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USCIS to welcome 45 new US citizens from four states at Yellowstone National Park

New citizens smiling and holding programs and flags
Scenes from the 2018 Naturalization Ceremony in Mammoth Hot Springs

NPS/Neal Herbert

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News Release Date: September 3, 2019

Contact: Morgan Warthin, (307) 344-2015

Contact: Genevieve Billia, USCIS Public Affairs Officer, Office 312-239-5704; Cell 202-360-1637

GARDINER, Mont.— U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Yellowstone National Park will welcome 45 people as new U.S. citizens Thursday. U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark L. Carman will administer the Oath of Allegiance.

The 45 citizenship candidates are originally from Australia, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, El Salvador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, Germany, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Moldova, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine. 

They live in Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. 

USCIS has a partnership with the National Park Service under the U.S. Department of Interior to enhance the meaning and stature of citizenship ceremonies. USCIS and NPS first signed the agreement in September 2006 to connect America’s newest citizens to national parks throughout the country. 

Yellowstone National Park Mounted Color Guard will present the colors, and Park Ranger Mark Miller will sing the national anthem.

Guest speakers include Pat Kenney, Yellowstone National Park deputy superintendent, and Kristi Goldinger, USCIS Denver district director.

USCIS encourages new citizens and guests to share their naturalization ceremony experiences and photos through social media, using the hashtag #newUScitizen.

USCIS is the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. USCIS naturalized more than 757,000 people in fiscal year 2018. 
WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 5, 11 a.m.
WHERE: Arch Park (near the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park) Gardiner, MT 59030
CONTACT: Genevieve Billia, USCIS public affairs officer, office: 312-239-5704, cell: 202-360-1637,, Twitter @USCISMediaCHI

Morgan Warthin, public affairs specialist
Yellowstone National Park
NOTES: This is the GPS point for Arch Park. When photographing new U.S. citizens with their certificates, have them put it in the white certificate holder to protect their privacy. 


Last updated: September 3, 2019

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