Congrats! I know the system is so difficult to navigate, but you made it through!! I’m happy for you
Yes, not a walk in park. It took 17 years! Doesn’t even feel real
7 down! Thanks for posting this is my motivation! Congratulations I wish you the best!
I posted this above, but if there is anyone here who is not yet an American citizen, I've been building a dashboard that parses government disclosures to track which companies provide the most H1B visas by state.
Some of my most talented friends at college are foreigners, but they still have a much harder time finding work because of how difficult it can be to find places offering visas.
Oh yes! When I applied for college I had to do it as an international student, had not gotten my green card yet. And while in school, so many incredible artist came from all over and not just artist. We need more!!
Congratulations and my sincerest condolences
Thank you so much!! :) and I am so excited
Thanks! There is some wonderful people here I wish I would have known about all of Reddit sooner. Glad I am here and I will use anything that can help I just hope someday I can return the favor.
If you wanna get an H1B I recommend trying to find a job for a University. No quotas!
Edit: Also wanted to add: Nice fucking dashboards!
Aw thanks! And oh I remember when I saw things like this thinking man when will it be my turn? But it comes, it’s hard, expensive and depending on who is in the White House it can be nerve wracking. But it gets so much better!! Keep going, being here, living, working is what makes this country great
Took me until I was 21, moved here at the age of 5.
Don't ever give up.
One of the most beautiful parts of this is that you get to choice to become a citizen. Many Americans are born with it, but yours will be sweeter due to having fought for it.
Waiting for 15 years now. I hope 17 will be the magic number for me too.
Yes!! Me too! Keep going strong, and hopefully this administration will make it easier.
Got mine 3 months ago (same exact center as OP 😁) after 16 years. Waited a year and a half between my final interview and the ceremony. I almost lost hope so many times. Hang in there!
if you don't mind me asking, i genuinely have no idea how any of this works. how can one manage to actually stay in the US (16-17years) waiting for citizenship? i guess I'm wondering how visas work? unless there's something else you qualify for long-term. that's so long to wait!
Visas almost universally work on a "As long as you still qualify" basis. So work visas will be extended while you have work, student visas while you're a student, and so on. As long as you qualify for the conditions in a given visa, you should most likely get an extension.
Of course if you lose your job, then finding another that is both willing, and able to provide the requisite work visa is going to be ..somewhat of a challenge, with a hard deadline set on the date your visa should haven been renewed.
Hence you get schemes like marrying a local, or workplaces that shamelessly exploit people on work visas, as they know they can often get away with it (and for those going the marriage route, those are generally quite closed off in most countries at this point in time).
Obviously I can only speak for my own experience, but yeah, pretty much what u/Vcent said. You have to keep renewing/applying for different Visas depending on your work/circumstances, as Visas are usually relatively short-term (ranging from a few months to a couple of years). You can apply in the meantime for permanent residency/green card. Once you have permanent residency, you are good to stay in the US indefinitely but don't have the full rights of a citizen. After 5 years of permanent residency (or 3 if you are married to a US citizen I think), you can finally apply for citizenship, which can take a few months to a couple more years to get.
17 years! Wow.
Yeah, it’s been a while. So thankful it’s over. I feel like Frodo on mount doom
Well, You're an American. You now possess a feeling that those born here will never have. That feeling must be powerful.
It’s unreal that you had to wait that long, it should be 5 years at most
When I was in the military I served with at least 3 sailors who were not US citizens. One got his citizenship after he made chief (15 years in uniform), the other 2 were still junior sailors, but hardworking and kept their noses clean.
In my humble opinion, you serve 4 years in the military and you should be granted citizenship, and so should any kids that live with you (should be an expedited path for military spouses but maybe not instant-I could probably be convinced spouses should get citizenship too).
I agree, as someone who has never served. I can’t image serving and still being deported. If anyone wants to ruin their night, go watch immigration nation on Netflix, this poor veteran got his green card taken away and deported. I mean I am so glad that I’m here and I definitely deserve to be here, but that man deserves to be here more.
I can relate. Several guys I deployed with were non-citizens. And what royally chaps my ass is one of them was deported 2 years ago without breaking any laws- and he was an official citizen at the time! Our system is royally jacked!
It's usually for my employees
F-1 (School Visa) OTP (12 Months) Longer if you are STEM
H1-B (3 years)
H1-B v2 (3 Years)
GREEN Card Non Chinese/Indian (2-4) years Chinese/Indian (5-10) Years (Green Card)
Oh it’s a long time, and I was lucky than it was under 2 decades. Some people take much longer, it’s hard and expensive!
Became a citizen myself in September of last year. Amazing feeling! Congrats
Amazing!!!!! Yes, I am on cloud nine. So excited! Can’t wait to vote, get that blue passport!! And after Covid be able to travel anywhere!!!!
