Posted by: Author | November 18, 2011

Friday Facts- November 18, 2011- Naturalization

Naturalization is the process whereby a foreign national can become a United States Citizen. The requirements are that the person has to have legally resided in the United States for five years, or if the candidate for citizenship is married to a U.S. citizen, he or she has to have lived here for at least three years. There are also some special rules for those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.  There is also a test that the candidate must take.  I wonder how many of us that are born here could pass that test? I shudder to think. 

Anyway, today, I will be at our local ceremony where we will welcome 73 new citizens to our area. I’m proud to be a representative of my country and invited guest.  The oath always brings chillbumps to my skin.  I love this country and I think it’s wonderful that these new citizens will be welcomed in the week before our national holiday of Thanksgiving.


  1. I agree. To become a citizen a week before Thanksgiving is fantastic. My aunt, from South Korea, became a citizen thirty years ago. From what I understand, it was a tough test, but she did it and went on to live the “American Dream”.

    • Good for her. I’ve heard you talk about her and I think it’s great that she be are a citizen

  2. Traveling to other countries gives me a renewed appreciation for our country. Even with all it’s warts I haven’t seen anything to equal it. And, people who choose to become citizens know and love it and unlike I sometimes fall into, don’t take all it offers for granted.

    Great post, and great timing to take this story in for Thanksgiving.

    • You’re absolutely right Lavada. We do have the best country on Earth and we do sometimes take it for granted. I try not to but we all fall into that trap on occasion.

  3. That has got to be really interesting to be a guest at. I went out and looked at the oath. Makes me feel patriotic. 🙂

    • I was going to post the oath but as usual, was in a rush. I’m glad you took the time to find it. It’s quite powerful. Brings tears to my eyes every time.

  4. One of our teacher assistants took the oath several years back and we had a celebration for her at school. It was amazing. She’s from Mexico and is a gift, an asset to this country.


    • I live that you all celebrated with her. How wonderful. And so great that she’s contributing so much to her new homeland.

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