A patriotic moment for 23 future Americans

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Almost two dozen people will get quite a gift this holiday season.  They'll be in the federal courthouse in downtown Gulfport to take the oath of citizenship.

The 23 applicants will be in Judge Louis Guirola's courtroom Wednesday, November 19. Judge Guirola often officiates at naturalization ceremonies. He always makes them meaningful moments for the men and women who are about to become United States citizens.

How does somebody qualify to become a U.S. citizen?  Here are four bullet points found on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website:

  • You have been a permanent resident for at least 5 years and meet all other eligibility requirements,
  • You have been a permanent resident for 3 years or more and meet all eligibility requirements to file as a spouse of a U.S. citizen,
  • You have qualifying service in the U.S. armed forces and meet all other eligibility requirements.
  • Your child may qualify for naturalization if you are a U.S. citizen, the child was born outside the U.S., the child is currently residing outside the U.S., and all other eligibility requirements are met.

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