Sounds exciting! Plenty of great places to see!
Congrats, it must have been hard
It was a long road for sure, I am incredibly lucky
YAY!!!!! I’m still not an American but I’ll join you soon boo!!
Can't wait for you to join us! Hope the process goes quickly and smoothly for you
Congratulations and welcome home!!!
Thank you so much! I am so glad to finally call this place my home
the way you said welcome "home":'') take my free silver award
Oh thank you so much! 😀 It’s not perfect but I’m proud that anyone can be a part of it. As some others have quoted, “Americans are born all over the world, they just all haven’t come home yet”
Congratulations! My wife was approved for her green card today!
Congrats to you both. It's an amazing feeling when that green card arrives 🙌
Welcome home, we’re glad you’re here.
woah congrats! also:
Thank you!!! And yes that’s my pupper, I needed his cuteness with me today
They say Americans are born all over the world; it just takes a while for them to come home. Congratulations!
Yes for sure :) 9 to be here, 17 to be a reality! So glad
17 years! I commend you for staying true to your goal all that time. You must have had at least a few rocky roads in that time.
What country did you have citizenship before?
I am from Colombia originally
you'll hijack ANY thread and you know that you're doing it
Now that's been deleted, I'm so curious what it was.
It said now vote blue to turn your country back into the one you came from
I love this saying
Even though I am not American, I am proud to call myself an American citizen! My parents were refugees and has since become very successful since coming here. This country takes true ambition to succeed! Though initially life here may be insipid as a result of hard-working ambition (and college), it sure will pay off in the long run! I may be the first person in my family to go to American college, which is really a good thing for success
Mate, if your an American citizen, your one of us Americans, don’t matter what skin color or accent you have your an American
If you are an American citizen you are an American. Even if you weren't a citizen you could still be an American.
As a non-american this is slightly terrifying
OooOooOoOo ooga booga!
You can officially say you know more about the US and our history than people born here. If I remember correctly they quiz you like crazy.
I went to my interview on Jan 4, the officer asked me 4 questions out of the 100 they give you to study. Then told me to read a sentence and then to write a sentence. Got all of them right and he said to me "questions are really easy right?" Then he just told me you will get an appointment to take the oath, which i did 2 weeks ago.
Anyone know if there are practice quizzes online? I'm American but I'm curious how I'd do haha.
There are free apps in app store that are super easy to navigate. I think that they are called Citizenship questions, but not sure, I deleted mine. Have fun :)
Thank you so much!!! I’m over the moon
Congratulations! You got a dog themed mask so I think you fit right in lol
my citizenship oath was supposed to be this past friday on the 19th
sadly because of the massive ice storm debacle here in texas.
the entire building had no power all week.. I should be rescheduled for mid march.
I am very exicted!!
Thank you so much!!!! It’s a huge relief
Congratulations!! Welcome to the shit show
Haha the past administration was worse. At least now I can vote!
Please try to vote in every election, especially the small, local ones! Change begins from home.
If only Americans realized this. Congrats, I know it's not an easy task.
I love the positivity! At least we know things are improving. In sincerity, though, welcome!
My wife has had her permanent residency for two years, we're getting there! The whole process has made me realize, as a natural born American, that the best Americans often aren't from here, you already have had to deal with the government more than most of us ever will. I just think it makes you more invested, that you actually have to give a shit about it all.
As OP’s husband, I totally agree! (also a natural born citizen myself).
Aw thank you so much! And congrats on the green card, that’s a hard one to get. Yes, it is a long and pricey process. But keep at it, it will be so worth it at the end. It’s hard to appreciate what you have for granted, I am so excited to start my life as a citizen! And I can’t wait for more like your wife :) hopefully future generations won’t have such a hard time
Congrats! Great day for you!
Thank you!!! Yes the best!!! :)
Welcome to the United States of America!
Thank you!!! So proud to finally say I’m home
Ah yes. Sorry in advance.
YES! These always make me so happy. The U.S. is made great by the diversity of peoples within us. So many different nationalities, backgrounds, religions, everything. I'm so proud to be able to share this country with you now. Congratulations!
Welcome to our mess, we hope you enjoy it
Thank you! I have been a part of the mess, and now I can enjoy the perks
Aw yeah that's the good stuff. Immigrants built this country and they're our greatest resource.
Congratulations!!! So happy for you!!
Congrats ! Took me 7 years and 1 month for my brother because he joined military(Automatic citizen)
Congrats! Hope you have and will continue to enjoy the U.S.
Congratulations! I still remember the day my father became an American citizen. One of the proudest days of his life. Celebrate!!
