Independence Day is going to be a little more special for several families here in North Texas. Some of their family members became citizens of the United States on Thursday.
The naturalization ceremony was held at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services building in Irving.
During the ceremony, 120 new citizen took the oath of allegiance.
Sammer Tekarli, who was born in Saudi Arabia and grew up in Syria, was one of the new citizen’s sworn in.
"It's an interesting feeling,” said Tekarli. “It's a kind of difficult to describe how happy I am with this process, that it ended, and I’m finally a US citizen."
Those who became citizen on Thursday came from 37 different countries. Some of those countries included Brazil, Congo, India, South Africa, and South Korea.
Along with the 120 new citizens in Irving, approximately 9,000 candidates became citizens on Thursday across the country.
After becoming a permanent resident, the process to become a U.S. citizen is getting shorter.
"It used to take anywhere from 8 to 12 months and maybe even longer, but we are now proud to say it's taking on average around five months,” said USCIS spokesperson Maria Elena Upson, “Which is an incredible short amount of time."
Something different they have asked the new citizens to do this year is to share their memories of Thursday’s ceremony on social media.
You can check out photos and people’s thoughts of the ceremony on Twitter with the hastag #newUScitizen.