Yesterday, was a big day. We celebrated hubby’s 35th birthday and my swearing-in as an American citizen. I still can’t believe it. I am an American citizen. Little Susi G., as the old gossips in my hometown, would say. All the way from middle-of-nowhere Germany to Boca Raton, Florida… U.S.A.!!!
91 people from 35 different countries, like Albania, Argentina, Chile, Columbia, France, Iran, Bangladesh to name just a few, were sworn in at the USCIS center in Royal Palm Beach with me. I was the only German.
After living here for 16 years and being very happy in my adopted home country, I finally took the last step. I passed the citizenship test back in December and was eagerly awaiting the letter telling me the day when I would swear the Oath of Allegiance.
After saying these words, I officially became a naturalized American citizen.
I was finally able to pledge my allegiance to the flag. (As a legal alien resident, but non-citizen, you are not supposed to pledge to the flag.)
It was a short, but for me, emotional ceremony. I had to hold back tears many times. But in the end I had a huge smile on my face. I did it. It’s official.
I am an American citizen!!!
I’m excited I get to vote now and to carry a blue (my favorite color), not red passport. I will apply for that as soon as possible.