July 08, 2011 09:51
A man in his 20s became the first North Korean defector to get U.S. citizenship last month, VOA reported Thursday. He was among six North Koreans who were belatedly given asylum in the U.S. in May 2006 under the North Korean Human Rights Act.
He spoke almost no English when he arrived but has since gone to college in the mid-central U.S.
The Homeland Security Department allows refugees who have stayed in the U.S. for more than a year to apply for permanent residency and those who have lived there for more than 57 months to apply for citizenship.
According to the State Department statistics, 122 North Korean defectors had been given asylum under the act.
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