Completing the naturalization process is an incredibly exciting time in one’s life. After this process is complete, you can register to vote, apply for a U.S. passport, update your Social Security record, and more. One of the final steps of the process is a naturalization ceremony. Read on to learn more about what a naturalization ceremony entails, what you can expect, and what documents you will need to bring with you.
Are There Different Types of Naturalization Ceremonies?
There are two types of naturalization ceremonies. It is important to note that in both ceremonies, you will have to take an Oath of Allegiance. The first type is the judicial ceremony. In a judicial ceremony, the court will administer the Oath. The other type of ceremony is an administrative ceremony, during which USCIS will administer the Oath. In many cases, you will be eligible for a naturalization ceremony on the same day as your interview. If you cannot attend the scheduled ceremony, you may return the notice to your local USCIS office with a letter explaining why you cannot attend and a request for a new date. This will not impact the process, but it is important to know that failing to show up or being unable to attend multiple times can lead to your application’s denial.
What Documents Do I Need to Bring?
When arriving at the ceremony, the first thing you must do is check in with USCIS, providing a USCIS officer with your answers to the questionnaire, Form N-445, Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony. After this, you will return your Permanent Resident Card, as you will no longer need it once you receive your Certificate of Naturalization after taking the Oath. It is important that you review your Certificate of Naturalization upon receiving it to ensure there are no errors, as you will now use this certificate as proof of your U.S. citizenship. It can be extremely beneficial to have an experienced attorney look over all of your documents, as errors can cause serious trouble down the line.
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