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Immigrant of the Day: Varvara Lepchenko - Tennis Player

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OK, I've been meaning to end the hiatus on my Immigrant of the Day feature a long time back. I took a break because it takes a fair amount of time to do the research. But I'm giving it another go and welcome your suggestions. Just email me at gsiskind@visalaw.com.


Today's honoree is Uzbekistan native Varvara Lepchenko who recently was sworn in as a US citizen. I think Varvara is also my first Uzbek to make the list. Varvara is 25 and has been competing professionally for 12 seasons. The Allentown, Pennsylvania resident has won 11 International Tennis Fedeation tournaments. She's competing this week in Memphis International indoor tournament right up the street from me. It's one of the top indoor tournaments in the country.


Varvara didn't come to the US the way many foreign athletes do - on a sports visa. Her family came when she was ten as political asylees. Which means they likely came with nothing and had to build a life here from scratch. The Memphis Commercial Appeal has a story today that talks about how becoming a citizen is not only rewarding personally, but is also helping her Tennis career.

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  1. allentown workers compensation attorney's Avatar
    wow i didn't know she resided in allentown. who knew there were famous people here
  2. DorothyWeaver's Avatar
    I'm big fan of Varvara! I feel really glad that she's #1 Immigrant. Me and my friends from Pro Custom Writing, gonna celebrate this grateful day.
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