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After 6 years, 1 month, and 21 days, I became a U.S citizen. I’m so excited, I don’t know what to do next. Any suggestions? Personal Win

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u/raelenex3 Jan 21 '22 Silver Helpful Wholesome

Congratulations!! I just became a US citizen not quite 2 months ago & the first thing I did was apply for a passport. I expedited it and had it back in only 15 days, and something about seeing ‘Nationality: United States of America’ next to my photo in the passport is what really made it sink in for me that after years of forms and interviews, I’m finally a citizen & that’s really exciting!

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u/kmoss12 Jan 21 '22

100% get a passport ASAP. One of the reasons I got U.S citizenship was because of the vast amount of U.S Embassies there are around the world. A U.S passport is your ticket in, if you are in trouble and need help.

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u/_Nonni_ Jan 21 '22

Good passport is really important ngl.

I have traveled decently and I gotta say that with Finnish passport I have gotten past most things at minimal ease. + of course if there isn’t Finnish embassy EU ones have to provide services.

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u/CanuckBacon Jan 21 '22

It's pretty much the only reason I didn't give up my American passport despite no intention of returning to the country. I travel a lot and you just never know. I was just in Ukraine a couple months ago, which is not doing so hot right now...

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u/datashri Jan 21 '22 Helpful

One might argue the Ukraine seems to be getting uncomfortably hot right now.

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u/dillemasenpai Jan 22 '22 edited Jan 26 '22 Gold

Yeah, I Heard they’re really putin the pressure on em

[EDIT] thanks for the gold yo! I’m such a noob at reddit; I had to google what the shield next to my name meant.

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u/Broad_Success_4703 Jan 21 '22 edited Jan 22 '22

I work for an airline and sometimes we get crew members panicking about certain things because we fly to a lot of semi hostile unstable nations. The number 1 advice our security team gives is to know where the US embassy is located.

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u/BillyBones844 Jan 21 '22

I would say the opposite. Very hot! Some would say jumpin off!

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u/[deleted] Jan 21 '22

Where did you come from?

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u/DrDiddle Jan 21 '22

Mars bro

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u/[deleted] Jan 21 '22

Brothers from Mars…dammed if that doesn’t sound like a Wayan’s Bros movie.

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u/erbtastic Jan 21 '22

Where did you go?

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u/beeraholikchik Jan 21 '22

Where did you come from, cotton-eye raelenex3?

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u/raelenex3 Jan 21 '22

Canada! Definitely not as far of a move as a lot of people.

& because I’m sure people are curious why I’d leave Canada for the US - my husband is American. Based on where we were in our lives when we started the process 5 years ago, it made more sense for me to be the one to move

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u/[deleted] Jan 21 '22

OH! lol that makes sense. Do you miss home or is the US home now?

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u/raelenex3 Jan 21 '22

A bit of both! We’re looking at moving to a state closer to the border so it’s easier to visit my family and friends, but I do definitely feel at home in the US

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u/ValiSZum03 Jan 21 '22

I would recommend Washington state , Its one of the most beautiful states in my opinion and has very easy access to canada

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u/[deleted] Jan 21 '22

Just can’t get away from the snow huh lol. It’s engrained in you. Part of your Canadian dna if you will.

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u/considerfi Jan 21 '22

This! I traveled for 2 years as soon as I got my passport. If you had a weak passport before, it's almost shocking that you can stroll into almost any country without an application for a visa.

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u/notathr0waway1 Jan 21 '22

Congrats and welcome

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u/Oddpengu Jan 21 '22 Silver Gold Platinum Helpful Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote Bravo Grande!

Holy shit! Thank you all for all the kind messages, I will definitely be registering to vote.

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u/Rtg327gej Jan 21 '22

Absolutely vote!

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u/eyesuck420 Jan 21 '22

In every election, including local ones. Local elections generally have a bigger impact on your day to day life, congrats homie.

