When an individual files a Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, and it is approved by USCIS, he or she will take the Oath of Allegiance at a naturalization ceremony. This is an important process. Read on to learn more about naturalization ceremonies and what you can expect.
Types of naturalization ceremonies:
It is important to know that 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. The difference comes down to who administers the Oath. In the administrative ceremony, USCIS will administer the Oath. In the judicial ceremony, a court will administer the Oath.
When does a naturalization ceremony take place?
In most cases, you will not have your ceremony on the same day as your interview. However, 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 takes place at a naturalization ceremony?
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 more.
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