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USCIS to Welcome More than 25,000 New U.S. Citizens During Presidents Day Naturalization Ceremonies

Release Date: February 14, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will honor 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.           

“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,” said USCIS Acting Director Lori Scialabba. “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 on Wednesday, Feb. 22,at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens in Mount Vernon, Virginia.

Other special ceremonies during the week include:

  • Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site in Buffalo, New York, on Feb. 21.
  • Washington Crossing Historic Park in Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania, on Feb. 21.

A complete list of 2017 Presidents Day-themed naturalization ceremonies is available in the News section of uscis.gov.

USCIS invites new citizens and their families and friends to share their experiences from the ceremonies through Twitter, using the hashtag #newUScitizen.

For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit uscis.gov or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/uscis), Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (www.youtube.com/user/uscis) and Instagram (@uscis).

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Last Updated: 01/17/2024
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