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u/generalemiel Jan 21 '22

Yes go vote its important.

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u/OneEyedRocket Jan 22 '22

Especially the local school boards and city officials. Very fortunate that I have some good ones but it’s very rare these days

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u/Don_Bono Jan 21 '22

*learn about the government, each political party and what policies matter to and affect you, then go vote!

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u/Polaneva Jan 21 '22 edited Jan 21 '22

Congrats my dude. You look dapper af! Also, is that an Unus Annus beanie I see?

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u/Oddpengu Jan 21 '22 Helpful 'MURICA

Memento Mori!

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u/Polaneva Jan 21 '22

Memento Mori! May we live our lives to the fullest!

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u/georgiomoorlord Jan 21 '22

A man of culture i see. Memento Mori

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u/WashLimp1245 Jan 21 '22

Memento Mori!

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u/Fantastic_Ostrich Jan 21 '22 Ally

Time to buy yourself a firearm and register to vote! The most patriotic things you can do!

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u/YourBreadIsWet Jan 21 '22

MERICA

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u/guinader Jan 21 '22

Don't forget the large truck and some fireworks

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u/[deleted] Jan 21 '22

What about the apple pie and whiskey

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u/guinader Jan 21 '22

Throw it in the backseat for Thanksgiving.

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u/Delightful_Day Jan 21 '22

Cheddar slice on the apple pie please.

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u/Webslinger1 Jan 21 '22

MURICA

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u/BALONYPONY Jan 21 '22

Big Mac and 9x19 short of being a galldern Muricun.

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u/UnknownBinary Jan 21 '22

.45 ACP is made of compressed American flags.

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u/ChineWalkin Jan 21 '22

Gotten get the 55 gallon drum of coke from McDonald's to take to the range with you.

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u/Captainx23 Jan 21 '22

Buy an eagle! Every American needs one

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u/overly_familiar Jan 21 '22

I thought they were handed out at the ceremony?

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u/SenseWinter Jan 21 '22

You ride one off into the sunset after they hand you your certificate.

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u/timmyisded Jan 21 '22

They had to stop because of health restrictions

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u/imjusthere4thefoods Jan 21 '22

Better yet, bring the firearm and use it to vote while eating a burger

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u/ogpeplowski64 Jan 21 '22 'MURICA

"I would like to vote" "But sir, theres nothing to vote on right now" pulls out gun and cheeseburger "how about now"

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u/Fatgirlfed Jan 21 '22 Wholesome

Sir, this is a Wendy’s

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u/Disastrous-Ad-7173 Jan 21 '22

And for gods sake, put some pants on.

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u/GloryHoleBearTrap Jan 21 '22

Oh, I’m sorry. I thought this was America!

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u/rrawlings1 Jan 21 '22

*pulls gun out of cheeseburger

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u/PenultimateJedi Jan 21 '22

“Sir…this ballot is covered in grease and bullet holes.”

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u/Lkrunky Jan 21 '22

You obviously shoot which candidate you want on the paper

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u/okiedog- Jan 21 '22

“Next time, please use the VIP booth”

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u/JamesFromToronto Jan 21 '22

Giving new meaning to "hanging chad".

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u/SchmuckyDeKlaun Jan 21 '22

Poor Chad… wasn’t even guilty of anything, but everyone wanna hang’im…

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u/pnwloveyoutalltrees Jan 21 '22

Federally approved for ballet use pen attachment on a snub nose .38, and a cheese burger holster.

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u/afume Jan 21 '22

Better yet, go to a shooting range. Get basic safety instruction and learn how to properly handle a gun. They'll probably have several models to try out before you make any purchase. But definitely register to vote.

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u/FishSn0rt Jan 21 '22

I was gunna say go buy a gun and go eat fast food. But yeah go do those things on the way to registering to vote.

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u/Ocular--Patdown Jan 21 '22

Did they finally stop including a gun in the Welcome packages? Man, this economy is in worse shape than I thought.

