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admsghs27
Post #136
Tuesday May 6, 2014 8:02pm

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Can he even attend a mnt camp ? isn't that against the rules ? I mean he is still not a citizen and who knows how long that will take. I think he can attend Germany's camp and will be closer to him.

navi8132
Post #137
Tuesday May 6, 2014 8:58pm

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Still don't understand what happened. So both he and his father went to Washington DC to apply for citizenship. Does anyone want to google the turn around time for this weird circumstance (someone with a law degree or at least some coursework )

skangles
DC
Post #138
Tuesday May 6, 2014 11:09pm

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Original post from navi8132

Still don't understand what happened. So both he and his father went to Washington DC to apply for citizenship. Does anyone want to google the turn around time for this weird circumstance (someone with a law degree or at least some coursework )


A foreign friend of mine went through the process in DC last year. She submitted her application and then got a letter for the interview and verbal exam (which requires answering 6 out of 10 questions correct to pass). After that she waited for the confirmation date for her swearing in ceremony. I want to say the ceremony was around two months after she passed the exam/interview. I cannot remember how long it took from the application date to the exam date. I don't think it was that long though, they move citizens through the process fairly quickly.

With that said I am not sure what stage Zelalem's father is at and whether he was just applying or whether he was back to take the verbal exam.

dfw_fan
DfW
Post #139
Wednesday May 7, 2014 2:10am

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If they had taken an oath, they would be US Citizen. Went thru the process myself.


You filled out the forms-paid the fees-had your finger prints taken-had your background checked by the FBI (at least once)-prepared for and passed your naturalization interview-turned in your green card-and took [bold]the Oath of Allegiance. You are now an American.[/bold] As a US citizen, you are now entitled to the same rights, obligations, and opportunities as all other Americans (well almost-you can't be President, but that's about it).


http://www.newcitizen.us/after.html

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #140
Thursday May 8, 2014 5:29am

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There is a decent chance Zelalem may see some minutes against Norwich this weekend. Arsenal are going to be playing some youth players.

blaise213
San Francisco CA
Post #141
Thursday May 8, 2014 5:36am

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What day is the game on? Im surprised there's been no further information about his citizenship status.

I guess the next clue will be if there is a US scout at the game.

dunlopp9987
Post #142
Thursday May 8, 2014 5:39am

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Original post from blaise213

What day is the game on? Im surprised there's been no further information about his citizenship status.

I guess the next clue will be if there is a US scout at the game.


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admsghs27
Post #143
Thursday May 8, 2014 5:58am

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Hyndman will most likely play also..

Mojofc
Post #144
Monday May 12, 2014 10:46pm

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Just would like to post a mini-review from an Arsenal Youth website on Zelalem:

When assessing Arsenal's young midfielders it seems appropriate to commence by focusing on a player who is already part of the first-team squad. Gedion Zelalem has just one senior appearance for the club to his name, and the Germany U17 international has experienced some complications during his first full season in North London, but he remains an incredibly talented prospect for the future.

At times Zelalem has struggled to adapt to being deployed in a deeper-lying midfield position than he was previously used to. Games have passed him by, with his lack of strength and, at times, tactical understanding causing problems for both himself and his team. Towards the end of the season, however, the 17 year old appeared to return to something approaching his normal self, playing killer passes, the kind of which so captured the attention during the pre-season tour of Asia, with increasing regularity.

Although officially a first-team squad member, Zelalem is still some way off becoming regularly involved in the senior side. Next season he will seek to make his Premier League and, hopefully, Champions League debuts whilst continuing to develop for the U21s. Patience will be needed, but a bright future still appears to be on the cards for the youngster.


Source:
http://arsenalyouth.wordpress.com/2014/05/08/...
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Percival
Post #145
Tuesday May 13, 2014 7:00pm

Joined Apr 2014
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Sort-of update from Goff at WaPo on Zelalem:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/soccer-in...

Basically, don't expect confirmation on Zelalem's citizenship status until after the WC.

admsghs27
Post #146
Tuesday May 13, 2014 7:14pm

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I have a cousin that went trough the same situation in 2007 and it took him 6 weeks to get his citizenship trough the Child Citizenship Act of 2000. I'm sure the process is much Faster now.

krdonnel
Post #147
Wednesday July 2, 2014 9:14pm

Joined Sep 2013
Total Posts: 40
Any update on his citizenship status??

db707
Post #148
Wednesday July 2, 2014 10:12pm

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Total Posts: 102
I imagine he'll be back in the U.S. for Arsenal's friendly against the Red Bulls later this month? Good chance for Arsenal to give him some minutes.

navi8132
Post #149
Friday July 4, 2014 1:09pm

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/soccer-in...

Article writes: "the No. 1 story on The Post's sports site for a spell this week was my blog item from two months ago about Arsenal's Ethiopian-German-American teenager Gedion Zelalem nearing U.S. eligibility. (To the best of my knowledge, he got it.) Family and confidants remain mum, but with the U.S. World Cup campaign over and a new cycle starting, confirmation can't be far away."

Very, very encouraging. Imagine him being called in to September friendly...

cleancutimage
Post #150
Friday July 4, 2014 1:38pm

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 157
Could be a bigger get than Green. Seemed more first team ready in the friendlies I saw.

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