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99-year-old Daibai becomes newest US citizen; age is just a number, says USCIS

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Orlando, FL, April 7, 2024: In a heartwarming ceremony at the USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) office in Orlando, Florida, age proved to be merely a number as 99-year-old Daibai, hailing from India, embraced her newfound American citizenship.

“They say age is just a number. That seems true for this lively 99-year-old who became a #NewUSCitizen in our Orlando office. Daibai is from India and was excited to take the Oath of Allegiance. She’s pictured with her daughter and our officer who swore her in. Congrats Daibai,” USCIS said in a post on X (formerly Twitter).

Several comments to the post highlighted Daibai’s journey as emblematic of the lengthy wait endured by many applicants for a green card, particularly those from India.

The green card backlog, a persistent issue within the U.S. immigration framework, has disproportionately affected individuals from countries like India, where demand for visas often exceeds the annual quota allotted by immigration laws. As a result, many aspiring immigrants endure extensive waiting periods, sometimes spanning several years, before they can obtain lawful permanent residency.

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