USCIS to welcome 82 new citizens at two ceremonies in Chittenden County

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USCIS to welcome 82 new citizens at two ceremonies in Chittenden County

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 3:34am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will present 82 citizenship candidates to the US District Court Vermont District during two separate naturalization ceremonies in Chittenden County, June 21 and June 23. The first will be at Essex High School and the second will be at Ethan Allen Homestead in Burlington.

Weds., June 21:

USCIS to hold citizenship ceremony at the Essex High School

The Honorable John M Conroy, US Magistrate Judge, US District Court Vermont District, will preside over the June 21 ceremony at Essex High School, and will administer the Oath of Allegiance to America’s newest citizens. USCIS Vermont Service Center Director, Laura Zuchowski, will welcome the new citizens and guests. Julio Thompson, Civil Rights Director, Office of the Vermont Attorney General will provide keynote remarks. The National Anthem will be performed by a USCIS staff member and other musical selections by “Rearranged”.

The 61 citizenship candidates, ranging in age 19 to 78, originate from the following 27 countries: Bahamas, Belarus, Bhutan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, People’s Republic of China, Colombia, Congo, Germany, Ghana, Grenada, Honduras, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Romania, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and Vietnam.

USCIS naturalization ceremonies in Vermont are judicial ceremonies and with court approval this ceremony is being held at Essex High School for public awareness of the U.S. citizenship process. It also provides the employees of USCIS Vermont Service Center the opportunity to attend and participate in a citizenship ceremony--the final step in the path to citizenship, which often begins with a visa petition processed at the VSC.

WHO:

Honorable John M. Conroy, U.S. Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court Vermont District

Laura Zuchowski, USCIS Vermont Service Center Director

Julio Thompson, Civil Rights Director, Office of the Vermont Attorney General

WHEN:

Weds., June 21, 2017 at 2 p.m.

WHERE:

Essex High School Auditorium

2 Educational Drive

Essex Junction, Vt.

CONTACT(S):

Anita Rios Moore, USCIS Public Affairs Officer, at (202)604-9832 or anita.r.moore@uscis.dhs.gov. Twitter @USCISMediaVT

NOTE:

RSVP is not required but is helpful to alert local staff. Oath of Allegiance occurs early in the ceremony.

Fri., June 23:

USCIS to hold citizenship ceremony at the Ethan Allen Homestead

The Honorable Geoffrey W. Crawford, US District Court Judge, U.S. District Court Vermont District, will preside over the Fri., June 23, ceremony at the Ethan Allen Homestead and will administer the Oath of Allegiance to America’s newest citizens.  Congratulatory remarks will be given by Phyllis Drury, President, Ethan Allen Homestead Board.

The 21 citizenship candidates, ranging in ages 21 to 65, originate from the following 13 countries:  Belgium, Bhutan, Brazil, Canada, People’s Republic of China, Congo, France, India, Mexico, Romania, Rwanda, Thailand, and Vietnam.

WHO:

Honorable Geoffrey W. Crawford, U.S. District Court Judge, U.S. District Court Vermont District

Phyllis Drury, President, Ethan Allen Homestead Board

WHEN:

Fri., June 23, at 2 p.m.

WHERE:

Ethan Allen Homestead (WVPD picnic pavilion)

1 Ethan Allen Homestead Drive

Burlington, Vt.

CONTACT(S):

Anita Rios Moore, USCIS Public Affairs Officer, at (202)604-9832 or anita.r.moore@uscis.dhs.gov. Twitter @USCISMediaVT

NOTE:

RSVP is not required but is helpful to alert local staff. Oath of Allegiance occurs early in the ceremony.

Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is conferred upon foreign citizens or nationals after fulfilling the requirements established by Congress.   After naturalization, foreign-born citizens enjoy nearly all the same benefits, rights and responsibilities that the Constitution gives to native-born U.S. citizens, including the right to vote.  During fiscal year 2016, just over 750,000 people were naturalized at ceremonies throughout the country and around the world, including over 650 individuals through the St. Albans field office.

USCIS encourages new citizens and guests to share their naturalization ceremony experiences and photos through social media, using the hashtag #newUScitizen.

Though not in Chittenden County, a ceremony celebrating Independence Day is scheduled for July 4 at the Calvin Coolidge Homestead in Plymouth, Vt.   An advisory will be provided as date nears.

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

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