I know I owed you guys some more info on becoming an American citizen, so here it is (finally!).
Last week, amid group projects and midterms, I received a letter from the Department of Homeland Security asking me to attend the Oath Ceremony to finally be sworn as an American citizen. The ceremony will take place on November 12 at 8:30AM. I still need to find out how to get to the location, but I still have some time.
I am not 100% sure what happens from here. I believe you have to repeat the oath, but I don’t know if they give you a piece of paper stating you are a citizen or if you then have to apply for more paperwork such as the passport document.
Regardless, this has been a LONG journey. I first applied for an authorization to work in the U.S. back in 2005. from then on I had to fill out numerous forms and pay several fees to show that I am indeed serious about pledging allegiance to the U.S. November 12th will definitely be an emotional day. Even though I was born in Brazil, I have been very welcomed in the U.S. and enjoy living here despite being away from all my family and Brazilian friends.
God Bless America!