If your Form N-400,
Application for Naturalization is approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), USCIS
will schedule you to take the
Oath of Allegiance at one of its naturalization ceremonies. You must take the oath in order
to become a U.S. citizen.
There are two types of ceremonies where a person can take the oath: In
a judicial ceremony and in an administrative ceremony. In a judicial ceremony, the
Oath of Allegiance is administered by the court and in an administrative ceremony, the USCIS
Oath of Allegiance.
Taking the Oath of Allegiance
Here are the steps involved in taking the
Oath of Allegiance:
You receive notice that you will be taking the
Oath of Allegiance. It’s a possibility that you may be able to take part in the naturalization
ceremony on the same day you are interviewed. If a ceremony is not available
to you on that day, USCIS will mail you a notice with your scheduled naturalization
ceremony. This notice will be a Form N-445,
Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony.
If you are not able to attend the
naturalization ceremony listed on the notice, you must return the notice (Form N-445)
to the nearest USCIS office, and you must include a letter requesting
another date, explaining why you cannot attend the scheduled naturalization
ceremony assigned to you.
- Please be aware that if you fail to appear at more than one naturalization
ceremony, your application may be denied.
Before you arrive at your naturalization ceremony, please fully complete the questionnaire.
When you check in for your naturalization ceremony, you will be required
to surrender your
Permanent Resident Card to USCIS.
You take the
Oath of Allegiance.
After the ceremony, you receive a
Certificate of Naturalization, which officially proves that you are a U.S. citizen.
USCIS strongly recommends that you apply for a U.S. passport soon after
you take the
Oath of Allegiance; the U.S. passport serves as further proof of citizenship.
After you take the
Oath of Allegiance, you will be asked if you want to register to vote. You should do this
- Lastly, you need to update your Social Security record at your nearest
Social Security Administration (SSA). You must wait at least 10 days after
the ceremony so USCIS has the chance to update your records.
If you need professional assistance with a
visa, or other
reach out to the Plano immigration attorneys at The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC!
We are here to guide you every step of the way.