After a one-year hiatus, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Sacramento Field Office has resumed the practice of presenting large naturalization ceremonies in Sacramento.
Today, 776 new citizens from 80 countries will be sworn in at the Sacramento Convention Center in a large ceremony.
The office ceased monthly public ceremonies in January 2012, when the federal court ceded responsibility to USCIS for ceremonies. Over the past year, the field office held small daily oath ceremonies in its office for people who'd been interviewed each day.
Now, ceremonies will return to a larger, public venue. New citizens will enjoy featured speakers, honor guards and live singers. Additionally, they will have the advantage of being able to bring family members and friends to the ceremony and to take photos, which were restricted within the Field Office.
Guest speaker at this ceremony is John Kepley, assistant to the president of California State University, Sacramento and director of presidential communication. His career included a stint as former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's speech writer.
The new citizens will have the chance to register to vote and to change their Social Security status after the ceremony.
The Sacramento Field Office serves northeastern California, 23 counties from Stanislaus to Siskiyou.