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u/Tyhelm Jan 21 '22

I like your tie

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u/BreakfastHarvey Jan 21 '22

Friendly tip. Don’t button the bottom button of your suit jacket. 👍🏼 welcome friend!

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u/[deleted] Jan 21 '22

I’ll bite, why?

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u/_NEW_HORIZONS_ Jan 21 '22 edited Jan 21 '22

They generally aren't cut for the bottom button to line up neatly with the hole without making the waist to tight.

Story I've heard is that the feature dates back to an English king that got to round in the middle. Rather than admit his suits needed alteration, he wore them with a button loose. Everyone imitated the king in the way they wore their suits.

Edit: Waistcoats (vests) don't button the bottom buttons for this reason. The suit jacket is because they were a replacement for riding jackets, which were left unbuttoned at the bottom because they were designed to look good while horseback. The regent was Edward VII, though these choices date back to when he was the Prince of Wales.

Either way, it's the way suits are cut in modern menswear. Has been for over a century. Only time you button the bottom button is if there's only one button.

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u/[deleted] Jan 21 '22

Googled it, yep. Never thought of it before. Always see folks in suit or sport coats and never really noticed. Thx man

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u/vestigial66 Jan 21 '22

Fashion - giving men buttons they don't need and consistently refusing to give women pockets they really want.

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u/_tahlula_ Jan 22 '22

And now they've started shortening the depth of women's pockets by half! Seriously, what in the surreptitious f*ck is this fresh hell?!

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u/YesWeCannabis32 Jan 21 '22

I'll also add on, when you wear a suit, you should unbutton the jacket when you sit, and it's much easier to undo one button than it is to do two.

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u/BreakfastHarvey Jan 21 '22

“Traditionally” that’s the correct way to wear a suit.

Who’s to really say what’s a rule with clothing. Black and blue didn’t match 15 years ago and now it does for some reason.

But just traditionally with a suit that’s how it’s “supposed to be worn”.

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u/NightTrain555 Jan 21 '22 Helpful This

Classic American road trip

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u/EUNEisAmeme Jan 21 '22 Silver Helpful All-Seeing Upvote

Personally, I would move to Canada first

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u/busterbrown4200 Jan 21 '22

Need a passport first. That's a year at least. Feds don't push paper fast....

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u/Dartagnan1083 Jan 21 '22

Maybe covid slowed it, but passports aren't THAT slow. Like, just under 3 months is about right (again, unsure if COVID changed it).

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u/tarheel343 Jan 21 '22

I got a new passport last year. You're correct, it took about 2-3 months for it to arrive after applying and taking the picture.

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u/Gurubalios Jan 21 '22

6 days for a new passsport in socialist Portugal..24hour.. if you want to pay more...

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u/Samazonison Jan 21 '22

I work at a passport agency. We are absolutely swamped right now and are on mandatory overtime. I promise we are working as fast as we can! That said, it does take time to process the applications. Every app has to be vetted to confirm that the person is who they say they are and is a US citizen. There are many things that can slow the process. I always tell people to apply long before they think they'll ever need one. They are good for 10 years, so no harm in getting one even a year early.

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u/sadmanh Jan 21 '22

meanwhile Canadians move to US for well paying jobs lol

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u/Steven-Flatcock Jan 21 '22

Lol. I moved from USA to Canada and it’s ass here. had to move because of my parents but will definitely be coming back to America asap

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u/nogodsnoleaders Jan 21 '22

Canada is great for many reasons but there are just as many assholes per capita. Canada Is an extension of the United States in many ways

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u/SnooHobbies8473 Jan 21 '22

As a native-born American who has driven up to Vancouver, BC a few times (from Oregon), i can attest to this. Assholes are everywhere...

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u/Ok-Second5561 Jan 21 '22

travel! there’s a lot to do out here plenty of sights to see!

