ORLANDO, Fla. - In central Florida, 85 people in Orlando took the Oath of Allegiance and are officially United States Citizens Thursday afternoon.
One of those people is Russian-born Dr. Dmitry Kolpashchikov.
The University of Central Florida chemistry professor has earned international acclaim and attracted more than a million dollars in funding for his department but
"It's an overwhelming feeling of being a part of this country, this great country," said Kolpashchikov.
Thirty-four countries were represented at the ceremony.
Ony Nicholas of Haiti thanked the American people.
"It's a pleasure and it's an honor and it's an honor and it's the best day of my life," Nicholas said.
It's a long process. Along with personal interviews under oath, they have to demonstrate understanding of the English language and U.S.
"It's very exciting, quite a lot to get done and exciting and I'm glad I went through the effort to do it," said Chad Doher of Ontario.
"It's been a priority. Always wanted to be a part of this great country," said Lyudmila Martinov of Estonia.