If you are an individual who has recently had their Form N-400, Application for Naturalization approved by USCIS, you are ready to take the Oath of Allegiance at a naturalization ceremony. This is an extremely exciting time for immigrants, as you are officially opening yourself, as well as your family, up to various opportunities as a United States citizen. Please read on and reach out to our firm to learn more about how naturalization ceremonies in the United States:

Are there different types of naturalization ceremonies?

There are two types of naturalization ceremonies; the judicial ceremony, and the administrative ceremony. In both ceremonies, you will be asked to take the Oath of Allegiance, though, in a judicial ceremony, the court will administer the Oath, while in an administrative ceremony, USCIS will administer the Oath. In many cases, you will be eligible for a naturalization ceremony on the same day as your interview.

However, there are times when ceremonies are unavailable, in which case USCIS will mail you a notice with the time, date, and location of your naturalization ceremony. If you cannot attend the scheduled ceremony, for whatever reason, do not panic. You may return the notice to your local USCIS office with a letter explaining why you cannot attend, as well as request a new date. However, you should note that neglecting to appear more than once may lead to your application’s denial.

What happens at a naturalization 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. From here, 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. Be sure to 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.

What can I do once I am a U.S. citizen?

Once you are a U.S. citizen, you can register to vote, apply for a U.S. passport, and update your Social Security record. Perhaps most importantly, once you become a U.S. citizen, you can live your life, happily, productively, and stress-free as an American citizen.

Contact our experienced New York City firm

The Law Offices of Cheryl R. David practices immigration law throughout NYC. Immigration is a sensitive issue, which is why you should consider a compassionate, experienced, and aggressive immigration attorney who will guide you every step of the way. If you have questions about your particular matters regarding immigration please do not hesitate to contact our office to discuss your circumstances and options.