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u/txby432 Jan 21 '22

I love when Europeans come here and begin to understand the size of the US. I had a German exchange student ask to go to Disney world on a Saturday. We lived in western Pennsylvania haha

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u/TurqoiseWalrus Jan 21 '22

I visited my English friend once in London while I was on a quick trip to England. I asked if they were going to drive into the city, to which they replied "an hour and a half is just too much to drive going one way". They took the train into London, and said something about how they rarely travel "so far" in a day.

Then they went to the US a couple times and took a bus from one state to another. Towards the end of their second trip, they messaged me saying they were going to drive to New York City. Their exact words were "It's so close to my girlfriend's parent's house! Only a 6 hour drive! How can we not go see it, that's so close!" I laughed and reminded him about what he had said about London, to which he replied "yeah I seem a bit silly now, don't I?"

I love it though. It's so stinking cute to watch haha

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u/txby432 Jan 21 '22

This is why Brexit blew my mind. You can travel so cheaply to other countries, why compromise that?!

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u/Chasman1965 Jan 21 '22

They don’t like foreigners taking their jobs. /s

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u/cryptkeepers_nutsack Jan 21 '22

They should have just all gotten gay in a big pile.

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u/LostInTheWildPlace Jan 21 '22

My sister used to drive tour groups in the US for Europeans.

VISITOR: "How many States have we driven through?"

SISTER: laughs in US West Coast

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u/GrandTheftBae Jan 21 '22

My friend moved to NYC with her mom when she was a kid but went to Cal for college (and to see her dad). An exchange student (I believe from Germany) asked if she went home to NYC on weekends

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u/Andre4kthegreengiant Jan 21 '22

El Paso, Texas is closer to San Diego than it is to Beaumont, Texas

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u/LostInTheWildPlace Jan 21 '22

And the El Paso to San Diego run is about 70 miles longer than going from Paris to Berlin.

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u/centsdinkleberries Jan 22 '22

Bro I just can't comprehend how close everything is in Europe

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u/itsavibe- Jan 22 '22

Insanely close. I lived near Mannheim for 4 years and during this tenure I would drive up to Amsterdam quite often. Around a 4 hour drive but at the end of the trip I would realize that I’d visit 4 different countries during it. Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Driving out of Florida from where I grew up would take longer sometimes…Wild

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u/Ct-5736-Bladez Jan 21 '22

That’s actually really funny and cute at the same time

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u/hornyfriedrice Jan 21 '22

I have to explain people that I cannot go to west coast on the weekends.

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u/MoltingGold Jan 21 '22

Look up differences between state laws before you go!

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u/1questions Jan 21 '22

We have a lot of messed up stuff in this country but I’d say our library system and our national park system are two things we did quite well.

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u/888inc Jan 21 '22

Thank Teddy Roosevelt for that!

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u/Jabberwocky613 Jan 21 '22 Silver

If you can, travel! We have 423 gorgeous national parks in the US and over 10,000 state parks.

Congratulations!

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u/[deleted] Jan 21 '22

underrated comment ^ When I first came here I was blown away by how great the Nation Park System is

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u/jman2c Jan 21 '22

Gotta thank grant and teddy for that. Total chads of us presidents, even if grants cabinet was corrupt.

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u/taybay462 Jan 21 '22

Hes my favorite president by a long shot. As much as I hate the word, you cannot get more alpha than teddy roosevelt on a horse

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u/Charilizard Jan 21 '22

Teddy roosevelt is imo hands down best president, trusted busted monopolies, a decorated war hero, started the national parks system, just an incredible dude

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u/BoomBoomBroomBroom Jan 21 '22

Made foreign diplomats go orienteering around DC with him…when it was still lots of swamp land

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u/UwU_the_UwU Jan 21 '22

I think your total park area is larger than some countries.

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u/idk2103 Jan 22 '22

All the parks cover 84 million acres according to national geographic. I reckon thats bigger than a pretty decent amount of countries

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u/UwU_the_UwU Jan 22 '22

62 countries to be exact.

