Thursday, June 14, 2007

Official American

This morning, at the Miami Convention Center, my daughter in law was one of 3,000 people who swore the Oath of Allegiance to the United States, becoming full fledged American citizens. Actually, she was one of 6,000 people, because there was to be a second ceremony beginning at 1:00 p.m.!

We had no idea what to expect when we headed toward the convention center at 7:15 this morning. Within a block of the place, we could already see the masses of people and cars cramming the surrounding sidewalks and roadways. None of us handle crowds very well, and it was little disconcerting when the security guards abruptly separated us into two lines, sending Nantana off on her own before we had an opportunity to settle on a meeting place or exit strategy. With a lot of neck craning, we managed to catch of glimpse of her as she entered the convention center, so we at least had an idea where she was seated.
The ceremony itself was very nice, and included a video presentation called "The Faces of America," a photo montage portraying immigrants throught the country's history, comments from the national Secretary of Immigration, and, of course, the mass swearing of the Oath.

I was particularly interested in the "roll call" of nations being represented. As each applicants country of origin was read, they were to stand and remain standing. Of course, since we were in Miami, the great majority of new citizens came from Cuba and The Dominican Republic. But, there were also at least 50 other countries represented as well.

For Nantana, this brings an end to almost nine years of dealing with the INS, a process she and Brian began back in 1998 when they applied for her K-1 visa (or "fiancee's visa" as it's also called!) They've spent lots of time and money making sure they followed all the proper procedures and did everything correctly. When she decided to apply for citizenship, she did all the research, studied hard, and scored a perfect score on every test. That's the kind of woman she is - she gives her best effort to everything she does, and she gets things done the way they should be. She deserves every right and privelge associated with being an American citizen. This country is lucky to have her - and so is our family!

Congratulations, Nantana :)



Blogger jzr said...

Congratulations to Nantana! We should all be proud and welcome her!

Blogger Star said...

Woohoo! A win-win situation for all concerned.

Enjoy your time together :)

Blogger Ally Bean said...

A perfect score? Wow. Welcome new, smart American. How cool.

Blogger Lotus Reads said...

COngratulations to Nantana! I know exactly how she might have felt. We became citizens of Canada last November, it was a very special day.

Bloghopping from Gautami's!

Blogger Bohemian Mom said...

This is fabulous news!
Congratulations Nantana!
She sounds like a wonderful girl and a blessing to the U.S.
I am happy for your whole family.

Anonymous bella said...

Congrats to Nantana! It really is a wonderful thing when you get to see a loved one become a US citizen. I'm so happy she passed with flying colors and that all that waiting is finally done!

Blogger paris parfait said...

Congratulations to Nantana! America is lucky to have such a smart, wonderful woman! What a lovely family photo.

Blogger Tammy said...

How touching it was to read how important this was to her. She is a wonderful example of an American! Congrats Nantana.

Blogger Tori said...

Congratulations to your daughter in law. I am truly moved by these ceremonies. We are blessed to have this new citizen!
Thanks for sharing Becca!!!

Blogger Patry Francis said...

That's one beaming and beautiful new American. Congratulations to you all!

Blogger Annie said...

When my daughter in law was a young girl, she and her family left their home in Tajikistan and moved to the U.S. She now is an American citizen.

What a wonderful celebration for you and your family. Congratulations to Nantana and your son.


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