Happy U.S. Constitution and Citizenship Day!
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is celebrating Constitution day by hosting over 260 naturalization ceremonies around the nation from Sep. 14 to Sep. 23, welcoming approximately 45,000 lawful permanent residents as new official U.S. citizens.
According to USCIS, there has been a 25 percent increase in naturalization applications in the past two years, and USCIS is on track to complete over 820,000 naturalization applications for the 2018 fiscal year. This is the highest number of naturalized citizens since 2013 and over 100 thousand more people than last year.
Constitution and Citizenship Day celebrates both the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sep. 17, 1787 and the “I Am An American Day” that began in 1940. Originally, the third Sunday in May was designated “I Am An American Day,” but Olga T. Weber from Louisville, Ohio, went to the U.S. Congress to have the day changed to align with the signing of the U.S. Constitution.
Check out the infographic below from USCIS to learn more about the naturalization process from the 2017 fiscal year.