The United States Oath of Allegiance is the oath that must be taken by all immigrants who wish to become United States citizens. An Oath of Allegiance has been used since the late 1700s, and has taken various forms over the years. The current Oath of Allegiance, presented below, was standardized in 1929, and updated in 1950 and again in 1952. It has remained unchanged since 1952.
The phrase "so help me God" is optional, and the words "on Oath" may be
substituted with "and solemnly affirm" according to the religious
beliefs of the individual taking the Oath of Allegiance.
United States 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 or 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 the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.
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