Citizen of The United States of America

Yesterday, I was in Seattle for a very special day. After 13 years, Sarah has received the highest title the United State could ever bestow on anyone: Citizen of the United of America. Yes, it’s true. I am now married to an American.

Citizenship and the citizenship ceremonies are handle by the US Department of Homeland Security. Getting into the Homeland Security building is like going through airport security. You have to walk through a metal detector and there’s a 100% ID check. I found the level of security over the top because that building only handles citizenship and immigration. How much security does it need?

If you’ve been feeling down on America lately, and that’s not hard to do with the flood of bad news coming from CNN everyday, head on down to your local Homeland Security office and witness a citizenship ceremony. Your faith will be restored. While Vancouver may be the best city in the world to live, America is still the greatest country in the world.

If you were born in America, you may take your citizenship for granted. But it’s really a gift. And those who received their gift yesterday know that the road to United State citizenship is not an end, but only the beginning. God bless America.


58 thoughts on “Citizen of The United States of America”

  1. welcome to the US brother. Having a green-card for the last few years, and in the process of getting my US citizenship at the moment. Its truly one long journey but with a great milestone at the end. As much as Canada has been my home and in a sense where I always will find my loved one, the United States is my home now and a land full of many opportunities.

    I agree security is tight. I remember going to the Montreal office for my green card year back, and the security was tight but for valid reasons I guess. Guess its a sign of the times.

    1. Tushar says:

      It is a sign of the times.

      You’re lucky you’re Canadian. I’m sure it’s much worse for those from other countries, and especially middle-eastern countries.

      1. Congrats there John, so you got a green card, eh.

  2. That’s awesome! Congratulations.

    As an American soldier I want to thank you wife for wanting to go through all she has had to with the tests to become a citizen.

    1. Tushar says:

      As a citizen of the world, I would like to thank you for your service in the American army.

  3. Laura says:

    Indeed God Bless the USA! We have our issues but as AmeriCANS we CAN overcome them.

    John, thank you for taking the time to send the USA some love. Congrats to your wife for becoming an American. Yes SHE CAN! 🙂

  4. Tushar says:

    Congratulations to your wife and your family John!

    While being an American is an honour, being a Canadian isn’t that bad either!

  5. I don’t know if Vancouver is necessarily the best place in the world to live, John. 5 gang-related shootings there in the last week, as well as multiple deaths. The crime rate also continues to rise. It’s also among one of the most expensive cities in Canada to live in, second to Toronto.

    Congratulations to Sarah though! Will she hold dual citizenship or just American?

    1. Tushar says:

      You don’t say.

      For once I’m happy to live in small-town, New Brunswick.

      1. The best city is wherever it suits each individual. I could easily say San Francisco and London are the best.

    2. Eh, every city/state has its problems & whatnot.

  6. Julie says:

    That is so awesome! Congratulations Sarah!

  7. Tushar says:

    By the way John, I don’t know if it’s just my connection, but I can hardly get that video to load.

    🙁

  8. Zac Johnson says:

    Congrats, that’s awesome!

  9. GP says:

    Excellent! Congrats!

  10. Mama BoK says:

    Congrats..!!!

  11. Welcome to the company. I hope you know about the coffee rule. You kill the joe you make some mo’ – Terry Tate. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzToNo7A-94

  12. issa says:

    awesome!! congrats to sarah! =)

    why did she apply for American citizenship in the first place?

  13. My wife is an American citizen and I am Canadian living in Vancouver. I have grown up here and lived here my whole life but i’m not so sure it is still the best place to live. Congrats to Sarah though.

  14. Vic says:

    I offer my congratulations to Sarah and you John as well, and I hate to be the only one that sounds like a spoiler here, but from what I know I have to say that being an American citizen is more of a potential liability than an asset, especially if one doesn’t intend to live there.

    My reason for saying this is based on the fact that Americans are taxed on ALL of their worldwide income WHETHER THEY ARE RESIDENT IN THE USA OR ABOARD.

    Sure, Canada has tax treaty agreements with the US covering things like residency status and double-taxation, but even still, being under the yoke of the Canada Revenue Agency is bad enough…compound that by inviting the Internal Revenue Service will just complicate any future tax planning situation.

