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March 21, 2013

Rangers Leonys Martin granted U.S. residency, not citizenship

Leonys Martin was granted United States residency, not citizenship, after an interview at the local U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Miami on Monday, his agent Richard Carter said.

There was apparently some confusion between Martin and the Rangers on his official status. In order to apply for U.S. citizenship, a person must be a lawful permanent resident for at least five years. Martin will be eligible for naturalization on April 5, 2015.

"Mr. Martin is extremely happy and grateful for the opportunities afforded to him and looks forward to making contributions on and off the baseball diamond," Carter said in a statement.

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