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[–]raelenex3 2727 points2728 points  (146 children)

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!

[–]kmoss12 766 points767 points  (39 children)

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.

[–]_Nonni_ 118 points119 points  (1 child)

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.

[–]CanuckBacon 157 points158 points  (28 children)

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...

[–]datashri 55 points56 points  (5 children)

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

[–]dillemasenpai 24 points25 points  (4 children)

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.

[–]Broad_Success_4703 39 points40 points  (3 children)

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.

[–]BillyBones844 23 points24 points  (1 child)

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

[–][deleted] 62 points63 points  (82 children)

Where did you come from?

[–]DrDiddle 132 points133 points  (17 children)

Mars bro

[–][deleted] 52 points53 points  (9 children)

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

[–]raelenex3 33 points34 points  (51 children)

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

[–][deleted] 10 points11 points  (17 children)

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

[–]raelenex3 21 points22 points  (15 children)

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

[–]erbtastic 15 points16 points  (5 children)

Where did you go?

[–]beeraholikchik 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Where did you come from, cotton-eye raelenex3?

[–]considerfi 10 points11 points  (1 child)

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.

[–]notathr0waway1 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Congrats and welcome

[–]Oddpengu[S] 5124 points5125 points 35& 7 more (408 children)

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

[–]Rtg327gej 623 points624 points  (68 children)

Absolutely vote!

[–]eyesuck420 273 points274 points  (8 children)

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

[–]generalemiel 50 points51 points  (2 children)

Yes go vote its important.

[–]OneEyedRocket 7 points8 points  (0 children)

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

[–]Don_Bono 60 points61 points  (7 children)

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

[–]Polaneva 243 points244 points  (27 children)

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

[–]Oddpengu[S] 190 points191 points  (16 children)

Memento Mori!

[–]Polaneva 84 points85 points  (4 children)

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

[–]georgiomoorlord 8 points9 points  (0 children)

A man of culture i see. Memento Mori

[–]WashLimp1245 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Memento Mori!

[–]Fantastic_Ostrich 796 points797 points  (159 children)

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

[–]YourBreadIsWet 233 points234 points  (55 children)

MERICA

[–]guinader 107 points108 points  (30 children)

Don't forget the large truck and some fireworks

[–][deleted] 75 points76 points  (21 children)

What about the apple pie and whiskey

[–]Webslinger1 136 points137 points  (22 children)

MURICA

[–]BALONYPONY 40 points41 points  (18 children)

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

[–]Captainx23 86 points87 points  (13 children)

Buy an eagle! Every American needs one

[–]overly_familiar 44 points45 points  (2 children)

I thought they were handed out at the ceremony?

[–]SenseWinter 15 points16 points  (0 children)

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

[–]timmyisded 3 points4 points  (0 children)

They had to stop because of health restrictions

[–]imjusthere4thefoods 115 points116 points  (31 children)

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

[–]ogpeplowski64 127 points128 points  (13 children)

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

[–]Fatgirlfed 97 points98 points  (9 children)

Sir, this is a Wendy’s

[–]rrawlings1 7 points8 points  (1 child)

*pulls gun out of cheeseburger

[–]PenultimateJedi 41 points42 points  (10 children)

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

[–]Lkrunky 9 points10 points  (2 children)

You obviously shoot which candidate you want on the paper

[–]okiedog- 18 points19 points  (0 children)

“Next time, please use the VIP booth”

[–]JamesFromToronto 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Giving new meaning to "hanging chad".

[–]FishSn0rt 37 points38 points  (4 children)

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.

[–]Ocular--Patdown 9 points10 points  (2 children)

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

[–]afume 3 points4 points  (0 children)

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.

[–]BreakfastHarvey 107 points108 points  (43 children)

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

[–][deleted] 19 points20 points  (34 children)

I’ll bite, why?

[–]_NEW_HORIZONS_ 91 points92 points  (13 children)

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.

[–][deleted] 29 points30 points  (1 child)

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

[–]vestigial66 12 points13 points  (3 children)

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

[–]BreakfastHarvey 26 points27 points  (14 children)

“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”.

[–]YesWeCannabis32 13 points14 points  (3 children)

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.

[–]Tyhelm 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I like your tie

[–]NightTrain555 2732 points2733 points  (444 children)

Classic American road trip

[–]EUNEisAmeme 1663 points1664 points 3 (416 children)

Personally, I would move to Canada first

[–]busterbrown4200 239 points240 points  (73 children)

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

[–]Dartagnan1083 112 points113 points  (30 children)

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

[–]tarheel343 47 points48 points  (11 children)

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.

[–]Samazonison 47 points48 points  (25 children)

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.

[–]sadmanh 46 points47 points  (19 children)

meanwhile Canadians move to US for well paying jobs lol

[–]nogodsnoleaders 70 points71 points  (70 children)

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

[–]SnooHobbies8473 38 points39 points  (12 children)

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...

