On Thursday I had my naturalization ceremony. I am now officially an American Citizen. I even have my citizenship certificate with a very crappy picture to prove it. The whole ceremony was a trip.Think high school graduation + 4th of July (on steroids) = Naturalization Ceremony. There were 2000 of us getting our citizenship plus a bunch of family and guests. My favorite part was when they read all the names of the countries that were being represented and asked people to stand up. There were over 100 countries. Most of the people were from India, Mexico and Vietnam. When the Canadians stood up the audience went hysterical. Finally those Canadians became Americans.
The rest were speeches and songs and taking oaths. I got a packet with a letter from Bush, how about that?! We also had to watch a movie of Bush welcoming us into the U.S and stating over and over again that this was the most important day of our lives and we had to remember this day as a "rebirth into the greatest country in the world." I'm not into all the patriotism stuff. I'm also not super patriotic towards Brazil, so don't be offended. I am, however, thankful that I get to have dual citizenship. I am also really happy that the whole process is over. My parents, on the other hand, were very emotional. I guess only they know how much they sacrificed and worked so that this day would come. The next day I sent off the petition for my mom so that she can become a resident. The whole process should take 6 months. Hopefully by next summer my mom will be here. For siblings it takes 10 years, so I'm putting that off.
At night we had a big potluck party. Everyone brought their favorite American dish. It was super fun and yummy.
Next time you see Jake Lipman give him a BIG hug for being the best immigration lawyer in the world and helping us every step of the way.