Naturalization

The League is represented at the Lehigh County Naturalization Ceremonies, where we hand out a package of materials useful for new citizens. Many of these materials are described in the Services section of our Facebook page.  Members are welcome to assist.  Email a request to Caryn Shoenthal, Member, LWVLC, to email@lwvlehighcounty.org.  Scroll all the way down for an article describing how the ceremony is always very emotional for anyone who attends and is open to all.

Location:

Lehigh County Courthouse
Judge Reibman’s Courtroom (2A)
455 West Hamilton Street
Courtroom 2A (Judge Reibman’s courtroom)
Allentown, PA 18101-1614

Phone: (610) 782-3000

Naturalization Schedule for 2020

  • Wednesday, April 8 Canceled due to COVID-19
  • Wednesday, July 1 was “limited to twenty-five candidates and no additional family members or guests.”
  • Wednesday, September 30

Changes due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Naturalization Volunteers received a letter dated June 15, 2020 from Andrea E. Naugle, Recorder of Deeds Lehigh County Courthouse Register of Wills, concerning the 2020 Naturalization Ceremonies.

“In light of the current pandemic, the number of individuals able to attend the upcoming 2020 Naturalization Ceremonies will be strictly limited to twenty-five candidates and no additional family members or guests. President Judge Reibman will be adding some additional dates in 2020 in order to help with the back log of candidates awaiting Naturalization. We will contact you with the new scheduled dates as soon as they are determined and any future changes of the ceremony process.

“The next Naturalization Ceremony is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, July 1, 2020. If you would still like to provide something for the new citizens on behalf of your organization, we would be happy to do that for you as long as you inform us and deliver your twenty-five (25) items to us the day or two prior to that scheduled ceremony.”

You can read the Letter to Volunteers 6-15-2020.

Caryn Shoenthal, our local League’s longtime representative at the Naturalization Ceremonies, delivered 25 information packets to this office to be made available at the July 1 event.

Naturalization

On Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 65 people from 25 countries became citizens of this great country. Judge Melissa Pavlack presided over the ceremony. In her statement to the new citizens, she spoke about the greatness of our country because of the people who emigrated from countries all over the world. She brought with her the citizenship papers of her grandparents who went through the same process to become citizens, and how grateful they were to be able to come here.

Past issues of our newsletter, The Voter, featured articles written by Caryn Shoenthal about the process of naturalization.

BECOMING AN AMERICAN CITIZEN THROUGH NATURALIZATION first appeared in the issue for November 2016.

THE PATH TO CITIZENSHIP first appeared in the issue for February – March 2017.