League of Women Voters | Rochester Metropolitan Area, Rochester, NY

A Nation of Immigrants

Citizenship has long been one of the most important privileges the United States can bestow. Each year, hundreds of thousands of immigrants
Statue of Liberty with Emma Lazurus quote: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breath free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-sty to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" The New Colossus by Emma Lazaruscomplete the naturalization application process and take part in swearing-in ceremonies – also known as naturalization ceremonies — across the country. Naturalization ceremonies are held in virtually every county and city in the United States. These ceremonies may involve a handful of people at a local courthouse or several thousands at a sports arena. Regardless of a ceremony’s size or venue, those taking part share a common experience as they repeat the oath of citizenship, declaring their allegiance to the United States Constitution and loyalty to their adopted country.

"You each bear a responsibility to assure that liberty and justice prevail for all. You now earn the right to vote, with that right, your responsibility to register to vote, and exercise that right intelligently.
Read about issues of interest. Learn about who your government officials are.'' - Chief United States District Judge Frank Geraci Jr. in his remarks at the July 4 naturalization ceremony at Genesee Country Village & Museum in Mumford.

LWV members were there to welcome the new citizens. Read the moving Democrat and Chronicle article about the new citizens.

What is Natnaturalization documentsuralization?

Naturalization is the process that confers United States citizenship upon a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as amended throughout the years. One requirement is that a naturalization applicant must pass a test on U.S. history and government, and another test on reading, writing and speaking English. Many schools and community organizations help naturalization applicants prepare for their citizenship tests.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), now located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is responsible for the administration of immigration and naturalization adjudication functions and for establishing immigration services policies and priorities. The USCIS website provides a lot of information including interactive self-tests and study guides to prepare for the U.S. government and history exams.



League Participation in Naturalization Ceremonies

Representatives of the League of Women Voters/Rochester Metro Area attend each oath ceremony and greet new citizens.  They register the citizens as new voters. League members are welcome to attend any Naturalization Ceremony.  If interested, please contact Sheila Abeling at sheiler162007@gmail.com or 585.223.6819. 

2019 Naturalization Schedule

Jan. 10 10 am Monroe County Office Building
Jan. 24 1 pm Federal Building
Feb. 7 1 pm Federal Building
Feb. 14 10 am Monroe County Office Building
Feb. 28 1 pm Federal Building
Mar. 14 10 am Monroe County Office Building
Mar. 26 9:30 am George Eastman Museum
Apr. 25 9 am Minerva Deland School, Fairport
Apr. 30 1 pm Rochester City Hall
May 2 1 pm RIT/Ingle Aud., Student Alumni Union (Bldg. 4-SAU)
May 23 10 am Lyric Theater
June 6 10 am Monroe County Office Building
June 14 10 am Monroe County Office Building
June 14 12:45 pm Florence Brasser Elementary School, Gates Chili
June 25 1 pm Rochester City Hall
July 4 10 am Genesee Country Museum
July 24 1 pm Rochester City Hall
July 25 10 am Monroe County Office Building
Aug 8 10 am Monroe County Office Building
Aug. 26 1 pm Women's Rights National Park, Seneca Falls
Aug. 29 1 pm Federal Building
Sept. 17 1 pm SUNY Brockport/Seymour College Union/Constitution Day
Sept. 26 10 am Monroe County Office Building
Oct. 17 10 am Monroe County Office Building
Oct. 29 1 pm Rochester City Hall
Nov. 8 1 pm George Eastman Museum
Nov. 14 10 am Monroe County Office Building
Nov. 21 1 pm Federal Building
Dec. 12 10 am Monroe County Office Building
Dec. 19 1 pm Federal Building


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