A Shelton resident was one of 95 new Americans sworn in as naturalized citizens on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the annual naturalization ceremony co-hosted by the International Institute of Connecticut (IICONN) and the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Ekram U Haq, originally from Bangladesh, repeated his oath of allegiance: “I hereby declare that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic. That I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same.”
The ceremony took place at the Klein Auditorium in Bridgeport and began with the official opening of the court. Secretary of State Denise Merrill and Diana Sousa Jepsen, wife of state Attorney General George Jepsen, who is a naturalized citizen herself, spoke at the ceremony.
Statutorily, an individual is eligible to apply for U.S naturalization after five years as a permanent resident in good moral standing and after demonstrating proficient English language skills and a general knowledge of U.S. civics. Other eligibility requirements apply.