!!!

I'm really impressed you were able to go the route of "outstanding merit" in research. A friend of mine tried to go that route and kept running into problems/brick walls. So that's really terrific! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

knitpik's picture

(post #52200, reply #26 of 67)

Congratulations Sally!!!

smslaw's picture

(post #52200, reply #27 of 67)

Congratulations, Sally! Now, when you win the Nobel Prize, the whole country can bask in your reflected glory.