Miami, FL

AU received a complaint from a man seeking a modified Oath of Allegiance for Naturalized Citizens because he objected to swearing “so help me God” or “on oath.” A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officer initially told our complainant that CIS would allow a modified oath, but a different officer later told him that it was uncertain whether a modified oath would be allowed and that our complainant would need to fill out a long supplemental questionnaire. AU wrote CIS a letter in August 2008 explaining that federal regulations require that persons who object to the religious nature of the Oath of Allegiance be allowed to affirm an alternative oath without a religious component. Our complainant confirmed in October that he was allowed to take the modified oath and is now a U.S. citizen.