City to recognize over 150 New American Citizens

Published:
September 20, 2018
Category:
General
Contact:
Leyda Becker - (270) 3939-3766
Location:
Bowling Green, KY
City to recognize over 150 New American Citizens

Over 150 new Citizens have been invited to a special recognition taking place on Tuesday, September 25 at 6:00 p.m. at the Sloan Convention Center in Bowling Green, KY.

The City of Bowling Green is hosting a reception to recognize individuals who have become naturalized United States Citizens in 2017 and 2018.  The reception is led by the International Communities Liaison division in the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services and will feature recognition from Mayor Bruce Wilkerson and the City’s Board of Commissioners.

 “This is our 4th annual Reception for New Americans and every year we are surprised at the increase in number of legal permanent residents  in our city obtaining their United States Citizenship,” adds Leyda Becker, International Communities Liaison for the City of Bowling Green, “this is an effort to recognize that our citizen base is becoming more diversified, many foreign-born immigrants and refugees are eligible to pursue naturalization and become active members of our community who want to exercise their rights.” 

The City of Bowling Green has worked to identify recently naturalized citizens through the various community partners, such as Warren County Adult Education at Southcentral Community and Technical College and the International Center of Kentucky, who have been actively involved with immigrants and refugees through English as Second Language classes and helping to process applications for naturalization.  “The process of naturalization is not simple, the eligible applicant has to submit an application to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)  that has a costly fee, pass a citizenship exam, complete an interview process and pass a thorough background check,” explains Becker who became a US Citizen in 2011.

September is City Government Month in Kentucky which serves as an opportunity to educate the public about the most local form of government.  In addition a voter registration booth will be provided for all new Citizens who would like to register to vote during the reception as part of National Voter Registration Day, a national holiday celebrating our democracy, held on the fourth Tuesday of September, and being observed this year the same day of the reception on Tuesday, September 25th.

The Reception for New Americans is a great avenue to connect our newest citizens to local government, the role of City officials and the many municipal services offered.  For more information on the Reception for New Americans and the City of Bowling Green’s International Communities Liaison program contact Leyda Becker at (270) 393-3766 or email leyda.becker@bgky.org
 

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