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Ifeozuwa Oyaniyi, 5, born in Nigeria, holds flags

Ifeozuwa Oyaniyi, 5, born in Nigeria, holds flags given to him by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office while waiting to receive his citizenship certificate in New York City. His father, Oluwaseyi Oyaniyi, is a housing inspector, and the family lives in the Bronx. (Feb. 19, 2013) Photo Credit: Getty Images

Here are portraits of some of the almost 300 foreign-born children of naturalized immigrants who recently received citizenship certificates at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in New York City. Children of naturalized immigrants eventually can receive U.S. citizenship if they arrived in the country as a minor, but they must go through a process at USCIS to receive official citizenship documents. (Feb. 19, 2013)

Ifeozuwa Oyaniyi, 5, born in Nigeria, holds flags
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Ifeozuwa Oyaniyi, 5, born in Nigeria, holds flags given to him by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office while waiting to receive his citizenship certificate in New York City. His father, Oluwaseyi Oyaniyi, is a housing inspector, and the family lives in the Bronx. (Feb. 19, 2013)

Layla Hussain Nasher, 11, whose family moved from
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Layla Hussain Nasher, 11, whose family moved from Yemen to Newburgh, awaits her U.S. citizenship certificate at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in New York City. (Feb. 19, 2013)

High school senior Denis Dikarev, 17, stands with
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High school senior Denis Dikarev, 17, stands with his brother, 8-year-old third-grader Timothy Dikarev, while they wait for their citizenship certificates at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in New York City. The brothers were born in Russia and their father, Alexy Dikarev, a naturalized American from Russia, is a maintenance worker. The family lives in Brooklyn. (Feb. 19, 2013)

Kimecia Hernandez, 18, born in Trinidad and Tobago,
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Kimecia Hernandez, 18, born in Trinidad and Tobago, awaits her U.S. citizenship certificate at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in New York City. Kimecia, a special education student, lives in Brooklyn with her mother, Jennifer Hernandez, a registered nurse. (Feb. 19, 2013)

From left, Juan Vasquez, 17, and his brother,
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From left, Juan Vasquez, 17, and his brother, David Vasquez, 18, both of the Dominican Republic, await their U.S. citizenship certificates at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in New York City. They live in the Bronx with their mother, Maria Arias, who works in a restaurant. (Feb. 19, 2013)

Ninth-grader Shifa Jahan, 14, who was born in
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Ninth-grader Shifa Jahan, 14, who was born in Bangladesh, waits to take the oath of allegiance to the United States at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in New York City. Her father, Mohammed Firoz, is a naturalized American from Bangladesh working in construction, and they live in Brooklyn. (Feb. 19, 2013)

Eighth-grader Anastasiya Varanetskaya, 13, born in Ukraine, waits
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Eighth-grader Anastasiya Varanetskaya, 13, born in Ukraine, waits for her U.S. citizenship certificate at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in New York City. Her mother, naturalized U.S. citizen Nataliya Varanetskaya, is a medical professional, and they live in Brooklyn. (Feb. 19, 2013)

Fifth-grader Theodore Poncer, 10, born in France, holds
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Fifth-grader Theodore Poncer, 10, born in France, holds his hand as for the oath of allegiance while awaiting his U.S. citizenship certificate at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in New York City. His mother is a marketing consultant, and the family lives in New York City. (Feb. 19, 2013)

Issa Nasher, 12, whose family emigrated from Yemen
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Issa Nasher, 12, whose family emigrated from Yemen to Newburgh, awaits his U.S. citizenship certificate at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in New York City. (Feb. 19, 2013)

Layla Hussain Nasher, 11, whose family immigrated to
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Layla Hussain Nasher, 11, whose family immigrated to Newburgh from Yemen, awaits her U.S. U.S. citizenship certificate at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in New York City. (Feb. 19, 2013)

Second-grader Maria Rahman, 7, born in Bangladesh, holds
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Second-grader Maria Rahman, 7, born in Bangladesh, holds a flag given to her by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services while waiting to receive her citizenship certificate in New York City. Her younger sister, Mayisah Rahman, 3, was born in the United States. Her father, Mizanur Rahman, a taxi driver, is a naturalized American from Bangladesh, and the family lives in the Bronx. (Feb. 19, 2013)

