Acting USCIS Director Ken Cuccinelli administered the Oath of Allegiance and delivered congratulatory remarks to 52 new Americans at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum on July 2 in New York City, while that same day, Deputy Director Mark Koumans delivered congratulatory remarks to new citizens at a ceremony on board the USS Constitution in Boston. On July 4, Acting Director Cuccinelli will administer the Oath of Allegiance at a special ceremony at the National Archives Museum, where the Declaration of Independence, our Constitution and the Bill of Rights are housed.
On July 4, we celebrate the day the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence in 1776, declaring that the 13 American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation – the United States of America – and were no longer part of the British Empire. Each year, USCIS marks Independence Day with naturalization ceremonies.
View a list of highlighted 2019 Independence Day-themed naturalization ceremonies.
What is Naturalization?
Naturalization is the process wherein one who was not born in the United States voluntarily becomes a U.S. Citizen. Despite recent negative media coverage about immigrants and immigration, as well as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) revision of its mission statement, the United States has remained a nation of immigrants, and throughout our nation's history, immigrants have come here seeking a better way of life and have strengthened our nation in the process.
According to USCIS it remains committed to promoting awareness and understanding of citizenship by offering a variety of free citizenship preparation resources for applicants and teachers, including materials like the Establishing Independence lesson plan in the Citizenship Resource Center. Immigrant-serving organizations also have the ability to register to receive a free Civics and Citizenship Toolkit to assist them in helping lawful permanent residents prepare for naturalization.
Why should I apply for Naturalization?
As a U.S. Citizen, you will be eligible to vote in Federal and State elections.
U.S. Citizens also have priority when petitioning for family members to permanently.
U.S. Citizens have the ability to obtain citizenship for children born abroad.
As U.S. Citizen, you may travel with a U.S. passport allows a citizen to get U.S. government assistance when abroad.
You will also be eligible for government jobs.
You may be eligible to run for public office.
Show patriotism and commitment to your new country.
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