Woooot! Congrats. I became a citizen last year and it was such a great experience, and the ceremony was very moving too.
Love the mask!
I'm very happy for you, congratulations!
Congratulations! So happy for you and proud to a part of our country when I see people like you finally become citizens. May you and your future generations always find a home and success here!
Hell yeah. What type of things helped you study correctly? In the process atm
Congrats and tell us about your dog.
Thank you!!! And oh I am only obsessed with him, if u go to my page you will see. And also if you go to incorgnito or beagle you will also see him. He is a beagle corgi, named Gimli. He is a chunk, rowdy and just the sweetest pupper
Congrats! This made me smile :)
That’s amazing where are u coming from?
Thank you so much! And I am from Colombia
That’s so amazing welcome aboard where happy to have u!
Congrats on your citizenship.
Congratulations! Proud of you!
Congratulations. Love the pupper mask.
Two upvotes as a son of immigrants and a beagle owner 😄 congratulations!
Yay! That’s awesome!
Congratulations and cute mask!
Welcome to the club.
Ayyy welcome home!
Glad you made it!
congrats- we’re happy to have you :D
Welcome home, sister!
Congrats! I have a similar big run ahead of me. Where are you from?
Hooray, good for you.
Congratulations! America is lucky to have you!
Congrats and welcome!!
Ayyyyy!!!! Burger and Beer ASAP! 🤙
Congratulations, American sister! I am sure that it was a lot of work to become a citizen. I am happy you stuck with it.
Congratulations, I am happy you are here❤️!
Congrats! What typical American thing are you planning to do to celebrate?
Well I always thought I would have a party but Covid is here. Although I live in Florida, so that doesn’t stop a lot of people here. But eventually I hope to have an American party all red, white and blue. Get a henna tattoo of an eagle, with the constitution in one claw, an AR 15 and bacon on the other, with Stephen Colbert riding it. Is that American enough ?
Get a henna tattoo of an eagle, with the constitution in one claw, an AR 15 and bacon on the other, with Stephen Colbert riding it. Is that American enough ?
Get a henna tattoo of an eagle, with the constitution in one claw, an AR 15 and bacon on the other, with Stephen Colbert riding it. Is that American enough ?
That's glorious! You'd better post it if you do! Seriously, congrats. People like you are what makes us great.
Congratulations!! I don’t fully know the American system but that’s amazing!
Thank you!!! And oh nobody really does lol. I just know my process
Congrats! How hard was the test?
Thank you!!!! The test isn’t hard, just have to study the questions. You wouldn’t just know them without looking them up. But I also was lucky to take it before the new immigration policies came into place. So anyone taking the test after December 1 2020, will have a different experience
Congratulations, I hope you're able to continue following your dreams and aspirations.
Aw thank you so much!!! That means a lot :) I am so excited
Thank you so much!!!! It’s a dream come true
Welcome!!! We are so honored and happy to have you here!
Thank you so much!! People like you is what make this country wonderful
I disagree — people like YOU are what make this country wonderful. We are a nation made richer by our immigrants.
Congratulations, what a wonderful way to start your week.
Thank you!!! And yes!!! Honestly what a blessing
And I’m ashamed to say.. I stalked your posts and I love your Birb and Doggo. Amazing additions to our country all around. ❤️🇺🇸✊🏽
.. and your husband and a good addition I guess
Congrats! How was the process? I've been thinking of applying for my citizenship as well :)
Welcome to our little experiment :)
Congrats!! The org I work for helps immigrants on their journeys to achieving citizenship, so I know how lengthy and expensive this process can be! Immigrants are what make America great!
Welcome to the United States, best of luck to you!
Welcome home, friend.
Congratulations! I'm sure you have put in a ton of hard work and patience!
Thank you so much!!! And yes, it’s been a long time. Most of my life, and I am just so happy
Congratulations! So glad to have you!
Congratulations!! And also, that's a pretty neat mask.
You poor soul...
Congrats! Awesome mask!
I wish you luck in the Hunger Games. May the odds be ever in your favour.
THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE
Congratulations! In spite of what the media may portray it is still worth all the hard work you have put into achieving this goal, Welcome!
Welcome home at last!
I cant wait to be one!!
Welcome! Congrats for passing a super hard test!
Thank you!!!! And In reality the test was the easiest part
Congratulations... be proud of yourself, be a proud American 😁
Welcome!!! Make sure you vote, I don't care who you vote for, just vote!!! We are stronger because you are here!
Congratulations fellow American! Be the best you can be and take/show your pride in what you do.
Congratulations! Welcome to the family
Aww welcome to America from florida
Congrats from the UK. I hope to achieve what you have achieved, one day. Enjoy your celebrations!