  15. Vic says:

    Disclaimer: The preceding comment was not meant to offend present resident citizens of the United States of America, prospective seekers of American citizenship residing in the United States and around the world, and American citizens living as expatriates around the world that may still have to pay US income taxes on their worldwide income simply because they are Americans.

  16. INDO NIGHT says:

    SELAMAT….ITS MEAN ” CONGRATULATION “IN INDONESIA.

  17. We do take it for granted the freedoms we have, although I can’t see too much difference between a Canadian and an American other then the stereotypical differences. I’m born/live in America but I do love Canada.

  18. game-girl says:

    This is the event ! I think she really was eager to get it.The dream came true! Hurrah!

  19. Celeb says:

    Welcome to The US john.

  20. Ardian says:

    Congratulation Sarah! And also you John 😀 I hope you have a better live in US 🙂

    Btw, I’m proud as a citizen of Indonesia. This is the best country to grow and live for me 🙂

  21. Andy says:

    This is a great post. For some reason I always thought you hated the US.

  22. Tyler says:

    Thought there were higher titles one could achieve as an American, whether or not you were a civilian or military. Lol what do I know though, I’m just a Canadian.

    How come Sarah got her US Citizenship? I’m confused!

  23. Congratulations! I remember that when I became a U.S. citizen I knew more about History, Politics, etc, than most American friends I know and 15 years later I STILL know more than most Americans I know. It’s amazing how many people take many things for granted.

  24. My sincere congratulations to Sarah!

  25. Geiger says:

    Does that make you an American as well? Some Americans are scared of immigrants thinking they’ll take their jobs. Personally, I want the smartest people from everywhere to become Americans. They can only raise my personal standard of living.

  26. Congratulations to Sarah! For all of USA’s problems, it’s still an amazing place to be… and citizenship is a great accomplishment.

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  28. Dating says:

    Congratulations! I am an American and people do take it for granted. I also think that in these times Americans need to pull together and not apart as we have been doing slowly since the late 80’s.

    It is no longer OK to go to a neighbor and ask to borrow a couple eggs without getting funny looks or you might not even know your neighbors name.

    We are a great country lets all pull together and make it great again.

  29. Murray says:

    Hi John from Point Bob;
    This is an island of Canada in the USA.
    Close to Vancouver yet rural.
    Run your US business from cute cottage here.

    http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0408/feature7/index.html

    Murray
    only-in-canada.com

  30. John, congratulations to Sarah for becoming US citizen. It’s a great honor I’m sure.

    Peter :ee

  31. John, congratulations to Sarah for becoming US citizen. It’s a great honor I’m sure.

    Peter Lee

  32. Joe Chavez says:

    John,

    That is wonderful news indeed. Congratulations to you, your wife and family.

    I agree with you. Most Americans take their citizenship for granted and it’s a shame. In fact, most of us take the opportunities we are afforded for granted as well. That’s why there are so many immigrant success stories: folks that come to the US with a dollar to their name and then end up with a million dollar net worth. They see the opportunities; we are blinded by mediocre paychecks. It’s terrible.

    Congratulations again and safe travels to you!

    Joe.

  33. Devon says:

    Are you planning to move to the United States? I’m a little confused as to why your wife would become an American citizen, unless that’s the plan.

  34. Cindy says:

    Congratulations to Sarah. My husband is a naturalized citizen, and at the ceremony I was not sure which I was more proud of–my husband or my country. It was truly a moving experience.

  35. Dwayne says:

    Congrats to Sarah.

    Freedom is something that cannot be bought with money.It was paid for with blood. Even today, our brave men and women that serve in our armed forces are paying the price.

    I am proud to be an American, always have been , always will be.

  36. internet says:

    I think all of us should be proud to b ecitizens of any country not only US.

    By the way is Sarah also has Canadian Citizenship?

  37. Congrats to Sarah!

    I’m still a British citizen living in the States, but I’m getting my dual citizenship soon.

    1. Garry says:

      Hope you don’t mind me asking whwere I can get info on dual citizenship. I am a UK citizen working in the US

  38. game-girl says:

    Hope Sarah has already celebrated the event with her friends.

  39. Rob says:

    Congrats to your wife John. When my wife received her US Citizenship ( born in Honduras ) a couple years ago, it was an incredible day. Something to be truly proud of, even in these tough US times.