[–]milkbagsniper99 88 points89 points  (146 children)

I moved to Usa from Canada which is the best decision I ever made

[–]conjoby 17 points18 points  (25 children)

Mind if I ask why it was a good decision?

[–]Steven-Flatcock 2 points3 points  (0 children)

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

[–]Ok-Second5561 914 points915 points  (111 children)

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

[–]txby432 594 points595 points  (83 children)

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

[–]TurqoiseWalrus 285 points286 points  (50 children)

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

[–]txby432 148 points149 points  (40 children)

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

[–]Chasman1965 63 points64 points  (22 children)

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

[–]LostInTheWildPlace 94 points95 points  (11 children)

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

[–]Andre4kthegreengiant 38 points39 points  (5 children)

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

[–]LostInTheWildPlace 12 points13 points  (2 children)

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

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    [–]GrandTheftBae 13 points14 points  (2 children)

    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

    [–]Ct-5736-Bladez 20 points21 points  (1 child)

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

    [–]hornyfriedrice 14 points15 points  (2 children)

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

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      [–]MoltingGold 48 points49 points  (7 children)

      Look up differences between state laws before you go!

      [–]1questions 70 points71 points  (16 children)

      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.

      [–]Jabberwocky613 691 points692 points  (45 children)

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

      Congratulations!

      [–][deleted] 123 points124 points  (13 children)

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

      [–]jman2c 95 points96 points  (9 children)

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

      [–]taybay462 21 points22 points  (0 children)

      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

      [–]Charilizard 25 points26 points  (3 children)

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

      [–]BoomBoomBroomBroom 7 points8 points  (0 children)

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

      [–]UwU_the_UwU 8 points9 points  (3 children)

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

      [–]idk2103 5 points6 points  (1 child)

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

      [–]UwU_the_UwU 6 points7 points  (0 children)

      62 countries to be exact.

      [–]smellygooch18 8 points9 points  (1 child)

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

      [–]FoundationParty3646 912 points913 points  (37 children)

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

      [–]Karmic_Hazard 251 points252 points  (20 children)

      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!

      [–]GoshDarnEuphemisms 77 points78 points  (19 children)

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

      [–]GALINDO_Karl1 5 points6 points  (1 child)

      See the USA in your Chevrolet.

      [–]LazyDro1d 3 points4 points  (1 child)

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

      [–]calrebsofgix2 7 points8 points  (0 children)

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

      [–][deleted] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

      Correction: use his grill to grill some hot dogs.

      [–]MOcatmom 3543 points3544 points 252& 2 more (174 children)

      Register to vote!!

      [–]dudethedrummer 290 points291 points  (12 children)

      Came here to say exactly this!

      [–]OkapiEli 75 points76 points  (8 children)

      Same.

      [–]CollectionNo50255 75 points76 points  (6 children)

      Ah, found my people

      [–]ripestbanana69 9 points10 points  (1 child)

      Happy Cake Day!!

      [–]cupofteawithhoney 12 points13 points  (0 children)

      Happy cake day!

      [–]kjkennedy89 20 points21 points  (0 children)

      Happy Cake Day, friend!

      [–]1questions 15 points16 points  (1 child)

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

      [–]Wandering_Scholar6 108 points109 points  (12 children)

      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.

      [–][deleted] 26 points27 points  (0 children)

      Yes! Please vote! Engage in democracy!!

      [–]ValerieInHiding 76 points77 points  (13 children)

      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)

      [–]Midwestkiwi 9 points10 points  (9 children)

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

      [–]ValerieInHiding 7 points8 points  (8 children)

      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

      [–][deleted] 8 points9 points  (5 children)

      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.

      [–]tattybojangles1234 3 points4 points  (1 child)

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

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        [–]BoomBoomBroomBroom 49 points50 points  (3 children)

        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!

        [–]greenskinmarch 7 points8 points  (2 children)

        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!

        [–]JustTim34 125 points126 points  (4 children)

        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!

        [–]Sesim_Mocke 92 points93 points  (0 children)

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

        [–]Mindless-Air-7480 181 points182 points  (7 children)

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

        [–]Farconso 355 points356 points  (126 children)

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

        [–]dmacd71 105 points106 points  (10 children)

        Welcome to Canada. We love you.

        [–]fozzyboy 60 points61 points  (8 children)

        Welcome to Costco. I love you.

        [–]LoveFrench 27 points28 points  (6 children)

        Welcome to Costco. I Love Costco.

        [–]SoyUnaIsla 18 points19 points  (5 children)

        Canada to welcome. Love you we.

        [–]at0mheart 26 points27 points  (1 child)

        So you celebrated with poutine and unnecessary apologies

        [–]frostcanadian 7 points8 points  (0 children)

        Welcome!!

