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What Happens at a Naturalization Ceremony?

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Naperville immigration lawyerA naturalization ceremony is the final step in the process of immigrating to the United States. At one of these ceremonies, people who were not born American citizens officially gain their citizenship. Once you become a citizen, you will be able to permanently reside in the United States in addition to gaining all the rights of a full-fledged citizen, like the power to vote. People who are going through this ceremony have put a lot of effort into reaching this point. It may take years from your first contact with UCSIS to receive final approval on your Application for Naturalization.

The day of the ceremony can be a very exciting and rewarding day for immigrants and their loved ones. Knowing what to expect can be helpful as well. If you are considering beginning the process of becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen, or are having some trouble along the way, Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices can help. 

When Can I Participate in a Naturalization Ceremony?

Once your Application for Naturalization has been approved and you have completed a final interview, you may be eligible to participate in a naturalization ceremony right away. Same-day ceremonies are sometimes available but not always. These ceremonies take place all over the nation, and now that COVID restrictions have been eased, they are now taking place in person again. 

If a same-day ceremony is not available, then you will receive a notice telling you when to appear for your ceremony. 

What Happens During the Ceremony?

When you first arrive, you will check in with the USCIS to quickly go over your answers on the questionnaire attached to your Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony. You can then turn in your Permanent Resident Card - you will no longer need it, after all. (This step is waived if you have already reported that your card was lost or stolen, or if you served in the military and never received one.)

You will be seated with other people taking the naturalization oath. Friends and family members may or may not be permitted into your ceremony depending on the current COVID protocol. There will often be a multimedia presentation celebrating America given. You may listen to the national anthem or another patriotic song. One or several speakers may say a few words. 

You will then take the Oath of Allegiance along with the other immigrants present. Once you have taken the oath, congratulations - you are officially a U.S. citizen. You will be presented with your Certificate of Naturalization. Make sure to check it over for any errors before you leave. 

You are then free to begin your life as a new American. 

Call a DuPage County Immigration Lawyer

Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices understands that immigrating and becoming a legal citizen is not an easy process. Our experienced Naperville immigration attorneys can offer support and guidance no matter what phase of the immigration process you are in. Contact us at 630-932-9100 for a free consultation.




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