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2017 County Clerk News

County Clerk Kendall to Administer Oath of Allegiance at Naturalization Ceremony in the City of Poughkeepsie

Published: 10/2/2017

For More Information Contact:

Catherine Durland, (845) 486-2133


Poughkeepsie, New York: Dutchess County Clerk Bradford H. Kendall will host a Naturalization Ceremony and administer the Oath of Allegiance to one hundred forty-three individuals.  The event will be held on Friday, October 6, 2017 at 1:30 in the afternoon at the Family Partnership Center, 29 North Hamilton Street in the City of Poughkeepsie. The Honorable Joseph Egitto, Dutchess County Acting Supreme Court and Family Court Justice, will preside over the ceremony. New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli will deliver the keynote address.

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 bi-monthly to induct new citizens of the United States of America.

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