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All-women U.S. citizenship naturalization ceremony takes place in Tampa Bay area

Posted at 5:47 PM, Mar 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-10 17:47:52-05

In a special ceremony dedicated to Women's History Month, nearly five dozen women took the Oath of Allegiance to become American citizens. 

The women represented 27 different countries in a ceremony at the WMU-Cooley Law School in Riverview.

Those women were from:

  • Albania
  • Barbados
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • China, People's Republic of
  • Colombia
  • Cuba
  • Dominican Republic
  • Germany
  • Guatemala
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Jamaica
  • Jordan
  • Korea
  • Liberia
  • Mexico
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • United Kingdom
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Yugoslavia
  • Zambia

Rimma Magdessian of Russia moved to the United States when she was 19. 

It has taken her 22 years to become a citizen, "I can't describe in words, I'm just so happy," she said.

Magdessian has a six-year-old son with her husband whom she met in the U.S.

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