HOPS now U.S. Citizen


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hops
February 27, 2003, 05:46 PM
I was granted U.S. citizenship this A.M. at Federal District Court Oath ceremony.

Interesting process. Took 7 months overall from start to finish.

Now I can vote and get a Federal job.
Paying taxes, selective service, obey laws I could already do as a non-citizen.

Went to the rifle range after the event to give myself 3 volleys of a 1 gun salute.

Now to get my CCW and also see where the bleep my NFA transfer is. It's a present to myself.

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Azrael256
February 27, 2003, 05:56 PM
Mazel Tov!

Ewok
February 27, 2003, 05:59 PM
If Glückwünsche means congratulations, then Glückwünsche! If it means something else, then I take it back. ;)

Schuey2002
February 27, 2003, 06:06 PM
Congratulations, Hops! ;)

Quartus
February 27, 2003, 06:06 PM
Welcome! from another 'used to be one of them now I'm one us'!


Hmmm. Need a bigger smiley for this!

thumbtack
February 27, 2003, 06:16 PM
Congratulations

fallingblock
February 27, 2003, 06:20 PM
:D

keyhole
February 27, 2003, 06:27 PM
Congrats! Now get out there and vote!

geekWithA.45
February 27, 2003, 06:45 PM
The more citizens with guns, the better!

Congrats!

Blackhawk
February 27, 2003, 06:56 PM
Congratulations! :D

yy
February 27, 2003, 07:14 PM
Gon shee ni

That's congratulations to you in chinese (my own phonetics tho). I applied in August last year. Can't wait. where did you file?

Trisha
February 27, 2003, 07:17 PM
Congratulations, and welcome!

What caliber was your "one gun salute," if I may ask?

Trisha

Cliff
February 27, 2003, 07:21 PM
My congrat's to you as well.

DeltaElite
February 27, 2003, 07:22 PM
Welcome aboard. :D

Sheslinger
February 27, 2003, 07:24 PM
I passed my test on Feb 5th but because of the name change I have to wait another couple of months to take the oath.

For those of you who read my previous thread on this, Cslinger and I still have not taken the CCW course - waiting for the name change to avoid confusing the government.

Sheslinger

Tamara
February 27, 2003, 07:51 PM
Welcome home, hops; we've been waiting for you. :cool:

Oleg Volk
February 27, 2003, 07:56 PM
US citzenship -- the best gift you can give to your kids. Welcome!

Razor
February 27, 2003, 08:34 PM
Congratulations!!!

Hawkeye755
February 27, 2003, 08:47 PM
Congrats :D

pax
February 27, 2003, 08:53 PM
Welcome, and congratulations.

We're glad you're here.

pax

America has never been united by blood or birth or soil. We are bound by ideals that move us beyond our backgrounds, lift us above our interests and teach us what it means to be citizens. Every child must be taught these principles. Every citizen must uphold them. And every immigrant, by embracing these ideals, makes our country more, not less, American. -- George W. Bush

ahadams
February 27, 2003, 09:05 PM
Congrats! and welcome - we can use all the armed citizens we can get these days!

4v50 Gary
February 27, 2003, 09:07 PM
Congratulations, now help us vote the scallywags out. :D

jmbg29
February 27, 2003, 09:09 PM
:cool:

Standing Wolf
February 27, 2003, 09:13 PM
Well done and welcome!

Redlg155
February 27, 2003, 09:13 PM
Congrats!

As Quartus said, from another 'used to be one of them now I'm one us'! :D

I think we would be amazed at how many Naturalized Citizens we have here on this forum. We ought to take a count some day.

Good Shooting
RED

Dave Markowitz
February 27, 2003, 09:21 PM
Welcome!

:D :D :D

OF
February 27, 2003, 09:23 PM
Welcome!

cuchulainn
February 27, 2003, 09:27 PM
Congratulations.

AZTOY
February 27, 2003, 09:32 PM
Congratulations.http://www.awbansunset.com/forums/images/smilies/singing.gif

Waitone
February 27, 2003, 09:35 PM
Congratulations!

I assume you've got an American sized mortgage.

Now get out there and run for office.

geegee
February 27, 2003, 09:36 PM
Heartiest congratulations, from one Naturalized Citizen to another! :D geegee

Erik
February 27, 2003, 11:41 PM
Congratulations, fellow citizen!

coonan357
February 28, 2003, 12:46 AM
congrates!! from one citizen to another :)

hops
February 28, 2003, 12:54 AM
Thanks all!

I was shooting 7.62 x 51 NATO, Portugese Ammo. No dud rounds.

YY -
I applied end of July, last year in Portland, OR. They are doing more checks now, not just the FBI criminal check. I'm fairly certain that INS now has to perform checks of your financial records - banking transactions to see if you wire funds overseas and stuff like that.

