Pete Williams of NBC News reports that Tsarnaev “entered the United States with family in 2002 or 2003, and that Tamerlan Tsarnaev became a legal permanent resident in 2007.”
The City of Cambridge awarded “Dzhokhar Tsarnaev” a $2,500 scholarship in 2011, according to Boston.com report. “The city is awarding the $2,500 scholarships to 45 students using contributions from citizens and businesses. About 35 to 45 scholarships are awarded each year, according to the city,” reported Boston.com’s Brock Parker. Tsarnaev was a senior at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School then. This time frame would make sense if the AP is reporting that Tsarnaev was in the U.S. for at least a year.