What is the Oath of Allegiance?

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Prior to being naturalized as a U.S. citizen, an applicant is asked to take the Oath of Allegiance.

I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject for citizen;

that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic;


that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same;


that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by law;


that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by law;


that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and


that I will take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, so help me God.

 Source: USCIS

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