Tuesday was a day filled with emotion at the Delco Center in East Austin when people from some 80 countries became U.S. citizens.
Federal Judge Lee Yeakel presided over the hour-long ceremony, handing about 1,000 people a certificate stating they were American citizens.
A Bosnian woman by the name of Zvezdana Stojakovic was thrilled about her accomplishment—it took her 14 years, one month and 11 days to obtain citizenship.
"I don't think you can explain it in words, unless you have been through the process, and so many people work and there are so many steps, that it is just such a relief to be at this spot and know that now I am just one of the citizens like everyone else here," she said.
For many of the new Americans, their first act as a U.S. citizen was registering to vote. Various voters’ organizations were on hand to make sure they left as registered voters.
Among the qualifications to become a citizen, they all had to be at least 18 years old, hold a green card and have lived in the United States for at least five years.
They also had to pass a civics test, and many of the questions on that test cover the history of our country. Click here to check out a sample test.