  40. Juan says:

    GOD BLESS YOU AND SALLY AND THE REST OF YOUR FAMILY! 88 😉

  41. Gatenka says:

    A 13-year wait for a citizenship. Congratulations and salutations to your wife sir. I doubt that anyone else would actually bother being THAT patient in the long run.

    Cheers,
    Gat

  42. Silke says:

    Congratulations to your wife. I received my citizenship in July. Since then I was able to vote for Obama in November and have sat on a jury. I’ve also traveled to Mexico on vacation without my German passport (I’m German also). Initially I felt naked, but I got over that quickly. Since becoming American, I feel more entitled to complain, yet do that less, since I feel more empowered to act. But maybe that has something to do with Obama and the overwhelm I feel for the after-effects of the Bush years (it’s the economy, stupid).

  43. JT says:

    Thanks, John, for a great post and congratulations to Sarah and to you. It is nice to hear you talk from a place of gratitude and pride and bannish the negativity toward America. Great post, and much appreciated!
    ~JT

  44. Marcelo says:

    Congratulations!

    Where do you live? I thought you and your family live in Canada?

    I always thought that you need to be living in the US at the time that you become a citizen. Are you living in the US or in Canada?

  45. M Rahman says:

    Hello John Chow , I have regularly visits your blog and I am a big fan of your blog. I am very happy that you have become a citizen of The United States. Best wishes for your and your wife Sarah.

  46. John,

    Congratulations to Sarah and welcome to the USA. I’m a native Californian, and had the pleasure of meeting you and sharing a dinner in Las Vegas with you and the group of merry web 2.0 elders at BlogWorld Expo 2008 ML dinner.

    Sarah, enjoy your citzenship, it is well-earned!

    Respectfully,

    Nicholas Chase
    http://www.twitter.com/nachase

  47. Sean says:

    Congrats to Sarah! John, thank you for sharing this event, and you are right, most Americans take their citizenship for granted.

    One of the events I will never forget happened to me while in the U.S. Air Force flying out of Panama. Some of you may remember the mass exodus from Cuba in the early/mid 1990’s, right before the situation in Haiti reached a peak. Many of the Cubans seeking asylum were being held at Gitmo waiting to hear what would happen to them. When the Haitians started to hit the water for the U.S., the Cubans were moved to Panama to make room for the Haitians. (I know crazy, but it’s the government!)

    Once things settled down I was flying missions to return the Cubans back to Gitmo. I had come back from flying one day and a group of Cubans had been separated and put in a small room, they were a little frightened because they didn’t know what was going on. After a short while they were told they had been given political asylum in the U.S.!

    I’ll never forget the cries of joy, hugs and emotional release that happened that moment. These people had risked everything to come to the U.S. Teachers, doctors, engineers, mothers, and fathers. Needless to say, it was a moving experience. Never take for granted the freedom we enjoy.

  48. It always takes someone who has become a new citizen to really understand the greatness of the United States.

    Bless you for saying just that. It is true, some who have been born here are not every appreciative of their place in the world in which they live..

    I am saddened by the way some “actors and activists” in the country embrace villains like Castro, Huge Chavez, and call them “great leaders” of their respective countries..

    These are the very people who if they smeared such “great leaders” in their own country, like they did with the Bush administration, would most likely be arrested as political prisoners – or worse..

    I don’t remember Mr Bush arresting anyone for totally slimming his character. Freedom of speech is our most prized commmodity. It almost seems like they know not where their freedom or their finance comes from.

    Also, if you turn on any news cast these days, it seems like our Captialistic system in under assault as well.

    I hope that as a new citizen, that the current administration will not produce the type of damage (in the form of taxes – and so called stimulas) that we will bring us back to the days of 70% top marginal tax rates..

    This will weaken incentive for sure. Be that as it may, or may not be – welcome to the United States. More then glad that you are here..

    Robert C – The Wholesale Products Guy

  49. Congrats Sarah with extension to John too. Have a swell time as u climb gradually out of the recesion.

  50. Sheila says:

    Congratulations Sarah! My brother-in-law went through the same lengthy process. It make a native born citizen aware of how precious it really is.

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