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Knob Noster, Warrensburg residents to take part in U.S. citizenship ceremony


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and the U.S. District Court of Western Missouri will welcome 250 people as new U.S. citizens Thursday, Jan. 27, at the first ceremony hosted at Union Station in Kansas City. 

The ceremony is hosted by Welcoming KC, an initiative of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, REACH Healthcare Foundation and several other community partners.

U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes will preside and Paige Wymore-Wynn, court executive, will administer the Oath of Allegiance.

The citizenship candidates live in Battlefield, Blue Springs, Boonville, Cassville, Carthage, Chillicothe, Columbia, Country Club, Cross Timbers, Deepwater, Fayette, Fort Leonard Wood, Fulton, Gladstone, Grandview, Iberia, Independence, Jefferson City, Joplin, Kansas City, Knob Noster, Lee’s Summit, Lincoln, Lohman, Macomb, Marshall, Milan, Monett, Neosho, Nevada, Noel, Nixa, North Kansas City, Parkville, Raytown, Republic, Riverside, Saint Joseph, Saint Robert, Sedalia, Springfield, Stella, Sullivan, Warrensburg, Webb City, West Plains and Willow Springs. 

The citizenship candidates originate from 61 countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Cameroon, Canada, China, Colombia, Congo (Kinshasa), Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Finland, The Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Senegal, Somalia, South Korea, Sudan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam and Yemen.

Ramin Cherafat, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Board chair and CEO of McCownGordon Construction, will offer congratulatory remarks.

This ceremony will be livestreamed at https://bit.ly/3qYY6Ue.

USCIS encourages new U.S. citizens and their families and friends to share their naturalization photos on social media using the hashtag #NewUSCitizen.


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