U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is hosting naturalization ceremonies across the United States from July 1 through July 7, celebrating the Declaration of Independence. Even with the pandemic, USCIS continues to receive new citizens, demonstrating American flexibility and the importance of our independence.
USCIS began to conduct limited naturalization ceremonies in May and began to fully resume ceremonies in early June, after temporarily pausing in-person services to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. USCIS has naturalized approximately 64,500 new citizens over the past month and anticipates completing nearly all postponed administrative citizenship ceremonies by the end of July.
“Taking the Oath of Allegiance and embracing U.S. citizenship is a remarkable act of patriotism. We are a stronger nation today because of those who have chosen to become naturalized citizens,” said USCIS Deputy Director for Policy Joseph Edlow. “I am proud of the USCIS employees who have worked diligently to ensure that our agency can conduct safe, yet meaningful, naturalization ceremonies during these difficult times.”
Naturalization is the most significant benefit USCIS offers. Immigrants who lawfully join our country through naturalization express their commitment to our Constitution.