1,984 immigrants from 120 countries became new American citizens at the largest naturalization ceremony ever held in Chicago on December 7. Held at Wintrust Arena, the ceremony was three times bigger than the next largest, which was held in July at Wrigley Field, when 656 people took the oath of allegiance and became citizens. Governor J.B. Pritzker addressed the group:
“Your stories, as American citizens, are just beginning. And your presence here today is shaping our future for the better.”
More than 900,000 immigrants became new American citizens during the 2022 fiscal year. The global pandemic contributed to delays, a backlog in naturalizations, and other U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services paperwork and services. Area federal courts hold several naturalization ceremonies every week, sometimes even two a day.
Understanding the naturalization requirements and the process is critical to ensure you successfully navigate the citizenship application process. An experienced citizenship attorney can advise you if you meet the citizenship requirements and help you every step of the way. You are not required to hire an attorney to manage your citizenship application. However, immigration law is complicated, confusing and – especially now – changing rapidly. The advice and guidance of an experienced immigration lawyer can save you time, money and stress – and make the difference in whether your citizenship application is approved or denied.
Are you a green card holder living in the United States? You pay taxes just like everyone else. You have to follow the rules like everyone else. But you are not treated like everyone else. Get your U.S. citizenship and be equal like everyone else. Finish making the United States your home.