In a California community a couple hours north of the San Diego area, 41 young people recently became United States citizens following the naturalization of their parents. The young people gaining their new citizenship represented 14 nations. Participants in the ceremony ranged in age from 7 to 22. Leaving the citizenship ceremony, all of the young people were citizens of the United States. Some noted that they felt pride in becoming U.S. citizens.

Participants in the ceremony were becoming citizens following their parents, who are immigrants, becoming naturalized citizens through the naturalization process. The ceremony was an hour long and included the Naturalization Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America. In addition, after being sworn in as citizens, the participants recited the Pledge of Allegiance along with their families and sang the National Anthem. A California Senator also spoke at the ceremony.

The naturalization process is an important process for those seeking citizenship in the United States to be familiar with and to understand. It can be an exceptionally complex process so it is also helpful for those seeking citizenship through the naturalization process to understand the complications that may arise and how to respond to any complications that arise related to what may be a dream of becoming a U.S. citizen for many of them.

Knowledge of how to apply to obtain citizenship in the United States is essential for individuals and families wishing to become citizens or considering the process of obtaining citizenship. Those considering citizenship should be prepared for the requirements necessary to obtain citizenship which makes trained guidance throughout the process helpful.

Source: Daily Breeze Naturalization, “Welcome to America: 41 young people become new citizens on Battleship Iowa in San Pedro,” Donna Littlejohn, July 3, 2017