That must be why he's been horrible the past few years. Studying for the test!
Maybe now that he has that off his back he can return to blocking
shots, steals, and scoring. Stuff he hasn't done since he received his max
contract 7 years ago...
Congrats to Andrei and his family. I am happy we can welcome legal immigrants to
this nation and am proud they became citizens.
Andrei is my favorite player on the Jazz. I hope the Jazz keep them in Utah.
Congrats. to both them. He's a class act.
Amen "We the People"!
Congrats to AK and his family.
So he didn't just come here illegally, stay here illegally, and justify it all
as him helping his family?I say muy bien AK
Congrats to AK and family. We're glad you're here.
Good grief people, can we not stay on topic?Congrats, Andre! A duel
U.S. and Russian citizen? Who would have dreamed about that 30 years ago? Times
have changed, and in this case, for the better.
Congrats Andrei. Welcome to the sinking Obama ship.
Congratulations to the Kirilenkos. Andrei is one of the coolest guys on the
planet, and to have him as a fellow U.S. citizen, for me, is just incredible.
Peace out from the Jazz Oracle!
@NPHow many illigal immigrants make 17 million dollars a year even once,
let alone the last 6 years? How many illigal immigrants wives are pop music
sensations in their home country? Also note that Andrei has been in the country
for 10 years. With that said congrats to And. It is nice that he likes the US
enough to become a citizen.
Way to go AK! Congratulations! GO JAZZ!!
Welcome Andrei. And don't worry about his country sinking. Even
Obama can't destroy this country no matter how much he tries.This is
the home of freedom. We welcome those who are willing to come to our country
legally and be good citizens.
It's pretty easy to get into the US when you have a job with an American company
(Utah Jazz) making $17 million a year. Now try getting a VISA if you intend to
come to America to find work as a Janitor ...Congrats Andrei that is
great news for you and your family.
Congrats to AK and family. Keep studying the Constitution. Heaven knows nobody
in DC does. Go Lakers!
My dream is that Chris B take the citizenship test, and gets deported...Andrei, America is a great place, with a rich history, just like Russia.
We welcome you, along with the other new citizens with open arms, and a wish
that all that you can dream comes true.Congratulations to you and
your wife on this incredible day. America is a great country, a
beacon on the hill. Russia also has a great culture. How lucky you and your
family are.Good luck as you begin on your new journey!!!
I bet over half of our elected officials couldn't pass the citizenship test.
Pasing that test should be a requirement to run for and accept any elected
All of our elected officials should have to take the citizenship test prior to
running for office.Congrats Andrei!Anyone who thinks
that he is an illegal because he was here 10 years prior to becoming a citizen
is clueless about the process. As a legal resident, you must wait approximately
10 years before obtaining the opportunity to become a citizen. I had to do it,
and so did my wife.
Congrats Andre, and welcome. Hope he wants to continue to live in Utah.
I am a college professor and have seen many of my international students become
citizens. Unlike AK many of these people had to flee their native country
because of "ethnic cleansing" and other horrible forms of persecution
and found refuge in the U. S. of A. I always find myself getting somewhat choked
up about it, and it never ceases to remind me that regardless of our many faults
we have built a great and a generation nation that is strengthened by the many
cultures that have come to these shores to build their lives and contribute to
I congratulate him on receiving US citizenship. But I am concerned about any
notion, legal or personal, of "dual citizenship." Unless something
has changed, one required to become a naturalized citizen of this nation is to
renounce all other political and national loyalties and allegiances. There are some significant rights and privileges that attach to US
Citizenship. There are, in return, certain responsibilities; and one of those
is to renounce all foreign loyalties.The only legally recognized
dual citizens, I believe, are those who are dual citizen by birth. For example
children of a US mother born to a foreign national father where both nations
grant birthright citizenship.In such cases, I believe there is a
requirement for the child to decide whether to retain US citizenship and
renounce foreign citizenship, or to keep foreign citizenship and forfeit US
citizenship sometime around age 18 or 21.No man can serve two
masters and it is hard to imagine how a dual citizen could hope to give full
fiety and loyalty to either nation, especially if, heaven forbid, armed conflict
every erupted between the two nations.
Congratulations Andrei!!! I wish you the best and thanks for thinking so much
about America and respecting it so much to become a citizen.
For those of you who may want to know AK's probable route to US citizenship,
this is how it probably went:He gets drafted by the Jazz. Being a
foreign national, the Jazz file a petition for him based on his extraordinary
job skills. This type of visa is temporary and he came as an employable
non-immigrant.After a couple of years, the Jazz file a petition for
AK for permanent residence based on his extraordinary skills. The petition
would have covered his wife also.They become permanent residents for
5 years and then they were eligible to apply for US citizenship on their own.
Their 2 children born here are US citizens. The adopted child came as a
permanent resident but under current INS law the child became a US citizen the
day that AK and his wife took the oath of citizenship, deriving citizenship as a
minor legal resident, child of 2 newly naturalized citizens.Yes,
most of the world would come here in a New York minute if they could because
this is the only truly free nation on the earth. As long as we remember to be
responsible it will stay that way.
Welcome to our new citizens! You did it the legal way and we are proud to hear
you call yourself "an American!"When you are ready to vote
in the next election, just look at your paycheck(s) and see which candidates
want to take the money you work hard for, and which candidates want to let you
keep it and spend it (or give it away) as you see fit.
Congratulations USA, you just got a new great citizen and family today!
Congratulations, Andrei. Hard working Americans who read are good role models
for our kids. And, of course, you are a remarkable athlete to watch. Good luck
to you and your family.
I did not expect this one. Anyway good luck and God bless you and you family. Go
. We welcome those who are willing to come to our country legally and be good
citizens. As opposed to having to press 1 on your phone call for English.
The Blood suckers on our welfare system are not from Europe but from areas where
they don't even want to or are to lazy to even try to speak the common language
here. Evaluations should be made and a train built for the ' "return to
sender " countries. I do not like having to walk into a public place
and hear people speak a language that only they understand.Immigration needs to
come with a price for the freedom they desire. I congratulate AK47 and
Masha for learning , studying, and passing the citizenship exam. Now play
some ball AK !!!
Congrats Andrei welcome to our great country full of wacky people who cant tell
the difference between a terrible president - Bush - who attempted to sink our
great country - and a decent man, Obama, who is successfully raising the ship
back to where it was.. Man you people are ignorant.. Im not huge Obama fan but
you people think it was better under Bush are pretty dumb..
why didn't andrea wait another 10 years ?