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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut


Esty Helps Watertown Resident Secure U.S. Citizenship

February 3, 2017
Constituent Corner
“I would never have been able to do this without the help of her office”

WATERTOWN, CT—Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) this week shared a “Constituent Corner” story from Watertown resident Jahvon John, who worked with Esty to receive his United States citizenship.

Jahvon was born on Barbuda, but his father is a United States citizen. Children born to American citizens abroad are eligible for citizenship; however, parents are required to file the proper paperwork to ensure their children are recognized as citizens. 

Jahvon moved to the United States when he was eight months old. He did not know that the proper paperwork had not been filed until he was 16 and wanted to apply for a driver’s license. Jahvon went through the necessary channels, and filled out the recommended paperwork—only to be told he had filed the wrong form. Once he corrected his mistake, Jahvon waited for the United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) to approve his case. Unfortunately for Jahvon, the office processing his case was severely backlogged, delaying his citizenship indefinitely. Unsure of how to proceed or monitor his case, Jahvon reached out to Esty.

Esty contacted USCIS on Jahvon’s behalf, and was able to track down his case. Working with USCIS agents, Esty was able to alert Jahvon that he was missing crucial pieces of information. 

Soon, Esty received word Jahvon’s case had been approved, and he was scheduled for a naturalization ceremony in Hartford. Shortly after becoming a naturalized citizen, Esty continued to assist Jahvon in receiving his Social Security Number and card, as well as securing the necessary paperwork to apply for a Connecticut’s driver’s license. 

“I am so thankful for everything Rep. Esty did for me. What I had been working on and tracking for years, she was able to assist me in completing in a matter of months. I would never have been able to do this without the help of her office, and they were the missing piece in all of this,” Jahvon said. 

“Our immigration process is complicated, and creates barriers for people like Jahvon who are eligible for citizenship,” Esty said. “That’s why I support comprehensive immigration reform that focuses on keeping families together and creating a path to citizenship. Hardworking people like Jahvon have earned the right to be here, and outdated and bureaucratic errors and delays should not prevent him from receiving the full benefits of his citizenship that he is now entitled to.”  

Residents in central and northwest Connecticut who are having difficulty with immigration, visa, and customs services are encouraged to call Esty’s office at 860-223-8412.

Constituent Corner” highlights stories from folks who have sought assistance with the federal government through Esty’s office. To see other Constituent Corner stories, visit