What Happens During a Naturalization Ceremony?

Filing Form N-400, Application for Naturalization is the last major step in the citizenship process. This is an exciting time in your life–you’re almost there! Here are some of the things you should know about the final steps going forward:

What are the different types of naturalization ceremonies?

The two types of naturalization ceremonies are the administrative ceremony and the judicial ceremony. Though both ceremonies involve taking the Oath of Allegiance, the Oath is administered differently between the two. In an administrative ceremony, USCIS will administer the Oath, while in the judicial ceremony, the court will administer the Oath. While there is a chance you can have your naturalization ceremony on the same day as your interview, there is also a chance that ceremonies will be unavailable immediately after your interview. If this is the case, USCIS will mail you a notice with the location, date, and time of your naturalization ceremony.

If for some reason, you are unable to attend the scheduled naturalization ceremony, you may return the notice to your local USCIS office, including a letter giving your reasoning for why you cannot attend, as well as request a new date for the ceremony to take place. While this is acceptable once, you should know that if you fail to appear more than once, your application may be denied. Do not let this happen. However, if there are some sort of outstanding circumstances that require your absence from the ceremony, you must reach out to our firm as soon as you can.

What do I need to do when I arrive at the naturalization ceremony?

Once you arrive, you will check in with USCIS. Next, you will provide a USCIS officer with the answers you gave to the questionnaire, Form N-455, Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony. You will then return your Permanent Resident Card, as you will no longer need it once you take the Oath and receive the Certificate of Naturalization. Upon receiving the Certificate, ensure you check it over for any potential errors, as it is best to bring them to attention now, rather than later.

What benefits can United States citizenship provide?

Those who are granted citizenship now have the power to apply for passports, vote, and update their Social Security records, among other things. Now, you can freely enjoy your time in the U.S. as an official citizen.

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