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Saturday, January 25, 2020

Royals star Pérez becomes US Citizen at team’s fan event

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Already a World Series MVP, six-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove catcher, Salvador Pérez became something else when he stepped onto the main stage at the Kansas City Royals’ annual FanFest: a U.S. citizen.

Pérez took his oath of citizenship on Friday, the completion of a five-year process that he described as long and difficult, but well worth it.

“I would rather be in the World Series, bases loaded, two outs, 3-2, hitting than go through that again,” he said. “I was shaking and my eyes were super big. But it was fun.”

“Becoming a U.S. citizen is great,” said Pérez, who was born and raised in Venezuela.

 

QLE Posted: January 25, 2020 at 12:59 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: citizenship, royals, salvador perez

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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 25, 2020 at 11:43 AM (#5919241)
They asked people in the crowd some of the citizenship questions and not many were answered correctly. Congrats to Salvy, he is a wonderful addition to this country.
   2. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: January 25, 2020 at 12:27 PM (#5919251)
Good for him.
   3. Hot Wheeling American Posted: January 25, 2020 at 02:01 PM (#5919261)
Good for this country.
   4. The Yankee Clapper Posted: January 25, 2020 at 06:28 PM (#5919275)
For those wishing to compare their civics knowledge to that of Salvador Perez, the USCIS practice test.
   5. "RMc", the superbatsman Posted: January 25, 2020 at 07:47 PM (#5919283)
Got 'em all right (although I'll admit I guessed about when the Constitution was written).
   6. Zonk Hasn't Learned his Aspirational Lesson Posted: January 26, 2020 at 11:03 AM (#5919340)
I think the practice test randomizes -- I got 20/20 twice, but different questions each time -- the test really isn't the hard part... anyone who paid even a moderate amount of attention in HS civics/government/history classes ought to be able to pass it (which, of course, means roughly half the native-born country would fail). You also have to take an English test (that again, I think half the native-born country would fail... despite the fact that it's fairly light on proper conjugation and the like).

A friend of mine was naturalized about 5 years ago - his family was part-owner of what might be called a Japanese Dunder Mifflin, and they had immigrated when he was about 4.... There's a 5 year legal resident requirement - which he had met as a child, but foolishly put off the paperwork (which is fairly extensive) and cost (which isn't cheap - close to a grand) while he was in HS/college. I say foolishly because there's ALSO a requirement that one NOT travel outside the country for more than 6 months during the 5 year period prior to application and he was posted internationally for several jobs.

In any case, the tests really aren't the hard part... It's all the stuff that goes along with it. In addition to the biometrics appointment (fingerprinting, etc) and the background check - there's also an interview about "moral character" which, apparently, can be either pro forma... or not. THEN, the exams.... it's a multi-year process even after you meet the initial application requirements and get started.
   7. manchestermets Posted: January 26, 2020 at 11:56 AM (#5919342)
20/20 on the US test, and only 21/24 on the UK test. Better get packing my bags I suppose.
   8. Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: January 26, 2020 at 12:03 PM (#5919343)
The moral character test from what I was told by an immigration attorney I worked with (I handled immigration activity for my company for many years) isn't really that bad. Admittedly I was dealing with white collar folks from India and China predominately but she said you have to really cross a line to have a problem meeting that test. We had one guy get a DUI and the poor guy was a wreck when he told me, literally in tears. The attorney told him not to worry about it for two seconds and he has his green card now. As I understand it the moral character test becomes an issue only if you are committing a felony. The one thing that can trip people up is drug busts which can quickly rise to felony status depending on what and how much you have.
   9. Brian C Posted: January 26, 2020 at 12:11 PM (#5919345)
Neil Young posted a few months ago that his citizenship application was delayed because of the "good moral character" issue, due to his drug history. But the other day he followed up that he was now a citizen, so apparently it was more of an annoyance than an actual issue.
   10. Gary Truth Serum Posted: January 27, 2020 at 02:10 PM (#5919641)
Neil Young posted a few months ago that his citizenship application was delayed because of the "good moral character" issue, due to his drug history. But the other day he followed up that he was now a citizen, so apparently it was more of an annoyance than an actual issue.

I think this was because a southern man administered the first test.

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