Citizenship ceremony held in Berkshire County
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STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. -- 23 Berkshire County residents were sworn in as new citizens on Saturday. They are from 16 different countries, including India, Germany, and Vietnam. Governor Patrick said he's proud to be part of this special day.
"It's been a beautiful ceremony, lots of friends here, and a wonderful spirit," said Governor Patrick.
"I came to the U.S. with $1,000 in my pocket, and now I have a family here, a wonderful job, and I'm really glad to know my daughter will be raised in this country," said Tereza Hubkova, a Richmond, Massachusetts resident. "I so appreciated being able to remain in this country."
To obtain U.S. citizenship, a person must have a green card for a minimum of five years, or three years if married to a U.S. citizen. New citizens must also take an exam on U.S. history and civics and demonstrate proficiency in the English language, among other requirements.