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2016 County Clerk News

County Clerk Kendall to Administer Oath of Allegiance at Naturalization Ceremony

Published: 2/3/2016

For More Information Contact:

Felicia Zammit-McMann, (845) 486-2133

Friday, February 5th at 1:30 PM

Dutchess County Courthouse

10 Market Street

Poughkeepsie, New York


Dutchess County Clerk Bradford H. Kendall will host a Naturalization Ceremony and administer the Oath of Allegiance to over 50 individuals representing 35 countries.

The Honorable James V. Brands, Dutchess County Supreme Court Justice, will preside over the ceremony and Wayne Nussbickel, President/CEO, N&S Supply will deliver the keynote address.

World Map with push pins

Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is conferred upon a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).  The bureau of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) processes all naturalization applications and provides the clerk’s office with a list of the candidates selected to be naturalized.  All petitioners must then participate in a Naturalization Ceremony and swear to the Oath of Allegiance in a formal court proceeding.  At that time, they can change their names legally to have their new names appear on the Certificate of Naturalization.

The Dutchess County Clerk’s Office is honored to take part in the final step of the naturalization process. In Dutchess County, naturalization ceremonies are held six times throughout the year to induct new citizens of the United States of America.

The ceremony is open to the public and all are invited to attend.