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Professional baseball player becomes U.S. citizen

In our last two posts we have focused on the requirements of United States citizenship as well as what to expect of the citizenship test. In this post we will focus on one resident of Florida who recently made it through the process. Baseball player Jose Fernandez recently became a U.S. citizen.

The pitcher for the Miami Marlins took the oath earlier this month. The 22-year-old moved to Florida in 2008 as a teenager. He was drafted by the Marlins out of high school as a first-round draft pick in 2011. He is originally from Cuba.

A total of 140 other individuals became citizens when he did and he served as keynote speaker. In his speech he expressed his appreciation to the country for providing him the opportunity to learn English, get an education and become a professional baseball player.

While the other new citizens might not be able to boast about being a part of a professional baseball team, it is likely that they share his appreciation for the opportunities the nation has offered, and will continue to offer in the future.

Citizenship is the ultimate goal for many who come to the U.S. from other nations. Because as we discussed in an earlier post the citizenship process can be challenging, many find it beneficial to work with an immigration lawyer throughout the process. Meeting with them at the outset may make it possible to address potential barriers to citizenship before they get to the point where they are an issue.

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