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Old Nov 21st, 2012, 06:33 AM   #16
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Good for her!! She's been living in this country as a legal alien most of her adult life and I personally think this is to her benefit... When it comes time to collecting social security legal aliens do not get the full amount.. Besides why live in a country where you pay taxes and don't have the right to vote? When a legal alien gets in trouble with the law--they do their time and are quickly deported.
Have to correct you on your statement about legal aliens not being able to collect the full amount of social security. We are green card holders and we are entitled to the same amount of social security whether or not we ever do citizenship. It's based on credits paid into the system.
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Old Nov 21st, 2012, 02:36 PM   #17
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Mirjana Lucic becomes a US citizen

Just saw it in her thread. Welcome aboard Confirmed yesterday apparently.
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Old Nov 21st, 2012, 02:43 PM   #18
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Re: Mirjana Lucic Became a US Citizen

I'm sure if the US want her to play then she will as she wasn't very happy with Iva Majoli's decision in early 2012 to announce she wouldn't be considered for a Croatian Olympics slot due to missing a Fed Cup tie through injury. By the time the Olympics came around her ranking wasn't high enough anways but I'm sure she may have been wildcarded in with her grass court record behind her.
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Old Nov 21st, 2012, 02:51 PM   #19
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^^
If I recall right it was very weird injury bc she played right before Fed Cup and week after it as well.
Anyway I don't think her decision would have anything to do with that.

Congrats to Mirjana!
She must feel great about it!
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Old Nov 21st, 2012, 02:54 PM   #20
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Nice passport photo!

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Old Nov 21st, 2012, 03:21 PM   #21
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Unless she switches nationality 3 times like Dokic, I'm fine.
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Old Nov 21st, 2012, 06:30 PM   #22
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Have to correct you on your statement about legal aliens not being able to collect the full amount of social security. We are green card holders and we are entitled to the same amount of social security whether or not we ever do citizenship. It's based on credits paid into the system.
I am not speaking out of my butt---the benefits are less .... It is imperative that a green card holder who becomes a citizen go to report it at the social security office... Please do your own some research.
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Old Nov 21st, 2012, 07:09 PM   #23
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I am not speaking out of my butt---the benefits are less .... It is imperative that a green card holder who becomes a citizen go to report it at the social security office... Please do your own some research.
unfortunately you are speaking out of your butt! The only difference between citizens/non citizens for the purposes of social security benefits is the length of time per year people are allowed to spend out of the country. Maybe your butt could also read some documents for you
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Not that there will be any SS left by the time Mirjana would be of age to receive it. But I think her husband is fairly well off, so I am not worried about them.
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Old Nov 21st, 2012, 11:21 PM   #24
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It's normally very difficulot to have dual citizenship with the US. For example, Rupert Murdoch ad to give up his Australian Citizenship in exchange for his American one She may start playing for the US
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Good for her. I met her this summer and she is a very nice person --- funny, warm and friendly.
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Croatia allows dual citizenship though.
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I am not speaking out of my butt---the benefits are less .... It is imperative that a green card holder who becomes a citizen go to report it at the social security office... Please do your own some research.
I appreciated your comments very much -- you leveled some strong insight. Thank you.

As for Mirjana, well ... she is a thoughtful soul; I cannot imagine she would take any important decision lightly.

That being said, I do think that anyone who has truly followed her career knows she is Croatian to the proverbial Nth Degree.

Clearly, this was a decision that was made based upon a lot of factors.

Mirjana made almost $200K last year -- and, wow, she earned it -- but we have always had talented people changing citizenship when the time was right, for them.

How many of us need to remember that Martina Navratilova is American ... By a very tortuous choice she made quite a while ago? Martina was up-front about her citizenship, and to my mind, she added a lot of prestige to America. That's a compliment to Martina.

Same goes for Mirjana. I highly doubt her love for Croatia is dimmed, but by officially becoming a citizen, she adds a great deal of the importance of a fantastic country (Croatia) to the public tennis discourse of our country.

Yes, with her ranking and apparent dedication to keep fighting, it could get interesting as far as Fed Cup. I was also bewildered that some sort of string was not pulled for her, Olympics-wise, but that's politics and it must have always been awful for Mirjana ... Her WTA wins were in Bol. Sad, but one has gotten the distinct impression, over the years, that her father and uncle in Makarska are damaging forces, to say the least.

Whatever the case or actuality ... Congratulations to Mirjana of Croatia and America, and Happy Holidays to everyone, frankly.

Stay safe and happy these holidays, everybody!
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Old Nov 24th, 2012, 02:32 AM   #28
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welcome Mirjana! We are happy to have you
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I hate that the players change their nationality
maybe some players have other aspirations than just being a tennis player... Like any other individual.
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Old Nov 24th, 2012, 06:35 AM   #30
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You can have dual citizenship and choose which country you represent. I believe Tommy Haas did that a couple years ago. At this point, I doubt Mirjana will change which country she plays for, but you never know.
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