WORCESTER, Mass. - It's a long path to citizenship, but for 50 people, that day has finally come.
"This country provided me with so much more than I would ever dream back in Poland. It's going to make me cry. But just a very happy moment in life," said Kinga Bradbury, a new U.S. citizen.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services presented 50 citizenship candidates to U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Each took the Oath of Allegiance to America during the naturalization ceremony at the Worcester Art Museum.
"I've got family, I'm married to a U.S. citizen. I have all my retirement, my savings - my career was basically done here," said Juan Baena.
The naturalization ceremony is the last step of the process, which includes the naturalization test about civics and law in the U.S. New citizens must also have lived in the U.S. for at least five years and be able to read, write and speak basic English.
The 50 citizenship candidates originate from 23 countries: Brazil, Canada, China, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Iran, Jamaica, Kenya, Korea, Lebanon, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Thailand, United Kingdom, Uruguay, and Colombia.
New citizens expressed their excitement of finally being able to vote.
All of the new citizens now reside in Massachusetts, which is one of the 10 leading states where naturalized citizens live.
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