Forty citizenship applicants from 23 countries took the Oath of Allegiance and became U.S. citizens in the Littleton City Council Chamber at the Littleton Center. The ceremony was hosted by the Littleton City Council and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
The 40 citizenship applicants were originally from more than 20 countries: Belarus, Bulgaria, Burma, Canada, Chile, China, Cuba, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Honduras, Iraq, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Lithuania, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Russia, Somalia, Taiwan, Ukraine and Vietnam.
Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is conferred upon foreign citizens or nationals after they fulfill the requirements established by Congress. Naturalized citizens enjoy nearly all the same benefits, rights and responsibilities that the Constitution gives to native-born U.S. citizens, including the right to vote. During fiscal year 2017, USCIS naturalized 716,000 immigrants.