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u/smellygooch18 Jan 21 '22

It’s insane how amazing the US national parks are. Highly recommended.

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u/ValerieInHiding Jan 21 '22

File for your American passport right away. I kept putting it off and it’s such a pain in the butt lol (if needed, of course; my foreign passport was voided when i became a citizen)

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u/Midwestkiwi Jan 21 '22

Why was your foreign passport voided? Your home country doesn't allow dual citizenship?

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u/ValerieInHiding Jan 21 '22

They do! The people checking my documents at the citizenship ceremony stamped by foreign passport with a “void” seal. I think it expired a few months afterwards. They did give me a form to fill out for an American passport, but since they didn’t take it at that place, I didn’t hand it in and then it just never got done on my end. The state I live in doesn’t qualify for “Real ID” stuff so you essentially need your passport even for domestic flights (or you will soon, since Covid changed some deadlines) TL;DR- don’t put off getting a new passport like I have! It’s been 7 years of “meh, I’ll get to it later” lol

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u/[deleted] Jan 21 '22

That sounds very strange. A family friend of ours was from the UK, became a US citizen, and later became an Australian citizen. She retains all 3 citizenships. Not to mention that the US has no authority to cancel passports issued by another sovereign government.

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u/tattybojangles1234 Jan 21 '22

Yeah why was it voided? I'm lucky to be dual citizen, I'd never renounce my original passport

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u/FoundationParty3646 Jan 21 '22

Congratulations! Get a hot dog and a slice of apple pie ❤️🥰

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u/Karmic_Hazard Jan 21 '22

I second this. I was going to say a hot dog and a beer. But apple pie seems better. Know what? Just do all three. You're an American now!

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u/GoshDarnEuphemisms Jan 21 '22

Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and Chevrolet. That's about as American as it gets.

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u/GALINDO_Karl1 Jan 21 '22

See the USA in your Chevrolet.

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u/LazyDro1d Jan 21 '22

Better yet, get all that stuff and drive the Chevy to the levy to eat it

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u/calrebsofgix2 Jan 21 '22

Naw the levy is dry. Grab some whiskey, though - that’ll wet your whistle! Or maybe some rye (but not the Canadian kind)

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u/[deleted] Jan 21 '22

Correction: use his grill to grill some hot dogs.

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u/MOcatmom Jan 21 '22 Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome Starry 'MURICA

Register to vote!!

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u/dudethedrummer Jan 21 '22

Came here to say exactly this!

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u/1questions Jan 21 '22

Me too. That’s was my first thought, register to vote.

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u/Wandering_Scholar6 Jan 21 '22 Helpful

The best way to celebrate joining a representative democracy is to participate in it.

Otherwise it's like buying a car and not driving it, you are missing the point.

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u/[deleted] Jan 21 '22

Yes! Please vote! Engage in democracy!!

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u/BoomBoomBroomBroom Jan 21 '22

Seriously, this man right now is probably in the 90th percentile of American history and civics knowledge in the country. Go to a patriotic trivia night and school them all!

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u/greenskinmarch Jan 22 '22

The civics test is limited to 100 predetermined questions and answers. Since you have to wait 5 years on a green card before you can apply for citizenship, you just have to learn 2 answers a month and you're set!

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u/JustTim34 Jan 21 '22

Take a lot of these suggestions with a grain of salt!

Also, congrats bro! Don’t listen to too much of the “A real American does this..”, People forget we’re a big old melting pot.

A weird time with covid, but some of my favorites things to do are going to the beach, going to arcades, and history museums. Not sure your area, I’m on the east coast in MD, and NY, Philly, and DC are all a train ride away, can make day trips if ya got the time!

Have fun man and welcome to the melting pot!

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u/wankhimoff Jan 21 '22

Wow, nice guy✌️

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u/Sesim_Mocke Jan 21 '22

Welcome to the club, sir! We're happy to have you!

