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50 people from 28 countries will become US citizens at ceremony in Mentor

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Posted at 8:03 AM, Jul 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-05 12:07:05-04

MENTOR, Ohio — Fifty people from 28 countries will become U.S. citizens at a ceremony at the James A. Garfield National Historic Site in Mentor on Friday.

From Mexico to Jamaica to Greece and Vietnam, each person took a different path to get here. Applicants go through a rigorous process, including interviews and the requirement of passing a citzenship test.

The naturalization ceremony will be a new beginning for them.

Earlier this year, a study ranked Cleveland as the No. 1 place for naturalization, featuring the country’s shortest wait time for processing, highest backlog clearance rate, and the most efficient field office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

After the ceremony, groups like Global Cleveland connect new citizens with opportunities.

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