Thursday, November 9, 2017
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will host 23 Veterans Day-themed naturalization ceremonies across the country this year, welcoming veterans, service members and military spouses as America’s newest citizens. More than 1,600 people will take the Oath of Allegiance in these ceremonies that honor the sacrifices military members and their families make by serving our country.
USCIS is committed to bringing immigration services to members of our military and their families. We serve current and former military members wherever they are, offering an expedited naturalization application process and overseas processing for military members, as well as specialized customer service with a dedicated phone line (877-CIS-4MIL) and email support. Since Oct. 1, 2001, USCIS has naturalized more than 125,000 members of the military, with more than 11,300 of those service members becoming citizens during USCIS naturalization ceremonies in over 35 foreign countries.
“Supporting our military members, veterans and those currently serving, as well as their families, is of utmost importance to our agency,” USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna said. “I am honored to be part of USCIS on this important day, and I thank all our military members for their duty to this great country.”
USCIS’ Veterans Day activities this year will feature a special naturalization ceremony at Patriot’s Point Naval and Maritime Museum in South Carolina on Nov. 13, among other special ceremonies. View a complete list of 2017 Veterans Day-themed naturalization ceremonies.
USCIS invites new citizens, their families and friends to share their experiences and photos from the ceremonies through Twitter and other social media using the hashtag #newUScitizen. Read about military and veteran immigrants we have highlighted on Instagram with hashtag #MeetUS.
This year USCIS is participating in the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission’s countdown to Veterans Day anniversary campaign by posting historical photos related to WWI. The hashtags used for this campaign are #USCISHistory and #CountdownToVeteransDay. The campaign began six weeks before Veterans Day.