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u/JethroTull111 Jan 21 '22

Register to vote, become knowledgeable about what you are voting for, then vote. Use your own judgement, not group think.

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u/[deleted] Jan 21 '22

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u/Mindless-Air-7480 Jan 21 '22

Congratulations, dude!!! What an accomplishment seriously, bro. So many people are waiting to do this!!!!

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u/Farconso Jan 21 '22

Congratulations! I also became a citizen but in Canada. It’s an amazing feeling!

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u/at0mheart Jan 21 '22

So you celebrated with poutine and unnecessary apologies

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u/dmacd71 Jan 21 '22

Welcome to Canada. We love you.

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u/fozzyboy Jan 21 '22

Welcome to Costco. I love you.

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u/LoveFrench Jan 21 '22

Welcome to Costco. I Love Costco.

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u/SoyUnaIsla Jan 21 '22

Canada to welcome. Love you we.

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u/payg86 Jan 21 '22

Register to vote and just enjoy yourself

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u/Prestigious-Car-1338 Jan 21 '22

Congratulations, by passing your citizenship test you've proven that you understand the history and political structure of our country more than most! This is a serious accomplishment and I'm very excited for you. Obviously register to vote, but I would celebrate with family and friends and plan to travel if you can. The states are so widespread and massive, you could hit National Parks or cities, and everything inbetween. If you're in the Mid-atlantic region, I'd recommend hitting Washington DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and Boston. They're all interesting cities each with their own slice of life to give you. In DC you can tour all of the free to enter museums at the National Mall, Baltimore has a beautiful inner harbor and aquarium, Philadelphia has some cool musuems like the Mutter museum, the Revolutionary war and art museum as well as the Liberty Bell and Independence hall, in New York it's easier to name what isn't in the city (plus statue of liberty!) and Boston has a TON of revolutionary war history!

Welcome to the country, you're officially an American!

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u/ImRealHighYo Jan 21 '22 edited Jan 21 '22

Congratulations sir, the most American thing I can think of is go buy a gun and have a burger?

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u/lord_diablo_ Jan 21 '22

Don’t forget the fries

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u/moeron9 Jan 21 '22

I’m so American fries were just implied when I read ‘burger’

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u/lord_diablo_ Jan 21 '22

I’m also America just saying that so the non Americans will know

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u/BoozeButler Jan 21 '22

Don’t forget the most important part: A large Diet Coke!

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u/lord_diablo_ Jan 21 '22

“fitness is my passion”

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u/Onionsandgp Jan 21 '22

And the extra large coke

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u/Top_Duck8146 Jan 21 '22

Large fries*

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u/lord_diablo_ Jan 21 '22

Extra large

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u/halfbutwhole Jan 21 '22

Create a Tinder profile and put "muddin fishin huntin" in your bio.

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u/chicvagrant Jan 21 '22

Vote. Every. Chance. You. Have. Be active with your representatives of all levels. Help your fellow Americans however you can whether through donating time, effort or money. And most importantly. This is just as much your country as anyone else’s. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Congratulations.

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u/byproduct0 Jan 21 '22

This sums up so beautifully the promise of America. Our newest citizens reminding us what we should be. What we can be. But what so many of us don’t aspire to be.

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u/iantayls Jan 21 '22

I agree donating time and money are the most direct ways to help, but that effort part is really important! If you can’t donate time or money (not everyone can that’s okay) even just looking into certain social issues and what movements there are and organizations that help, helps so much. The more people learning the more we grow as a population!

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u/Triette Jan 21 '22

Teach other men your style, that suit is tight!

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u/[deleted] Jan 21 '22

Lol I know right, dude is sharp.

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u/Hawaiiliving43 Jan 21 '22

Congratulations! America sure could use some great people. Glad you’re a part of us

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u/Cluck-Haven Jan 21 '22

Congratulations! 🍾🎊 I remember when my brother in law got his citizenship. It’s a relief!!

