If a scheduled guest speaker is unable to participate, USCIS must approve any replacement speaker.
For this purpose, political activity also includes advocacy for particular referenda or other political propositions. See Section I, Offers to Donate Use of Facilities [12 USCIS-PM J.5(I)]. While USCIS welcomes participation from external organizations, USCIS does not formally co-host ceremonies with external organizations.
For example, a non-governmental group participating in voter registration activities at an administrative naturalization ceremony may not provide information for or against a state immigration law or proposition. The naturalization ceremony must always be the focus of any program The seal and signature of external organizations may only be used in accordance with DHS Management Directive 123-06: Use of the Department of Homeland Security Seal.
The organization’s activities while participating must also comply with the Hatch Act, 5 U. Local offices should consult with the USCIS Office of the Chief Counsel’s Ethics Division for guidance. While the collaborating organization may recommend guest speakers to USCIS, the selection is at the discretion of USCIS.
If any proprietary versions of the national anthem, or any other songs, are being used, the user must ensure that the intellectual property rights of the holder(s) are respected, and the necessary legal permissions are acquired.
Concluding remarks may include, but are not limited to, expressing appreciation to those family and friends in attendance, acknowledging the achievement of the naturalized citizens, announcing the services of those governmental and non-governmental entities in attendance, and explaining the distribution method for the certificates of naturalization.
See Section I, Offers to Donate Use of Facilities [U. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is updating policy guidance on USCIS administrative naturalization ceremonies, to include guidance regarding participation from other U.