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20 new citizens from 13 countries take oath of Citizenship
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New Citizens come from 13 countries

Today Eduardo Aguirre, Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), administered the Oath of Allegiance to 20 new U.S. citizens, from 13 countries around the world, in an open-air ceremony on Angel Island in San Francisco Bay. The new citizens came from as far away as Sunnyvale and Petaluma, but most live in or close to San Francisco. Each year, USCIS welcomes more than 450,000 citizens during naturalization ceremonies across the United States. That number includes more than 8,000 service members who have naturalized thorough an expedited process stemming from their involvement in the war on terrorism.

“We stood on Ellis Island a month ago on Citizenship Day, and naturalized 104 new citizens,” said USCIS Director Eduardo Aguirre. “Since then, I’ve traveled to the Middle East to naturalize our nation’s soldiers. Today, the beautiful and historic setting of Angel Island, Ellis Island of the Pacific, completes a month of naturalization ceremonies in a most fitting and poignant way.” (Read the Director’s comments.)

The new citizens are originally from the following countries: Canada, Ecuador, France, Great Britain, India, Ireland, Israel, Japanese, Mexico, Nicaragua, the People’s Republic of China the Philippines and Suriname. Among them are four married couples. (Media should see the notice at the bottom of this document.)

U.S. citizenship is the essential goal and process that ties every American together. From beginning to end, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is working to ensure that the naturalization and education process is meaningful to all citizens -- native born, naturalized and all immigrants who strive to become U.S. citizens. Throughout the entire process, USCIS promises to be there every step of the way. Over the past year, USCIS has launched a number of new initiatives to streamline USCIS customer service delivery such as Electronic Filing and online immigration case status check, Info Pass online appointment system, Backlog Elimination Plan, expediting naturalization for all adopted children, expediting military naturalizations for all active duty military personnel.

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