Thursday October 20, 2016
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) presented 23 citizenship candidates to the Honorable John M. Conroy, U.S. Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court Vermont District during a special venue naturalization ceremony at Tuttle Middle School (FHTMS) on Wednesday, October 12. Judge Conroy administered the Oath of Allegiance to America’s newest citizens, as students witnessed the ceremony.
FHTMS Principal Karsten Schlenter addressed the audience and the new Americans. He spoke about the U.S. citizenship process, noting that that he had participated as a candidate just a year and a half ago, when he took the Oath of Allegiance at his own naturalization ceremony. South Burlington High School Chamber singers and the FHTMS chorus performed musical selections.
The citizenship candidates represent the following 13 countries: Albania, Bhutan, Canada, People’s Republic of China, Dominican Republic, France, Madagascar, Philippines, Poland, Serbia, Somalia, United Kingdom and Venezuela.
During the last decade, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) welcomed more than 6.6 million naturalized citizens. In fiscal year 2015, 729,995 people, including 650 Vermont residents, were naturalized.