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Special naturalization ceremony on Ellis IslandOver six decades, more than 12 million immigrants came through Ellis Island. Today, 298 people sat in the same place under the American flag and become new U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony in the Great Hall. We welcome and celebrate our newest fellow Americans in honor of Citizenship Day and Constitution Week.

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DHS and USCIS celebrated the National Park Service Centennial with naturalization ceremonies across the country. These new U.S. citizens took the Oath of Allegiance at the Grand Canyon. Join them, and find your park! Official photo by the U.S. Department of the Interior.DHS and USCIS celebrated the National Park Service Centennial with naturalization ceremonies across the country. These new U.S. citizens took the Oath of Allegiance at the Grand Canyon. Join them, and find your park! Official photo by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

DHS and USCIS celebrated the National Park Service Centennial with naturalization ceremonies across the country. These new U.S. citizens took the Oath of Allegiance at the Grand Canyon. Join them, and find your park! Official photo by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Photo of the Week

DHS and USCIS celebrated the National Park Service Centennial with naturalization ceremonies across the country. These new U.S. citizens took the Oath of Allegiance at the Grand Canyon. Join them, and find your park! Official photo by the U.S.

U.S. Naturalizations

Naturalization confers U.S. citizenship upon foreign nationals who have fulfilled the requirements Congress established in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). After naturalization, foreign-born citizens enjoy nearly all of the same benefits, rights, and responsibilities that the Constitution gives to native-born U.S. citizens, including the right to vote.

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Ratification of the Bill of RightsOn the 224th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights, President Barack Obama, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez participated in a special naturalization ceremony at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Thirty-one people from 25 countries were sworn in as new U.S. citizens. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco, Dec. 15, 2015.

Honoring Service: Veterans Who Became USCIS Employees - Vanessa Hansen

If you ask Vanessa Hansen why she joined the Air Force, she'd tell you she felt a need to give back to the country that provided her family with asylum from Nicaragua. She entered the United States when she was 16 years old after her father was arrested by Nicaraguan police. After naturalizing in an asylum ceremony, Hansen decided to give back to her adopted country by entering the U.S. Air Force, where she served for almost six years. She continues to serve her country in the Air Force Reserves.
 

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Children in costume taking oath of allegianceSome of our nation’s newest and youngest (and costumed) U.S. citizens recite the Pledge of Allegiance at a special Halloween-themed children’s citizenship ceremony at the Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) Railroad Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.  Forty-six children from 28 countries for citizenship were recognized.  USCIS holds citizenship ceremonies around the country to welcome and celebrate our newest Americans.

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