99-year-old woman from Iran becomes US citizen

Nonagenarian Naturalization

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New American Khatoun Novasartian Khoykani, a 99-year-old woman from Iran pledges alliance with nearly 7,500 other people becoming U.S. Citizens at the L.A. Convention Center in Los Angeles Friday, July 26, 2013.

A 99-year-old Iranian immigrant can mark at least one more wish off her list: becoming a U.S. citizen.

The moment marked a rare achievement — Khatoun Khoykani is the oldest person this year to join the small group of naturalized citizens who are over the age of 95.

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About 3,700 others joined Khoykani in downtown Los Angeles to become U.S. citizens Friday afternoon.

According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, only 27 people older than 100 have become citizens in the past 50 years.

Khoykani says that she is happy and has wanted to be a citizen for years.

She left Iran in 1998 to be with her three children.

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