It has been almost 16 years since I became a naturalized US citizen and I still remember the oath ceremony clearly. Now, some lucky future citizens will have even more memorable experiences as USCIS prepares to hold 16 naturalization ceremonies at national parks on August 25th.
The partnership between USCIS and NPS (National Parks Service) is in celebration of the 100th anniversary of NPS. USCIS hopes to hold a total of 100 ceremonies in national parks in 2016.
“As we celebrate the 100th birthday of our National Park Service on August 25, 450 new Americans will also celebrate the fulfillment of their dreams of citizenship at some of our nation’s most historic sites. At USCIS, we believe that being an American means understanding and honoring our history and the places the National Park Service is charged to protect. We look forward to continuing to welcome new U.S. citizens and protecting ‘America's Best Idea’ for the next 100 years.”
USCIS Director León Rodríguez.
NPS and USCIS have collaborated before, when natualization ceremonies were held at the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, Ellis Island and others. The upcoming locations include
Photo from https://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm
Elaine Martin has been practising US and global immigration law since 1997. She is an immigrant herself (from Ireland), so has a special understanding of the legal and emotional challenges involved in relocating to a new country.