RUTLAND - The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services welcomed 18 new citizens from 12 countries at a naturalization ceremony at the Rutland District Court March 8.
USCIS St. Albans Field Office Director Jean Tharpe and U.S. Judge Colleen A. Brown led the ceremony.
The event was open to the local news media.
The approximately 18 citizenship candidates originated from 12 countries including Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Congo, Norway, Syria, Russia, Taiwan, and Thailand.
"It's nice to know there are a few immigrants that still enter the U.S. legally," said Michael Roster, a friend of one of the new citizens living in Rutland. "These are good people who play by the rules; they will value their proud status as new U.S. citizens. I am very proud to call these newcomers fellow Americans."