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County Clerk

Naturalization

(845) 291-2698

Naturalization records (1802-date) are stored in the County Passport Office. Genealogists use these records for search purposes. If you are requesting a search of genealogy record, please include as much information as you have in writing to us. Another helpful resource is www.archives.gov . for researching naturalization records. 


Orange County Naturalization Ceremony November 9th, 2017
Pictured: (L to R) Annie Rabbitt - County Clerk, Lori Currier-Woods - Family Court Judge, Carl E. DuBois - Sheriff, William L. DeProspo - County Court Judge Elect, Colin Schmitt



We are part of the NYC District, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, 26 Federal Plaza, NY, NY 10278.

For general immigration information  1-800-375-5283 
Immigration/Naturalization forms  1-800-870-3676 
To report immigration/customs violations  1-866-DHS-2-ICE 
Website: www.uscis.gov             (347-2-423) 

The County Clerk’s Office hosts naturalization ceremonies throughout the year, in conjunction with Department of Homeland Security, (Citizenship & Immigration Services). The public is invited to attend. Ceremonies held at the Emergency Services Auditorium, 22 Wells Farm Road, Goshen NY at 11 a.m.  Please plan to be at the ceremony for two and a half to three hours, feel free to invite family and bring a camera.

Orange County Clerk Annie Rabbitt is proud to administer the Oath of Citizenship at the Naturalization Ceremonies held at the Emergency Services Auditorium. A Naturalization Ceremony is the final step in the process of applying to become a citizen of the United States. While most people gain their citizenship by being born within the United States or being born to a United States parent(s), some become citizens through the process of Naturalization. Through this process a foreign citizen or national fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act. This act requires that an applicant for citizenship must reside in the United States for a period of time, had the ability to read, write, speak English and have an understanding of United States civics, demonstrate good moral character and have attachment to the Constitution.

By becoming a citizen of the United States the applicant gains many benefits. The Constitution and laws of the United States give many rights to its citizens, such as the right to vote, bringing family members into the United States, obtaining citizenship for children who were born abroad, traveling with a United States passport, becoming eligible for federal jobs, and the eligibility to become an elected official, among a few things. With that, a citizen also holds many responsibilities to the United States as well. Applicants must promise to give up all prior allegiances to any other nation or sovereignty, swear allegiance to the United States, support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States and serve the country when required.

 

Dates of Naturalization Ceremonies 
January 19, 2017
April 6, 2017
June 8, 2017
November 2, 2017

 

In-house programs available at the Newburgh Unity Center for potential new citizens

Services to prepare for naturalization are available at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center, 321 South William St, Newburgh NY 12550. These services include representatives from Catholic Charities Community Services who can assist with work authorizations, green cards, citizenship, English as a second language, business set-up etc. Contact Catholic Charities at 845-562-4736.

Also available are representatives from US Citizenship & Immigration Services. Everyone wishing to speak to an Immigration Officer at the Armory must make an appointment on the website www.uscis.gov/infopass.  Appointments are made for fingerprinting, and matters that cannot be handled online. The Armory has the list of dates that the Immigration Officers are present (Armory 845-245-4035). One of the CIS officials is fluent in Spanish.