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Big South Fork NRRA to Welcome New United States Citizens during 2018 National Park Week

New US citizens taking oath
New US citizens taking oath

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News Release Date: April 3, 2018

Contact: Christy Strand, (423) 569-9778

Contact: Christopher Derman

The National Park Service and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service will partner to hold a naturalization ceremony for new United States citizens on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at Bandy Creek Visitor Center. The public is invited to witness this stirring ceremony.

“National Park Week is a celebration of America's national heritage, and national parks preserve the stories and natural and cultural wonders of this great nation,” said Superintendent Niki Stephanie Nicholas. “Welcoming new citizens in such a special place is suitable to their inspirational journeys, qualities, and characters.” 

Naturalization is the process by which United States citizenship is granted to a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act. Naturalization ceremonies are a formal court proceeding in which foreign citizens or nationals are sworn in as United States citizens and receive their Certificate of Naturalization.

Last updated: April 3, 2018

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