When a person files their Form N-400, also known as the Application for Naturalization, it is a monumental moment in their life. Taking this last step to becoming an official United States citizen is something to be very proud of. That being said, the final step is the naturalization ceremony. Continue reading below to learn more about this process and contact our experienced New York immigration attorney for further information.

Are there Different Types of Naturalization Ceremonies?

There are two types of naturalization ceremonies: the administrative ceremony and the judicial ceremony. At both ceremonies, you will be required to take the Oath of Allegiance. However, in the administrative ceremony, USCIS will administer the Oath. In the judicial ceremony, a court will administer the Oath. 

It is important to be aware that you will most likely not have your ceremony on the same day as your interview. While this is true, it is possible for there to be ceremonies available immediately after the interview. If there are not, you will receive a letter from USCIS containing the time, date, and location of the ceremony. In the event that you are unable to attend the ceremony, return the notice to USCIS with a written reasoning and the request for a new date. It is important to know that if you change the date more than once, there is a chance your application can be denied. 

What Happens at the Naturalization Ceremony?

For current naturalization ceremonies, it is crucial that you educate yourself on all coronavirus protocol guidelines. These can be found on USCIS’s website. Once arriving at the ceremony, you can check in with USCIS and provide them with your completed questionnaire and your Form N-455, and Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony. In addition to this, you will return your Permanent Resident Card, take the Oath, and receive the Certificate of Naturalization. When you are granted citizenship here in the United States, there are a variety of benefits to being an American citizen. This includes applying for passports, voting in our elections, updating your Social Security records, and not having to feel your status in the country will be questioned. If you have any additional questions, do not hesitate to give our firm a call today.

Contact our 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.