"Dancing With the Stars" pro Peta Murgatroyd shared a major update of life.
The New Zealand-born Australian dancer announced that she became a US citizen on Tuesday.
Describing the important day as "emotional," she wrote on Instagram: "After countless US visas since 2006 and the last 5 years with a Green Card, I'm officially a US citizen."
Murgatroyd, who married "Dancing With the Stars" pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy in 2017 and gave birth to her first child in the same year, shared how much citizenship means to her.
"I'm getting confused writing this because I didn't reflect on my life until that moment," she wrote. "I went to the back of my memory and cried at the ceremony and then really cried in private."
She also explained some of the emotions she had when receiving citizenship.
"Memories came up that I had forgotten, wishes I had made as a child in my backyard with a full moon and promises I made to myself and my family," she wrote. "Everything went full circle and here I was sitting in an auditorium with 1000 people, with my Ukrainian / American husband and my American son … a little Perth girl with a big dream of being & # 39; "
She shared more of her wishes as a child.
"I dreamed of performing on the biggest stage in the world, dreamed of people who knew my name, dreamed of being the best at my craft, dreamed of making a difference in the world and, most of all, dreamed of making my family proud and proud. " proving that I could do this at the highest level, "she wrote.
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The dancer said realizing these dreams "would not have been possible without the United States giving me a chance to succeed and live in the best country in the world where dreams really come true."
"This country gave me my career, that's where I found the love of my life and that's where my first child was born," he added. "This will always be home now."
Murgatroyd also observed how proud she is to be an immigrant in her post. "I looked around at the auditorium full of immigrants … his eyes were full of hope, faith and belief," she wrote. "I'm an immigrant too. I'll always be one and I'm proud of it."
"Thank you to the US for accepting me, I will continue to work and treat this country with the utmost respect," he added.