If you are someone who has filed your Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, you are most likely extremely excited, as this is the last step of becoming an official United States citizen. You should be very proud that you have gotten to this point in your life. That being said, as you approach your naturalization ceremony, you most likely have several questions about what that ceremony will look like. Here are some of the questions you may have for our experienced Wisconsin immigration attorneys:
Are there different types of naturalization ceremonies?
Yes, there are two. One type is the administrative ceremony, and the other is called the judicial ceremony. You will have to take the Oath of Allegiance at both ceremonies, though in an administrative ceremony, USCIS will administer the Oath and in the judicial ceremony, a court will administer the Oath. You will most likely not have your ceremony on the same day as your interview, however, it is possible that there may be ceremonies available immediately after your interview. If there are not, you will receive a letter from USCIS with the time, date, and location of your ceremony. If you cannot attend the ceremony, you can return the notice to USCIS with a written reason as to why you cannot attend and include a requested new ceremony date. If you change the date more than once, your application may be denied.
What happens when I arrive at my naturalization ceremony?
To start, you should understand that you must follow all guidelines regarding coronavirus protocol that USCIS is now taking. You can find these on USCIS’s website. That being said, once you check in with USCIS and provide them with your completed questionnaire and your Form N-455, Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony, you will return your Permanent Resident Card and take the Oath and receive the Certificate of Naturalization. Once you are finally granted citizenship here in the United States, you can reap all the benefits of being an American citizen. You did it! Once you become a naturalized citizen, for example, you are entitled to apply for various passports, vote in our elections, update your Social Security records, and do not have to feel frightened that your citizenship here in the U.S. will ever come into question again. If you have any additional questions, give us a call today.
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John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. Our firm understands what is at stake when it comes to immigration law matters, which is why If you have any questions, you should not hesitate to contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C. and schedule your initial consultation with our firm today.