They had us register at the ceremony.
The voter registration helpers were a far left democrat and a member of the Pacific Green party. Both were at the Portland Peace marches. I checked 'Republican party' to irritate them both.
I'm part libertarian / part republican in my twisted view of the world.

Had to email a long time friend to tell him to tell his U.S. security officer that his foreign national friend is now a citizen. My friend's clearance is high enough to where he is required to report any contact with a foreign national. Not sure how high a clearance that is. I knew about the declassified stuff he worked on, but that was it.

pbman
February 28, 2003, 12:58 AM
Congradulations

My mother is thinking of doing the same. :D

trapshooter
February 28, 2003, 01:45 AM
Congrats and welcome, Hops. Thanks for registering to vote. The most important duty.:cool:

Jesse H
February 28, 2003, 02:35 AM
Congrats!

I got mine a few weeks before 9/11. :fire:

sm
February 28, 2003, 02:40 AM
Congratulations

Coffee357
February 28, 2003, 03:26 AM
Congratulations and Welcome! Don't forget to vote!!!

Coffee

Kahr carrier
February 28, 2003, 06:44 AM
Congrats.:D

foghornl
February 28, 2003, 08:04 AM
Heartiest Congratulations, the Warmest of Welcomes, and a big sweeping tip of the hat you.

REGISTER AND VOTE ! ! ! ! We need all the good folks we can get.

DamnedDirtyApe
February 28, 2003, 09:37 AM
Congratulations from another naturalizee from Canada!

Saying I'm Canadian is like saying I have leprosy.

muddyboots
February 28, 2003, 11:31 AM
Welcome aboard! But you better call Multnomah County to check on your voter registration. Those Portland lefties probably tore your registration to pieces at the first opportunity.

BerettaNut92
February 28, 2003, 11:53 AM
Congrats!

Brian Maffei
February 28, 2003, 12:31 PM
Welcome, citizen! :)

Selfdfenz
February 28, 2003, 12:36 PM
Ditto to all the above.
Welcome aboard.

S-

Leatherneck
February 28, 2003, 12:51 PM
Welcome aboard, hops! As Redlg said, just seeing the pride in this one thread makes me proud to be an American. And we can use all of that we can find, these days!

TC
TFL Survivor

Bahadur
February 28, 2003, 01:11 PM
Interesting process. Took 7 months overall from start to finish.Only 7 months, eh? That's one of the shortest I've seen. I wouldn't use the word "interesting" to the process.

hops
February 28, 2003, 01:46 PM
Bahadur,

It might have been as little as 5 to 6 months. 7 months includes the 4 week wait from Oath Ceremony letter to Oath Ceremony.

I would agree with that in a post 9-11. Since I am clueless about what is done in the background, other than FBI and INTERPOL (in my case) criminal background checks, I can only think that my application triggered no red flags. I can speculate on some of the post 9-11 checks, but no red flags there either.

I've been in the U.S. since age 9, and have friends with some very high sec. clearances - so I would guess that I've been investigated a few times, unbeknownst to me. My step-dad also had some exremenly high sec clearances, so the U.S. govt knew all about me by the time I applied for U.S. citizenship.

grampster
February 28, 2003, 02:15 PM
HOPS: E Pluribus Unum

grampster

Quartus
February 28, 2003, 06:07 PM
Saying I'm Canadian is like saying I have leprosy.


That's why I didn't say it! :D

MountainPeak
February 28, 2003, 06:29 PM
Welcome!! You make me proud.:D

Bahadur
February 28, 2003, 08:22 PM
Hops:
I've been in the U.S. since age 9, and have friends with some very high sec. clearances - so I would guess that I've been investigated a few times, unbeknownst to me. My step-dad also had some exremenly high sec clearances, so the U.S. govt knew all about me by the time I applied for U.S. citizenship.You must think that the US Fed government is monolithic and share information among itself.

Do you know why the INS requires separate fingerprints EVERY time you apply for something?

Also, your nearness to high security clearanced people while non-citizen would raise interest rather than speed your application.

Benjamin
March 1, 2003, 03:19 PM
Congratulations and welcome.

homeka45
March 1, 2003, 04:48 PM
Welcome home.:D

ed dixon
March 1, 2003, 06:24 PM
Did you learn the secret handshake yet?:D Conrats.

bbrins
March 1, 2003, 06:25 PM
Congratulations.:D

Peetmoss
March 1, 2003, 08:32 PM
Welcome Hops and congratulations.

.45Ruger
March 1, 2003, 09:47 PM
Congradulations!!!!

chaim
March 1, 2003, 10:27 PM
Congratulations. Now you can vote, and that gives you the right to complain about the politicians who have been elected to office- the real national passtime (baseball and football are only #2):evil: .

556A2
March 1, 2003, 11:31 PM
Congradulations :D

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