Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn
On November 11, 2021, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will honor Veterans Day – which is observed each year in the U.S. on November 11 – by holding more than 90 ceremonies naturalizing more than 4,440 current and former members of the military and their families, according to a news release from the USCIS.
“USCIS is committed to serving the U.S. military community by making sure they have meaningful and efficient access to the immigration benefits,” said USCIS Director Ur M. Jaddou. “USCIS is dedicated to improving policies and procedures that assist service members and their loved ones on their path to U.S. citizenship.”
Additionally, USCIS Director Jaddou will strengthen the agency’s collaborative partnership with the National Park Service to ensure citizenship ceremonies continue to be held at national parks and historic federal landmarks that best represent the strength and spirit of the United States, according to the USCIS news release.
U.S. service members, veterans, and their families may be eligible for certain immigration benefits in recognition of their important sacrifices. Specifically, veterans and current service members may be eligible to become U.S. citizens through naturalization under special provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
According to the USCIS Military Naturalization Statistics webpage, the USCIS has naturalized more than 139,000 members of the U.S. military since 2002. In the last five fiscal years (FY) from 2016 to 2020, USCIS naturalized almost 30,000 service members. In FY 2020, USCIS naturalized more than 4,500 service members.
Service members born in the Philippines, Mexico, China, South Korea, and Jamaica – the top five countries of birth among those naturalized – have comprised more than 40 percent of the naturalizations since FY 2016. The next five countries of birth – Nigeria, Nepal, India, Ghana, and Kenya – comprised 20 percent during that time.
Veterans Day is observed each year on November 11 to honor members of the U.S. armed forces who have served America and defended freedom. Following each naturalization ceremony, the USCIS encourages new U.S. citizens to share naturalization photos on social media using the hashtag #NewUSCitizen.
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