USF World News

USF World Immigration Specialist Becomes U.S. Citizen
June 3, 2014

Thora (Collymore) Cecil, Lead Immigration Specialist in International Services at USF, has been helping international students for more than 8 years. Thora herself was born in Barbados and moved to New York when she was 13 years old and knows what it’s like to leave your home country and come to the U.S.

Thora is passionate about her work with USF’s international students. She helps students from around the globe get the proper documentation and gives them the tools necessary to study in the U.S.

Thora Cecil and the International Services staff

She was inspired to be become a U.S. citizen to continue her work at USF. When her green card expired this year, Thora decided to apply for citizenship over renewing her green card. Her work with the students combined with the encouragement of her husband, a U.S. Army Veteran, made the decision easy. “Getting my citizenship solidified my commitment and heartfelt responsibility to the students and my family” says Thora.

The International Services staff closed the office and accompanied her when she took the Oath of Naturalization on May 16, 2014 and became a US citizen.

Congratulations to Thora and her family!