Congratulations to the NEW U.S. Citizens
Shelton, Conn. — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) presented 63 individuals to the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, during two same day naturalization ceremonies at Shelton Intermediate School on Thursday.
At both ceremonies, superintendent of schools Dr. Christopher Clouet and headmaster for Shelton Intermediate School Kenneth Saranich welcomed the citizenship candidates and guests. Musical selections were performed by Shelton Intermediate School’s Viking marching band.
The Honorable Sarah A. L. Merriam, U.S. Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut presidee over the 9:30 a.m. ceremony and administered the Oath of Allegiance to America’s newest citizens. Keynote remarks were delivered by Shelton Intermediate School’s science curriculum leader, Ernestina Genova.
The 27 citizenship candidates for the morning ceremony originated from the following 16 countries: Albania, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Thailand, and Ukraine.
The Honorable Jeffrey A. Meyer, U.S. District Judge, U.S. District Court for District of Connecticut presided over the 1:30 p.m. ceremony and administered the Oath of Allegiance to America’s newest citizens. Congratulatory remarks were be given by Ernestina Genova and Mark A. Lauretti, Mayor of Shelton.
The 36 citizenship candidates for the afternoon ceremony originated from the following 19 countries: Belarus, Brazil, Chile, People’s Republic of China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, France, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Republic of Korea, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Poland, Romania, and United Kingdom.
USCIS naturalization ceremonies in Connecticut are judicial ceremonies and with court approval these ceremonies were held at the Shelton Intermediate School for public awareness of the U.S. citizenship process.
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 10,250 individuals through the Hartford, Conn. field office.
Valley Regional Adult Education congratulations all the new U.S. citizens!
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