I Have Been Naturalized - I Am Now an American Citizen

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Corinne Guest, REALTOR® | Barrington Realty Company License: 471.000044

Many may have seen this on Facebook and on Sally K. & David L. Hanson post. On January 29th 2019 I became an American Citizen.

My husband, myself and our two sons have lived in the USA since 1996. 22 years later it was time to become a citizen. Time because we consider this our home. Time because I'll never leave and wanted to become an integral part of the USA. I want to be able to vote, I am happy to serve on a jury. I have the right to serve as a government member but that's not my intent. Time because my green card was expiring in October 2019 and would have to renew which is a bit of a process and cost.

So in May 2018 three of us submitted our request to become citizens. My eldest son had just renewed his green card for 10 years and says he wants to remain a UK citizen. (His choice). A month later we all had biometrics re-done, son and hubby a day ahead of me. Then we waited. In December we got letters of appointment for interviews in Chicago, all same day and time. Luckily eldest son could look after my Golden Retrievers with his girlfriend.

On January 10th we went downtown and completed the interviews and civics tests. Three days later I got my ceremony invite. January 29th 2019 at 1pm, again in Chicago. My hubby and son have not had their invites! This is making my hubby just a little jealous, actually a lot. Our son looked after doggies and my hubby came with me to Chicago. He is in final stages of recovering from some major surgery but wanted to come with. It was a good test of stamina as is set to go back to work next week. 

USA Citizenship provides freedom

My ceremony started at 2pm, after an hours worth of organizing everyone, which was extremely well orchestrated. (Clearly they've done this before!) There were 137 of us from many nations. We sang The Star Spangled Banner. We watched a video, listened to an address. Then we took our Oath of Allegiance to become citizens. After that we listened to Mr President, welcoming us to the USA as new citizens. We sand God Bless America, one of my fave songs. Lastly we spoke the Allegiance to The Flag and USA. (Yes different). Now it was time to present 137 certificates. Finally everyone congratulated those around and we were released into our new country of citizenship.

I can still retain my UK citizenship as well. Having lived and worked their for so long, I will be drawing my social security from there too! It's my right based on years of contribution.

My husband and son anxiously await the mail everyday, hoping to get their letters soon. It does make it a little hard on Jon, he travels alot for work and cannot book any trips until he knows what date his ceremony is. It's not something you want to miss. Miss it twice and you have to start over and pay again. For me, I can now apply for a passport, I have already registered to vote, watch out USA! I am joking that I shall be the swing vote.

I will always remember January 29th 2019. My naturalization day! OK back to work!

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Corinne Guest

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Barrington Realty Company

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Wow congrats! 

Jan 31, 2019 08:07 AM #1
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WELCOME !  WELCOME ! WELCOME !

Jan 31, 2019 08:10 AM #2
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Corinne,

Welcome, congratulations.  I understand that these days you can maintain dual citizenship.  I have friends who have both their UK passports and their US passports.  A

Jan 31, 2019 08:14 AM #3
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Good morning Corrine and congratulations again. Sounds like a meaningful and moving experience for you. I wondered where you were from originally and now I know. :)  

Jan 31, 2019 08:22 AM #4
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Hello and Congratulations again, Corinne - Ahh yes, the swing vote.

Jan 31, 2019 08:50 AM #5
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Congratulations Corrine! That must feel fantastic to feel "at home" now after living here so long. Now you have the right and privilege to make a difference in voting which is something that many citizens take for granted. 

I had no idea of the process and didn't realize it was that involved. I hope that your son and hubby hear something soon.

Jan 31, 2019 09:54 AM #6
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Welcome Corinne Guest congratulations for becoming an American Citizen.

Jan 31, 2019 04:17 PM #7
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John Pusa thankyou!

Jan 31, 2019 04:30 PM #8
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Congratulations!  I've never been to one of the ceremonies, but Liz and I were playing tourist in Boston years ago just as a crowd of people came out of Fanueil Hall waving small flags, fresh from being naturalized.  VERY cool!  Bill

Jan 31, 2019 04:53 PM #9
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Congrats to you and your family, I hope their letters will come soon and they will get to attend the ceremony as you did!

Feb 01, 2019 05:01 AM #10
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Liz and Bill Spear thankyou very much. I hope to attend another this time as a family member.

Feb 01, 2019 05:29 AM #11
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Brian England yrs I do too and would like to attend theirs as well.

Feb 01, 2019 05:30 AM #12
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Good morning, Corinne Guest congratulations....and I just saw this on Brian England 's blog.... I'm so happy for you and for your husband, too.... such an exciting time for your whole family....

Feb 02, 2019 04:07 AM #13
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Good morning - congratulations on becoming a US Citizen.

Feb 02, 2019 08:38 AM #14
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Corinne Guest - Congratulations!!!! Your family is very busy these days and I love that you share the same goal to celebrate each others citizenship! I never realized the process involved and now it makes me appreciate what my Grandparents had to go through before I was born. I wish the Media would film the new ceremonies on television for all to see what they are missing or didn't know - at the very least, on their local stations. It would give us all a better sense of diversity and appreciate the happy celebrations. 

Again, my sincerest congratulations!!!

Feb 03, 2019 07:18 AM #15
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Congrats, Corinne! That is exciting news!!

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So Happy for you and your Family!

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