Iranian US Army specialist who came to study at Cal State Long Beach becomes US citizen
An Iranian military specialist who studied at California State University, Long Beach, is officially a US citizen.
Vahid Afsharzadeh moved to the United States nine years ago, at the age of 20, to pursue a degree in electrical engineering and joined the military after graduating, according to KABC.
“A career in @The American army offers opportunities for success no matter your background, ”official Army Recruiting Twitter account mentionned in a May 5 article. “Honoring hard work and a supportive family, Iranian-born SPC Vahid Afsharzadeh made his dream of US citizenship come true. Next: Army officer!”
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The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) also tweeted about Afsharzadeh’s recent citizenship.
“Vahid is a member of @The American army. Thanks for your Vahid service and congratulations! The agency tweeted in a May 3 announcement regarding the citizenship of 25 new Americans from 15 countries.
Afsharzadeh told KABC that when he became a permanent resident, he wanted to “give back” what the country had given him.
“And as an immigrant, it is a source of pride for me to wear the uniform,” he said, adding that “it is a great feeling to be part of this nation”, and he “worked so hard for it, to be here.”
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Afsharzadeh’s father was “very supportive,” the army specialist told KABC.
“He was really supportive of the idea of coming to this country, getting an education and joining the army,” Afsharzadeh said.
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His next plans include continuing his military service after graduating with his masters degree and becoming an army officer, according to the outlet. He also advised prospective immigrants coming to the United States to work hard to achieve their dreams.
“It might be difficult at first to be an immigrant and then to settle down. It’s going to take a while, ”he said. “But keep dreaming, keep working hard and I hope your dreams can come true.”