On Wednesday morning, those with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services welcomed 20 new citizens to the United States here in Grand Junction.
The candidates came from all over the world, ranging from Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Cambodia and New Zealand.
The naturalization process requires applicants to take a test which includes a reading, writing, and a US civics test.
Though it may be a long journey, those who went through the process said it was well worth it.
“I’ve actually lived even amounts in Australia as I have in the US, but it was actually surprisingly very intense. It’s super emotional,” said Sonia Bekhaazi, who immigrated from Australia.
“We’re living in tough times so I am more confident now and my family is more at peace too,” said Abel Gomez, who immigrated from Mexico.
The Grand Junction Courthouse hosts these naturalization ceremonies every month and they are open to the public.
They encourage anyone to come on down and experience it for themselves.