NBA Canadian-born NBA star Tristan Thompson has officially become a United States citizen, on Tuesday.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Twitter account shared a photo of the 29-year-old taking the Oath of Allegiance.
“I came to the US on a student visa and have always had big dreams. I’m now truly living the American dream,” said the NBA star.
“Congrats on reaching your goals,” the tweet read. “Best of luck with NBA #Celtics as a #NewUSCitizen!”
The news of Thompson’s U.S. citizenship comes as he also shared exciting news that he would be heading to Boston to continue his professional basketball career with the Celtics, after playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers for nine seasons. Earlier this month, Tristan Thompson signed a $19 million, two-year deal with the Boston Celtics to play center and power forward, according to Yahoo Sports.
Thompson was born in Brampton, Ontario, and moved to the U.S. on a student visa to attend high school. The move helped launch Thompson’s basketball career, with increased exposure in the U.S.
Thompson committed to the University of Texas; where he played for the school for a year, before declaring for the NBA draft; and becoming the fourth overall pick in 2011. The NBA star began his professional basketball career with the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he played for nine seasons and helped the team win its first championship in 2016.