Saturday, June 14, 2008

Red Sox Star David Ortiz Naturalizes, Becomes U.S. Citizen

On Wednesday, Dominican-born Boston Red Sox slugger David "Big Papi" Ortiz became an official U.S. citizen by participating in a citizenship ceremony held at the John F. Kennedy Library in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton administered the oath of citizenship and spoke briefly of our nation's national anthem, its importance, and - of course - Fenway Park.

To become a naturalized United States citizen, one must be at least eighteen years of age and have had a status of a legal permanent resident in the United States for five years less 90 days before they apply. If the legal permanent resident was outside of the U.S. for a continuous period of 6 months or more during those sixty months, they are disqualified from naturalizing. The individual must also be a “person of good moral character," and must pass a test on U.S. history and government.

Bertolino LLP's immigration attorneys are able to assist individuals in Florida and Texas looking to naturalize and welcome your telephone calls and e-mail.

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