How to Write Congratulation Letters for a Naturalization Ceremony

by Natalie Smith

In 2010, 1,042,625 people became naturalized United States citizens. Becoming a naturalized citizen is quite an accomplishment; the immigrant has to meet the eligibility requirements to apply for citizenship, and then she must be interviewed about her background, fill out several forms, be fingerprinted and photographed and take an English and a civics test. At the end of the process, she will appreciate being congratulated by her employer, church, or other organization in which she is a member.

Step 1

Begin the letter by typing the date. She may save this letter or place it in a scrapbook as a memento of her naturalization, so the date is important. Skip a line and type her name and address on separate lines. Skip an additional line.

Step 2

Begin the letter by typing "Dear Mr./Ms. (Last name)" followed by a colon.

Step 3

Begin the letter by congratulating her on becoming a United States citizen. If you know her personally and have seen her go through the process, compliment her on her tenacity and desire to contribute to her new country.

Step 4

Close the letter with more short, pleasant statements such as stating that you know she will be a model citizen and an excellent example for other immigrants who come to America looking to start a new life. Make sure to keep the letter short and positive.

Step 5

Type "Sincerely," and skip three lines. Type your name and your title. Print the letter on your organization's letterhead and sign the letter above your typed name. Fold the letter neatly so that is will be easy to frame or place in a scrapbook, or mail it flat in a large envelope.

Warnings

  • No matter how you feel about immigration, a congratulatory letter is not an appropriate place to expound upon illegal immigration or how others from her home country comport themselves. This type of comment may make her feel uncomfortable, which defeats the purpose of writing a congratulatory letter.

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About the Author

Natalie Smith is a technical writing professor specializing in medical writing localization and food writing. Her work has been published in technical journals, on several prominent cooking and nutrition websites, as well as books and conference proceedings. Smith has won two international research awards for her scholarship in intercultural medical writing, and holds a PhD in technical communication and rhetoric.