ARG R&D engineer Patil becomes U.S. citizen

BRADFORD, Pa. – Traditionally, an eighth wedding anniversary brings gifts of bronze or sometimes pottery, but American Refining Group Inc.’s Prafulla Patil and his wife Ulkarani had something far better in mind by which to remember theirs: Becoming American citizens.

ARG Research and Development Engineer II Prafulla Patil and his wife Ulkarani attended the naturalization ceremony in Mumford, N.Y., at the Genesee Country Village and Museum on the most patriotic of days, July 4, taking the Oath of Allegiance and achieving official United States citizenship.

Prafulla and Ulkarani were among 41 people presented with citizenship by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in Mumford this Independence Day as Judge Frank Geraci Jr. presided over the ceremony and administered the oath.

Individuals from 26 different countries with multicultural backgrounds participated in the event. Nationwide, more than 14,000 people would achieve the same goal between June 28 and July 10, 2018.

“It’s been a long and challenging journey for our family, but it finally ended with this sweet dream,” Prafulla said. “As legal U.S. citizens we are feeling great, excited and hopeful. This status, which brings with it life, liberty, opportunities and happiness, is truly our dream come true.

“The process started as an F1 student visa/H1B work permit/Green Card holder and ended with citizenship,” he continued. “Both of us are honored and looking forward to making positive contributions to our community.”

Patil marked another anniversary earlier this year, clocking 5 years of service with ARG on April 8. He advanced to R&D engineer II on Oct. 1, 2016.

ARG President and Chief Operating Officer Jeannine Schoenecker said, “We congratulate Prafulla and his family for their achievement and we wish them continued happiness and success as American citizens.”

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