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After medical emergency Florida man becomes citizen

While many would likely say that the road to United States citizenship can be a long and twisted, for one Florida man it was even longer than normal. His final interview had to be postponed after he suffered a medical emergency right before it was originally scheduled to take place.

The 76-year-old man, originally from Haiti, collapsed and stopped breathing. Two immigration officers performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation and got the man breathing before the ambulance arrived to take him to the hospital. Once there he underwent surgery and spent more than a week recuperating.

The new citizen arrived in Miami via boat more than three decades ago. After being granted asylum, he worked a variety of jobs both in Florida as well as New Jersey. After all of his children became citizens and his family in Haiti died, he decided to become a citizen himself. Among other things, he is excited to cast a vote in an election.

This week the man finished what he started and took the oath of citizenship. The same day he also met one of the men who saved his life. Upon meeting his hero the now new citizen expressed his gratitude to the Good Samaritan.

Though the path to citizenship in the US is not always easy or clear, for many, like this man, it is worth it. When questions regarding the process arise, most find it beneficial to work with an immigration attorney. Such an individual is usually best positioned to address any issues that might arise.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, “He's happy to be alive – and a U.S. citizen,” Susan Jacobson, June 27, 2014

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