Photos from today’s naturalization ceremony held at Seattle’s Central Library

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Seattle District Director Anne Arries Corsano administered the Oath of Allegiance to 74 new U.S. citizens today during a special naturalization ceremony held at Seattle Public Library’s Central Library downtown.

The ceremony included a short presentation, a keynote speech from Mayor Murray, and recorded remarks by President Barack Obama. The new U.S. citizens come from 31 countries, including an ordained minister from Congo, an Ethiopian woman joining family members already in the U.S., a Japanese housewife who loves to garden, and a Canadian man who was so eager to become a U.S. citizen that he hand-carried his application to the post office on his first day of eligibility … only to discover it was a holiday.

The Seattle Public Library system has free help for those who seek to become naturalized U.S. citizens. You can find more about becoming a U.S. Citizen by visiting the website of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency.