Age is not a limit to apply for US citizenship!


Joaquin Arciago Guzman

At the Los Angeles Convention Center on Wednesday during a touching naturalization ceremony a 102-year-old Filipino man became an American citizen. He is a man who came to California as a teenager in 1928 to pick lettuce and cabbage!

In Tagalog Philippines-born immigrant Joaquin Arciago Guzman said “I’m happy,” after Wednesday’s ceremony, where about 7,300 joined him in taking the citizenship oath.

According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Nationwide only 27 people older than 100 have become U.S. citizens in at least the past 50 years.It might be not very late to apply for US citizenship!

In 1997 the oldest person ever, at 117 years of age, to take the oath to become a U.S. citizen was Manik Bokchalian of the San Fernando Valley community of Van Nuys. Guzman, who now lives in North Hollywood, was 18 when left the Philippines to harvest lettuce and cabbage in the fertile Salinas Valley fields south of San Francisco. Guzman waited so long for Applying for US citizenship for reasons that aren’t clear.

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