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11 November 2010

USCIS Honors the Men and Women of the U.S. Armed Forces

Posted by Alejandro Mayorkas

Standing Proud With Our Newest Citizens, Honoring Our Veterans

Oath of Allegiance

Seventy-two service members from 24 countries were sworn in as new U.S. Citizens during the 7th Annual All-Military Veterans Day ceremony aboard the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California on November 10, 2010.

Today is Veterans Day, a day reserved to express our solemn and immeasurable appreciation for the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. We recognize the sacrifices that service members make each and every day for our great nation, sacrifices that are to be forever honored. That in America volunteers enlist in service of our country is a unique source of pride. The principles of freedom, justice, and equality form the foundation of our nation. Immigrants not yet citizens have joined our military and served with distinction alongside citizens in defense of these principles.

Yesterday I was proud to address 75 members of the military who are becoming naturalized citizens on the deck of the USS Midway in San Diego, California. (Read more - click here)

USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas presented new U.S. citizens with their Certificates of Naturalization as part of the 7th Annual All-Military Veterans Day ceremony aboard the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California on November 10, 2010.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services sent a team of immigration officers to Camp Victory, Iraq to complete the naturalization process for more than 50 non citizens deployed to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn. This is the third time in 2010 that USCIS officers have traveled to Iraq to naturalize members of the military. Here are some of their stories.



At November 15, 2010 at 11:41:00 AM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

USCIS Blog Team & Director Office-

The new process changes are really helping the immigrant community. Are there any changes coming up for the below areas:-

1. Pre-adjucation Filing for Pending I-140 Approved applicants? Will you allow them to file for EAD and AP21 in the process of waiting for visa numbers to be allocated?

2. Any efforts to scrutinize the porting of Eb3 applicants to Eb2 Applicants?

3. Any efforts to reduce the backlog of EB2 ( highly skilled) applicants waiting?

4. Any efforts to reduce the backlog for processing of H1b ( Anywhere from 4-5 months) currently.

5. Any efforts to electronically accept the Applications data like most of the consulate office ( USA consulate in India) is doing to reduce the effort of Mailroom routing and data entry level errors/efforts.

At November 16, 2010 at 2:25:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

On top of the 5 questions added by the above person(whoever it is), please add this one too:

Are there plans to scrutinize EB2 applicants, prior to approval, to make sure whether the position really requires an EB2 candidate?

At November 16, 2010 at 4:18:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

EB2/EB3 does not matter. All are suffering the pain of waiting. So any relief to get us out of the queue will be good. Particularly if the country quota is removed and a FIFO(First in First Out) system irrespective of the category is followed, then that will be the best.

At March 15, 2012 at 10:08:00 PM EDT , Blogger USMC said...

Love the article..Congrats to everyone in the armed forces for becoming citizens.Kinda funny though because when you get out of the military it seems as if your service is unrecognized.As a Marine who deployed to AFGHANISTAN and also adopted by 2 US citizen parents USCIS is giving me a hell of a time trying to become a citizen. It clearly states that Armed forces members or veterans will be fee exempt from filing the N600. Following the instructions my application has been denied 4 times for improper fees. Im not complaining about the $600.00 dollars I am complaining about the fact that if the USCIS writes the instructions and rules then honor it and follow by what you say. Ive called numerous times and they all give me the same info that I can find on google!! I love how you get transfered to a supervisor who is "never there" to find out later that they don't even call back.I would personally like to talk to Mike Aytes if i could but i highly doubt that will happen and find out how I can get my papers processed.

At May 11, 2013 at 3:14:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Smiler said...

Veterans should be celebrated - they won't be around forever but we should never forget what contribution they have made to our country and our freedom. Well done to them all and a big thank you!


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