30 soldiers to become citizens

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A group of 30 soldiers at Fort Riley will officially become American citizens on Monday.

According to the military, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will welcome 30 soldiers as new U.S. citizens at Fort Riley. Kansas City Field Office Manager Kristen Smith will administer the Pledge of Allegiance.

Citizenship candidates come from 21 countries: Bolivia, Burma, China, Colombia, Ivory Coast, El Salvador, Ghana, Haiti, India, Italy, Jamacia, Mali, Nepal, Nigeria, Palau, Philippines, Senegal, Korea of the South, Taiwan, Togo and Vietnam.

They live in Fort Riley, Junction City and Ogden.

U.S. service members, veterans, and their families may be eligible for certain immigration benefits in recognition of their significant sacrifices. Specifically, veterans and current members of the United States Armed Forces and recently discharged military personnel may be eligible to become United States citizens by naturalization under special provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Since 2002, we have naturalized more than 148,000 members of the US military, both at home and abroad.

USCIS naturalized approximately 808,000 people in fiscal year 2021. Many of them applied using USCIS’s online tools. To file online, individuals must first create a USCIS online account.

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