From left, third-grader Nolelis Almanzar, 9, and her
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From left, third-grader Nolelis Almanzar, 9, and her sister, second-grader Noreamy Almanzar, 7, both of the Dominican Republic, wait for U.S. citizenship certificates at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in New York City. Their father, naturalized citizen Norberto Almanzar, is a taxi driver, and the family lives in the Bronx. (Feb. 19, 2013)

Otis Hemmings, 41, born in Jamaica, waits to
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Otis Hemmings, 41, born in Jamaica, waits to receive his U.S. citizenship certificate at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in New York City. He said he was brought to the United States by his parents when he was 7 years old but waited decades to apply for his U.S. citizenship papers. (Feb. 19, 2013)

Junilsa Vasquez, 14, of the Dominican Republic, prepares
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Junilsa Vasquez, 14, of the Dominican Republic, prepares to take her oath of allegiance to the United States at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in New York City. She lives in the Bronx with her mother, Maria Arias, who works in a restaurant. (Feb. 19, 2013)

Neswima Akter, 9, who emigrated with her parents
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Neswima Akter, 9, who emigrated with her parents from Bangladesh to Brooklyn, awaits her U.S. citizenship certificate at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in New York City. Her father, Zamal Uddan, is a construction worker. (Feb. 19, 2013)

Bushra Salawu, 18, born in Nigeria, prepares to
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Bushra Salawu, 18, born in Nigeria, prepares to take the oath of allegiance to the United States at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in New York City. The senior at the Bronx Preparatory Charter School lives in the Bronx. (Feb. 19, 2013)

Eighth-grader Mike Radhames Guzman, 13, waits to U.S.
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Eighth-grader Mike Radhames Guzman, 13, waits to U.S. citizenship certificate at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in New York City. He emigrated from the Dominican Republic to the Bronx with his mother, who is a teacher's assistant and naturalized citizen. (Feb. 19, 2013)

First-grader Angelica Kudsi, 7, born in the Philippines,
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First-grader Angelica Kudsi, 7, born in the Philippines, waits for her U.S. citizenship certificate at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in New York City. Her mother, a naturalized citizen, works as a registered nurse, and they live in Yonkers. (Feb. 19, 2013)

First-grader Moussa Doucovre, 6, born in Senegal, waves
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First-grader Moussa Doucovre, 6, born in Senegal, waves flags given to him by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services while waiting to receive his citizenship certificate in New York City. His father, a naturalized citizen, works in retail in the Bronx. (Feb. 19, 2013)

Wahid Rashid, 4, born in Bangladesh, waits to
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Wahid Rashid, 4, born in Bangladesh, waits to receive his U.S. citizenship certificate at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in New York City. His father, naturalized citizen Hamidur Rashid, is a software engineer, and the family lives in Manhattan. (Feb. 19, 2013)

Ifeozuwa Oyaniyi, 5, born in Nigeria, waits to
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Ifeozuwa Oyaniyi, 5, born in Nigeria, waits to receive his U.S. citizenship certificate at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in New York City. His father, Oluwaseyi Oyaniyi, is a housing inspector, and the family lives in the Bronx. (Feb. 19, 2013)

Sixth-grader Maximilian Poncer, 12, born in France, holds
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Sixth-grader Maximilian Poncer, 12, born in France, holds his hand as for the oath of allegiance while awaiting his U.S. citizenship certificate at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in New York City. His mother is a marketing consultant, and the family lives in New York City. (Feb. 19, 2013)

Haadiya Adnan, 5, born in Pakistan, waits to
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Haadiya Adnan, 5, born in Pakistan, waits to receive her U.S. citizenship certificate at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in New York City. Her father, naturalized citizen Adnan Chaudry, is a taxi driver, and the family lives in Brooklyn. (Feb. 19, 2013)

Seventh-grader Mohammed Tamim, 12, and his brother, first-grader
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Seventh-grader Mohammed Tamim, 12, and his brother, first-grader Mohammed Talha, 6, both of Bangladesh, await their U.S. citizenship certificates at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in New York City. Their father Mohammed Firoz, is a naturalized American who works in construction in Brooklyn. (Feb. 19, 2013)

Second-grader Nestor Montilla, 8, born in the Dominican
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Second-grader Nestor Montilla, 8, born in the Dominican Republic, awaits his U.S. citizenship certificate at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in New York City. He lives in the Bronx with his father, who works as a street vendor and is a naturalized citizen. (Feb. 19, 2013)

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