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I take the U.S. Citizenship Oath

April 22nd, 2018 | by Annie
I take the U.S. Citizenship Oath
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This week I became a U.S. Citizen!

In case you just joined us I’ll fill you in on where I’m originally from. Ireland. Yes, I’m from the island immediately next door to the United Kingdom known as Ireland. The land of story telling, St. Patrick and Guinness. I can assure you there are no snakes there either as I hate snakes! Anyway I met my lovely husband in Dublin as he was touring the Irish countryside with his brothers. I was smitten the minute I met him and after several long distance dates including New York and California, I decided to ask him to move to Ireland where he’d get to know my family and friends as well as our culture. Well about six months later we were engaged and a few months after that we were married in St. Mary’s Star of the Sea in Sandymount, Dublin. The church was built in 1850 and is absolutely beautiful. We were married by an Irish priest who spent time in America and knew my husband’s family. The wedding reception was held on a gorgeous golf course in a new hotel which happened to be far outside Dublin but closer to my family members. The “wedding afters” was really good craic with friends and family singing and making funny proclamations. Yes it was quite memorable!

So I came to America two years later with my husband and we filed with the USCIS to get my green card. Four months later I received my 10 year card. I’ve been in California for almost seven years and decided it was time to apply for my U.S. citizenship. I mailed off the paperwork late December 2017 and in the last week of March was called in to meet with USCIS in person to take my citizenship test and while I was quite nervous I was happy to have passed with flying colors! They then sent me a invitation in the mail to meet at the Los Angeles Convention Center on April 17 to take the oath of U.S. citizenship and received my naturalization certificate. The ceremony included a sitting judge who approved all 3,500 new candidates for citizenship and asked us to take the oath. We also said the Pledge of Allegiance and sang America the Beautiful, followed by a heartfelt message from President Trump and a video montage of America with music by Lee Greenwood.

I’ve arranged time this week to take photos and apply for my U.S. passport. It’s a very happy time in my life and I thought I’d share a few photos from the ceremony. I didn’t want to bore you with all the details of what is required but if you have any questions about becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen you can send me a note and I’ll be more than happy to help with things you need to know.

https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/find-uscis-office/field-offices/california-santa-ana-field-office
https://www.lacclink.com/
http://www.stmarysstaroftheseasandymount.com/our-history.html

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