U.S. Citizen

I became U.S. citizen today.


After living in California for the last 10 years (not counting the close to 1 year total time I actually spent outside of the US during that time frame), it seemed normal to me to apply for citizenship. I did that 4 months ago and the process went very smoothly ending by the Oath ceremony today in Saratoga.

For those interested in dates:

  • 07/07/1999: Entered the USA on a J1 visa
  • 07/2000: Transferred to an H1B visa
  • 06/2003: Received letter I had been selected to apply for a green card through the diversity visa lottery.
  • 07/2003: Second H1B visa
  • 06/14/2004: Green card application accepted (I had a very high number so it took a while for it to become eligible. In a better (or worst depending how you look at it) year, I might never have become eligible)
  • 04/15/2009: Applied for naturalization
  • 06/06/2009: Fingerprinting
  • 07/29/2009: Interview and questions
  • 08/20/2009: U.S. Citizen