USCIS Naturalizes Service Members on Veterans Day
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) highlighted service members, military spouses, and veterans taking the Oath of Allegiance to become U.S. citizens at naturalization ceremonies in honor of Veterans Day. In all, USCIS welcomed more than 3,000 new citizens at nearly 40 naturalization ceremonies taking place across the country from November 7 through 14, 2014. Since September 2002, USCIS has naturalized more than 102,000 service members, including individuals serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, South Korea, Germany, Japan, and elsewhere.
Highlights included ceremonies at:
- National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Virginia
- Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona
- Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Everglades National Park in Homestead, Florida
- Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada
In addition, five recruits became new citizens at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego through the Naturalization at Basic Training Initiative. Developed with the Department of Defense, this program allows enlisted service members to complete the naturalization process during basic training.
USCIS invited new citizens and their families and friends to share their experiences from the ceremonies through Twitter and other social media, using the hashtag #newUScitizen.
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