30 Become U.S. Citizens During Naturalization Ceremony in GallowayLast Edited:
For a several New Jersey residents, the journey towards United States citizenship has finally come to an end.
The Stockton University Center for Community Engagement hosted a naturalization ceremony for 30 candidates on their campus on the morning of Friday, May 4th.
For many at the event, the road to becoming a legal U.S. citizen has been a long one, but they say the wait has been well worth it and encourage others seeking citizenship to not give up hope.
"They've been here a number of years, some of them have been here over 20 years," said Keith Dorr, supervisory immigration services officer, Mt. Laurel United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. "This is their country, it's been their country, and but today it's officially their country."
"It's kind of a long time coming," said Peter Rusterholz. "For a long time I thought it was only like a piece of paper, but now it's more, it's a commitment."
Each of the candidates was called up one by one to take the Oath of Allegiance and officially become a legal citizen.
Some of the candidates were part of Stockton's naturalization classes, which teach individuals everything they need to know how to become citizens.
To learn more, visit stockton.edu.
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