This year, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will celebrate Presidents’ Day by welcoming more than 25,000 new U.S. citizens during 162 naturalization ceremonies across the country from Feb. 14 through Feb. 22.
USCIS Acting Director Lori Scialabba said, “It fills me with pride to know that 25,000 immigrants will take the Oath of Allegiance and become U.S. citizens during the week that celebrates Presidents’ Day. These new U.S. citizens will be given rights, responsibilities and opportunities that will strengthen and shape the future of our great nation, just as generations of immigrants have done before them. By choosing to naturalize, they are confirming their commitment to our country and furthering our legacy as a nation of immigrants.”
Acting Deputy Director Tracy Renaud will administer the Oath of Allegiance to 50 candidates and deliver keynote remarks during a naturalization ceremony held on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens in Mount Vernon, Virginia.
Other special naturalization ceremonies include one held in our very own Buffalo, N.Y., on Feb. 21 at the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Site and also at the Washington Crossing Historic Park in Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania, on Feb. 21.
USCIS also urges participants to share their experiences and photos on social media sources like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #NewUSCitizen. Hundreds of people have already flocked to social media to share their stories. On Facebook, one elated post reads, “I am a real American. Today I gave my oath of allegiance and am an actual U.S.citizen. I am proud to belong.” Another post on Instagram reads, “Today was the day I became an American citizen. So blessed to be part of this amazing country, the land of the free.”
Here at Berardi Immigration Law, we are proud to help our clients achieve their American dream. If you are interested in applying for U.S. citizenship, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys today!