Skip to main content

Featured Stories from the USCIS History Office and Library


Because it is often featured in media reports, popular culture, and educational exercises, the civics test is perhaps the most well-known part of naturalization process. For many potential citizens it is also one of the most worrisome steps to becoming a United States citizen.
"We know from experience that records of entry of many aliens into the United States contain assumed or incorrect names and other errors." From INS Operations Instruction 500.1 I, Legality of entry where record contains erroneous name or other errors, December 24, 1952.
Certificate of Naturalization # 1 and the “First Naturalized U.S. Citizen” Several curious researchers have asked the USCIS History Office, “Who was the first naturalized U.S. citizen?” Unfortunately, we don’t know. But we do know who received Certificate of Naturalization #1 and we know he is not the first naturalized U.S. citizen.
As the American military mobilized to enter World War I in 1917, its ranks filled with a diverse cross-section of American society, including immigrants from around the world.
Among the most important of USCIS’s missions is promoting citizenship instruction and fostering civic integration. Today the agency accomplishes this mission through a variety of print, multimedia, and digital resources, such as the online Citizenship Resource Center. USCIS’s current efforts follow a long history of Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) citizenship awareness campaigns.
In 1918, while World War I (WWI) raged overseas, America
As part of our ongoing commemoration of the World War I (WWI) Centennial, the USCIS History Office and Library initiated and led a collaborative Department of Homeland Security project to create an educational poster series illustrating the roles of DHS’s legacy agencies during WWI. The five posters in the series aim to raise awareness about the significant history and heritage of DHS while honoring the nation’s participation in WWI:

RSS Feed