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Igor Kokoskov to Become U.S. Citizen

PHOENIX – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will welcome Valley resident and Phoenix Suns assistant coach Igor Kokoskov as a new U.S. citizen this week at US Airways Center.

A native of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, Kokoskov became the first non-American coach in NBA history in 2000. He also became the first European coach to hold a full-time position with an NCAA Division I-A school when he served as an assistant at the University of Missouri.

Phoenix District 25 Director John Kramar will administer the Oath of Allegiance to Kokoskov, and Phoenix Field Officer John Ramirez will present the motion for citizenship.

USCIS holds special ceremonies in an effort to bring our immigration process alive for the community, as well as to accommodate emergencies.. In Fiscal Year 2009, USCIS welcomed 743,715 immigrants as new U.S. citizens during naturalization ceremonies across the United States, including 12,377 in Arizona. The USCIS Phoenix Field Office serves the counties of Apache, Coconino, Gila, Greenlee, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Yavapai, and Yuma.