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New U.S. citizens sworn in at naturalization ceremony

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Our nation's Independence Day marks the first day of citizenship for dozens of people living here in the Bay Area.

Wednesday, they took the oath at a naturalization ceremony in Ybor City.

The 4th is a day we all like to wave the flag, but for these new citizens it had deep meaning. They'd waited years to stand up, renounce their old country, and swear allegiance to their new one.

It was a hot July day they will never forget, and some wanted to capture and record every second.

After the oath, one by one, their names were called and they were given their new papers -- 41 new citizens from 21 different counties.

Pictures and hugs followed. For many, this day was a long time in the making.

"I love it here. My life is here, I'm getting married this year, I just want to spend the rest of my days in America," said Wayne Bradley, from the United Kingdom.

"I waited 26 and a half years to do it," said Shen Huang, from China.

One of privileges these new citizens are looking forward to is voting, and they wasted no time registering.

Christian Ibarra came here from Mexico seven years ago, and now has a new wife and children.

"If I had been working like this in any other country, even in Mexico, I would not have barely as much as I have here," Ibarra said. "We are so lucky. You guys have a beautiful country."

Gabor Csizmadia, from Hungary, called today one of the most important of his life.

"Becoming an American, it was a long dream 13 years in the making, and it finally came true today. It's a special day, especially it being in the 4th of July," he said.

The naturalization ceremony in Ybor City is part of a larger celebration across the country, an annual event on the 4th of July where thousands of people take the oath, become citizens, and from this day forward, call America home.

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The general requirements for U.S. citizenship include permanent residency for at least 5 years, a basic understanding of U.S. history, and also being able to read, write and speak basic English.

Applicants must pass an oral, multiple choice quiz before becoming citizens. They are asked ten questions from a list of 100 possible questions, and they must get six of them correct.

Could you pass the test? Click on the link below to find out.

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