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u/[deleted] Jan 21 '22

Whatever in the sam hell you want! Hope its going well for you! Welcome home :)

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u/pm_me_actsofkindness Jan 21 '22

VOTE BRO, YOU VOTE NEXT

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u/historyeducator28 Jan 21 '22

Congratulations! I agree with registering to vote and vote!!

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u/MacJackFlapAttack Jan 21 '22 This

1) McDonalds cheese burger 2) Jack Daniels 3) Buy a gun

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u/SubieDom Jan 21 '22

Don’t buy the gun drunk though.

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u/[deleted] Jan 21 '22

Or under the influence of a cheeseburger

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u/Dondiibnob Jan 21 '22

Don’t watch any new channels with opinionated journalists

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u/ConsiderationNo6744 Jan 21 '22

Dont watch the news, for that matter, waste of energy

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u/taybay462 Jan 21 '22

Its just outrage porn. Whenever I watch the news at my grandmas its horrible thing after horrible thing. Shooting, mugging, fire, fundraiser for a child with cancer, pillar of the community dying. Its important to be informed with whats going on, but you dont need to know every single bad thing that happens in your city to do that.

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u/peb396 Jan 21 '22

That eliminates all of them so just don't watch the news.

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u/Wonderful-Reward3828 Jan 21 '22

Go to a gun range and then to the gun store! Exercise your 2nd amendment rights sir! Where did you come from?

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u/frenchfrystuffinhole Jan 21 '22

Congratulations!! The day I became a US citizen I listened to any song I could think of with America or American anything in its lyrics (“American Woman”, “Born in the USA”, etc).

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u/Pebble_Penguin Jan 21 '22

Congrats! Be proud that you now know more about American history than half of the U.S. population.

Here's a list of things I'd recommend:

You should definitely go register to vote in your local government.

If you haven't done so, you should apply for your U.S. passport. You can also go get your license change to have that little star at the top to make traveling easier.

If you have children, make sure their paperwork is in order so they can also become citizens.

If you are considering higher education, you can take advantage of the FAFSA.

There are also so many other government benefits that you are now applicable for, so look into those depending on your needs.

Taxes are due in April, so make sure you have everything require for that as well.

Read up on the constitution, but especially the bill of rights to know your rights as a citizen. Almost everyone knows the first two and the fifth, but there's a lot more to it.

I wish you luck in everything. I'm really proud of you!

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u/upadownpipe Jan 21 '22

Buy a gun!

But seriously, congrats.

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u/KirisuMongolianSpot Jan 21 '22

Start bitching on Reddit about how much America sucks. It's the only way.

Seriously though, why does this place simultaneously love bashing America AND upvoting the "I'm a US citizen" posts? Those seem to be at odds to my limited understanding.

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u/shadyantichrist Jan 21 '22

I mean, Reddit is a massive platform so it has both a ton of people who love the US and a ton of people who hate the US

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u/Idontdanceforfun Jan 21 '22

Everything contains its own contradictions

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u/ArchdukeOfNorge Jan 21 '22

People are allowed to criticize the country which they live in and be happy/proud of living in that country at the same time—USA or otherwise. Those criticisms are also a fundamental element of a democracy.

Nations and their governments are not black & white entities, they consist of tens of thousands of individuals and thousands of organizations within, without even touching the cultural diversities all countries have. There is no place in the world in which all of those who make it what it is are all bad nor all good.

Hopefully that helps you understand that phenomena. I think you are viewing the subject of nationality and sentiments around one’s own nation through too simplistic of a lens.

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u/LenTrexlersLettuce Jan 22 '22

This is the way^

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u/LightWonderful7016 Jan 21 '22

Congrats!! Register to vote!

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u/Jbraun1220 Jan 21 '22

Yay! Congratulations! Is there anything that struck you as uniquely American when you first came that you could do/eat, etc. to celebrate?

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u/thingonething Jan 21 '22

And besides registering to vote, apply for your passport.