United State Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will welcome 51 immigrants from 25 countries as they are sworn in as new U.S. citizens the morning of Thursday, October 8 at Texas State University.
U.S. District Judge Robert L. Pitman, district of Western Texas, will preside over the ceremony, with assistance by USCIS. Special remarks will be provided Margarita Arellano, dean of students at Texas State.
The immigrants who will be naturalized originally came from Brazil, Burma, Cameroon, Canada, China, Colombia, Ethiopia, India, Iran, Iraq, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Panama, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Venezuela and Vietnam.
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 2014, approximately 777,000 immigrants were naturalized nationwide.
Date & Time:
10 a.m. Thursday, October 8
NOTE: The Oath of Allegiance takes place early in the ceremony—please arrive early to catch this classic photo opportunity.
Texas State University
601 University Dr
San Marcos, TX 78666
Ceremony: Undergraduate Academic Center Archway
corner of N. Guadalupe St. & Wood St
Parking: Pay parking garage located at 405 N. Edward Gary Street
In event of rain: The ceremony would be moved to the J.C. Kellam building, 11th floor.