Some local veterans, soldiers and their military spouses became U.S. citizens Friday.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalized the group, which joined a total of 165 people from 67 countries. The ceremony was part of USCIS’s celebration of Veterans Day.
U.S. Air Force Veteran Jeanine Fiala is originally from Germany, but moved to the States when she was five.
"Through a weird [series] of events I wasn't able to claim dual citizenship because my mom was too young when she moved to Germany. So, this is very special and exciting," Fiala said.
Fiala couldn't wait to take her final step to citizenship.
"I'm like, yay, I'm here, finally. It took forever," Fiala exclaimed.
Officials told FOX 5, in addition to taking a Civics exam and meeting other requirements, military members seeking U.S. citizenship must have served honorably in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Nationwide USCIS will welcome more than 10,000 new citizens from November 7 to 13 at nearly 130 ceremonies.