Saturday, April 11, 2015

Citizenship

Yesterday was one of the most important days for me - I got sworn in being a citizen of the United States of America! Just like that, after years and years (almost nine years to be exact) of paperwork, my journey of a permanent resident ended and my journey of a U.S. citizen began. Before I go into how happy I am to hold this new status, I would like to thank all the people who helped on throughout my journey. It is amazing how many people were placed into my life to help me during different times and phases. Thank you very much, everyone! I would not have gotten to where I am without your support and help!

The day of my ceremony was full of excitement, planned events and surprises. Early in the morning, my roommate and I got breakfast at our favorite cafe in Brooklyn and headed over to the US Eastern District Court in Brooklyn where the ceremony was held.
{Me taking my last steps as a permanent resident}

Once we got to the venue, we were separated, as friends and family were not allowed into the room with the people getting sworn in. 

The preparation for the ceremony took a very long time (around 3.5 hours) and once all the paperwork was straightened out, the main door of the Courtroom opened and in came the friends and family. I saw the familiar faces of my boss and my roommate and at that moment everything became just more real. About 20 minutes after, the Courtroom was filled with about 200 new U.S. citizens.




In the evening, I was supposed to meet up with my team to have a little celebration. To my huge surprise, the whole company was awaiting for me at the bar to congratulate me with becoming a citizen! Flowers, food and drinks were included. 

{Please note my American flag t-shirt, bought specifically for this occasion}



Thank you very much to everyone for making this day so special!

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