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« on: May 21, 2010, 05:49:54 PM »

Dear folks,

My wife Lesya and I are scheduled to take the Oath of Allegiance and to become naturalized US citizens on June 16, 2010. I would greatly appreciate your prayers in this important moment of our lives.

It was a very difficult, at some point painful decision for us to make when we began to think about applying for the US citizenship. Both Lesya and I are very staunch, diehard patriots of our country of birth, Ukraine. And, unfortunately, Ukraine does not recognize dual citizenship. So we will have to give up our Ukrainian passports and from June 16 on we will be officially foreigners in the country we were born and raised.

But we still decided to do it. We love Ukraine and we will always love her. Yet, anyhow we have not been doing anything as Ukrainian citizens during the last two decades. We tried to get our names into the register of voters for the Ukrainian parliament members and for the Ukrainian President three times - but each time the procedure turned out so complicated that our names were never included into the roll, and we never voted. And the more we live here, the more we feel like we have to do something as citizens HERE, like vote, or serve on a jury duty. Being Ukrainian citizens on paper does not allow us to be actual citizens in the place where we really happen to live.

To be honest, it's also a matter of convenience and comfort. It is much easier to travel with an American passport than with a Ukrainian one. And, given the recent dramatic events in the political scene in Ukraine, things such as the membership of Ukraine in the European Union and the lifting on travel restrictions look really, really bleak...

But we are not total opportunists. We are critical to certain things that we see here in the USA, as many of you certainly know. But I meant it when I said that I appreciate the USA as a meritocracy. It really IS a land of opportunity, it really DOES have a fair and reasonable social order (not flawless as it is), and we DO love this country for that.

Sorry if this was a long post, especially for the Prayer Forum. Many thanks in advance for your prayers and for all your help and support.
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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2010, 06:09:03 PM »

Many years!
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« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2010, 06:46:03 PM »

Congratulations!
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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2010, 06:48:11 PM »


Congratulations!

Many years!

...it is truly great to be an American of Ukrainian heritage!

Welcome to the club!


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« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2010, 07:59:23 PM »

Congratulations and Many Years, dear friend and brother!!   Smiley

Also, if I may add, this country is one of the greatest because of legal immigrants such as yourself and family!!
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« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2010, 08:01:44 PM »

Congrats on joining the greatest country on the planet! You are entering a very special and elite group of people! Yes, I'm joking, but congrats nonetheless Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2010, 11:03:05 PM »

Congratulations!
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« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2010, 01:19:34 AM »

May it be blessed!
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« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2010, 05:09:31 PM »

Congratulations and good luck. You will still be Ukrainian inside, as well as American!
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« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2010, 05:30:01 PM »

Lord have mercy! God grant you many years, and congratulations! Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2010, 01:42:15 PM »

Lord, have mercy!
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« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2010, 07:55:56 PM »

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« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2010, 10:42:28 PM »

All the best to you both, Heorhij.   Smiley It was a hard decision for you, I can tell.
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« Reply #13 on: May 28, 2010, 02:27:24 PM »

Post discussing Ukrainian politics split off and moved to Politics:  http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,27934.0.html

Please do not post political commentary on any of the public boards, especially not on the Prayer Forum, a place reserved solely for our prayers.  Thank you.
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« Reply #14 on: May 30, 2010, 05:31:58 PM »

Post discussing Ukrainian politics split off and moved to Politics:  http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,27934.0.html

Please do not post political commentary on any of the public boards, especially not on the Prayer Forum, a place reserved solely for our prayers.  Thank you.


Many thanks to al who replied, many thanks for your prayers, and Lesya's and my special thanks to our dear Father Chris for his blessing. Father, we kiss your right hand and we can't wait till we see you on the second Saturday of this coming June.

I am sorry for the unwarranted political comments.
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« Reply #15 on: June 07, 2010, 09:56:03 AM »

Lord, have mercy.
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« Reply #16 on: June 07, 2010, 12:58:52 PM »

Congratulations. You will be in my prayers.
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« Reply #17 on: June 08, 2010, 09:58:29 AM »

Congratulations, and many years! The United States is truly fortunate to have you and your family among our citizens.
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« Reply #18 on: June 17, 2010, 09:07:20 AM »

Thank you all for your prayers and good wishes. Lesya and I became naturalized US citizens yesterday. Our daughter, Maryana, also became a US citizen, her ceremony was in Boston and just a few days before ours (which was in Memphis, TN). We have already applied for US passports so that we can make our first trip to Ukraine as "Amerikantsi." Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: June 17, 2010, 09:31:37 AM »

Congratulations!
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« Reply #20 on: June 17, 2010, 09:32:36 AM »

Congratulations!  Many years to you and your dear family!
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« Reply #21 on: June 17, 2010, 10:57:57 AM »

Mnohaya Litya! God grant you many years!
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« Reply #22 on: June 17, 2010, 12:54:11 PM »

Mnogaja Ljeta, Congratulations to the Whole Family....... Grin
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« Reply #23 on: June 17, 2010, 07:34:19 PM »

Congratulations to you both!
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« Reply #24 on: June 20, 2010, 04:59:35 PM »

Congrats! I now how difficult immigration processing can be!
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« Reply #25 on: June 21, 2010, 02:45:55 AM »

I'm a bit late to the party, but congratulations and many years!
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