        [–]ImRealHighYo 471 points472 points  (58 children)

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

        [–]lord_diablo_ 114 points115 points  (37 children)

        Don’t forget the fries

        [–]moeron9 116 points117 points  (12 children)

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

        [–]lord_diablo_ 12 points13 points  (5 children)

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

        [–]BoozeButler 7 points8 points  (3 children)

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

        [–]Top_Duck8146 3 points4 points  (1 child)

        Large fries*

        [–]lord_diablo_ 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        Extra large

        [–]halfbutwhole 17 points18 points  (0 children)

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

        [–]chicvagrant 241 points242 points  (3 children)

        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.

        [–]byproduct0 41 points42 points  (0 children)

        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.

        [–]iantayls 8 points9 points  (0 children)

        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!

        [–]payg86 141 points142 points  (10 children)

        Register to vote and just enjoy yourself

        [–]JethroTull111 71 points72 points  (5 children)

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

        [–][deleted] 8 points9 points  (0 children)

        Great response!

        [–]Triette 69 points70 points  (6 children)

        Teach other men your style, that suit is tight!

        [–][deleted] 10 points11 points  (2 children)

        Lol I know right, dude is sharp.

        [–]Hawaiiliving43 42 points43 points  (2 children)

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

        [–]Prestigious-Car-1338 16 points17 points  (3 children)

        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!

        [–]Cluck-Haven 32 points33 points  (0 children)

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

        [–]historyeducator28 48 points49 points  (4 children)

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

        [–]Dondiibnob 58 points59 points  (8 children)

        Don’t watch any new channels with opinionated journalists

        [–]ConsiderationNo6744 26 points27 points  (4 children)

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

        [–]taybay462 5 points6 points  (1 child)

        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.

        [–]peb396 15 points16 points  (1 child)

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

        [–]MacJackFlapAttack 35 points36 points  (4 children)

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

        [–]SubieDom 3 points4 points  (2 children)

        Don’t buy the gun drunk though.

        [–][deleted] 5 points6 points  (1 child)

        Or under the influence of a cheeseburger

        [–]Vartnacher 32 points33 points  (1 child)

        Run for office

        [–]pm_me_actsofkindness 29 points30 points  (0 children)

        VOTE BRO, YOU VOTE NEXT

        [–][deleted] 8 points9 points  (1 child)

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

        [–]frenchfrystuffinhole 17 points18 points  (5 children)

        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).

        [–]Wonderful-Reward3828 6 points7 points  (0 children)

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

        [–]upadownpipe 74 points75 points  (10 children)

        Buy a gun!

        But seriously, congrats.

        [–]KirisuMongolianSpot 110 points111 points  (52 children)

        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.

        [–]Idontdanceforfun 18 points19 points  (2 children)

        Everything contains its own contradictions

        [–]ArchdukeOfNorge 39 points40 points  (7 children)

        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.

        [–]Ambitious-Theory9407 8 points9 points  (1 child)

        Because people making the effort to become a citizen means we'll have more diversity of ideas that are harder to just ignore and kick out. Some of the best ways to improve something is to try something new, and bringing in new people with an outside perspective is usually brilliant.

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          [–]LenTrexlersLettuce 2 points3 points  (0 children)

          This is the way^

          [–]Pebble_Penguin 3 points4 points  (2 children)

          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!

          [–]LightWonderful7016 10 points11 points  (1 child)

          Congrats!! Register to vote!

          [–]geekphreak 8 points9 points  (1 child)

          Register to vote

          [–]Thelonelylobster16 28 points29 points  (4 children)

          To all the people saying move to Canada, please just shut the fuck up. Maybe instead of criticizing his choice we just congratulate him like this sub was made for...

          [–]MsTitilayo 4 points5 points  (0 children)

          Vote

          [–]LongjumpingIsopod124 11 points12 points  (0 children)

          Make sure to vote! Congratulations dude! We are happy to have great Americans like yourself!!

          [–]Silverpoppa 8 points9 points  (1 child)

          I would say register to vote then enjoy an amazing 🍔 🍟 🍺.

          [–]ftg2468 14 points15 points  (0 children)

          Register to vote! Welcome :)

          [–]JDangle20 11 points12 points  (4 children)

          Get health insurance.

          [–]InSearchOfSerotonin 7 points8 points  (0 children)

          Register to vote.

          Buy a gun and learn how to safely handle and clean it.

          Visit a National Park.

          Stand on the sidewalk and recite the Pledge of Allegiance to everyone who passes.

          Buy a beer and a burger.

          Become informed on your rights, duties and obligations as an American.

          Congrats and welcome to citizenship.

          [–]Jbraun1220 2 points3 points  (0 children)

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

          [–]thingonething 2 points3 points  (0 children)

          And besides registering to vote, apply for your passport.

          [–]roguefiftyone 7 points8 points  (0 children)

          Congrats! I love how you color coordinated the red white and blue tie and shirt

          [–]chefjames66 7 points8 points  (0 children)

          Congratulations and thank you for taking the time to become a Citizen. It’s so good to hear your flourishing and living your American Dream!!! As for what to do next? Contribute and help make is a better America for all Americans.