USCIS Deputy Director Higgins to welcome 14 new citizens at grand opening of Burlington Field Office

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USCIS Deputy Director Higgins to welcome 14 new citizens at grand opening of Burlington Field Office

Tue, 06/21/2022 - 5:21pm -- tim

Agency to Dedicate Office Space to Medal of Honor Recipient

Vermont Business Magazine US Citizenship and Immigration Services Deputy Director Jennifer Higgins will administer the Oath of Allegiance and provide congratulatory remarks to the country’s newest Americans during a special naturalization ceremony Wednesday that marks the grand opening of the agency’s new Burlington Field Office in Vermont.

USCIS representatives, invited guests, and members of the local community will celebrate the grand opening by participating in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, touring the new facility, and holding a dedication of space recognition in memory of Medal of Honor recipient John Longeran. The naturalization ceremony will take place immediately following the ribbon-cutting festivities.

Captain John Lonergan was born in Ireland before immigrating to Winooski, Vermont, with his family. He received the Medal of Honor for his actions at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863, after capturing enemy equipment and prisoners.

USCIS recognizes the extraordinary heroism of select Medal of Honor recipients by dedicating space in 30 of our facilities to recognize their gallantry and tremendous courage. Their bravery serves as an enduring reminder that immigrant recipients of the Medal of Honor embody the best of American values and continue to inspire us today.

Recognizing Vermont as the 14th state of the nation, USCIS invited 14 citizenship candidates to become the newest U.S. citizens at a special naturalization ceremony immediately following the ribbon-cutting event. The candidates come from the following countries: Bhutan, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Congo Kinshasa, Ghana, Maldives, Nepal, Peru, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago and Turkey. They reside in the following Vermont cities and towns: Barre, Brattleboro, Burlington, Colchester, Essex Junction, Jeffersonville, Rutland, Saint Albans, Vergennes, Waterbury and Winooski.

The Burlington Field Office is the new location for the full-service immigration office, and it replaces the former St. Albans field office. The 13 employees of the 9,939 square-foot Burlington office provide a range of immigration services, including naturalization interviews, permanent resident processing, in-person appointments and fingerprinting and photographic services. The office serves the state of Vermont as well as New York’s St. Lawrence, Clinton, and Franklin counties.

BURLINGTON, Vt. — US Citizenship and Immigration Services