News Media Guild member Teresa Bouza is celebrating a new milestone – becoming a U.S. citizen.
Bouza, the Silicon Valley-based innovation and technology correspondent for EFE, Spain’s international news agency, was born in Uruguay and grew up in Spain, where she maintains her citizenship. She had both practical and emotional reasons for becoming a U.S. citizen.
On the practical side, Bouza says having just a green card means she can’t leave the U.S. for more than six months. On the emotional side: “I have lived in the U.S. for more than 15 years now and I feel this is my country, too,” she said. “The fact that I didn’t have to give up my Spanish citizenship was also crucial when making the decision to become an American.”
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Bouza came to the U.S. in 1999 on an H1-B visa, a special visa for foreign professionals. She renewed the H1-B visa before getting her green card on Election Day 2008.
She participated in a naturalization ceremony on Aug. 20 in Campbell, Calif., with more than 100 other people from countries that included Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Vietnam, Mexico, Colombia, France and the U.K.