You have probably been anxiously awaiting the opportunity to become a United States citizen.
If you meet the requirements for citizenship, you qualify to participate in the naturalization ceremony. Do you know what to expect at this event?
About the ceremony
There are two types of naturalization ceremonies. The court administers the Oath of Allegiance at a judicial ceremony and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) administers the Oath at an administrative ceremony. You might be able to attend a naturalization ceremony on the same day as your USCIS interview. Otherwise, you will receive a notice through the mail indicating the date, time and location of the next ceremony. The information will appear on Form N-445, Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony.
What to do
When you arrive at the naturalization ceremony, you will check in with a USCIS officer who will review your completed Form N-445. After taking the Oath of Allegiance, you will exchange your Permanent Resident Card for a Certificate of Naturalization. Review the Certificate carefully and advise the USCIS officer of any errors before you leave the ceremony.
Benefits of citizenship
The Welcome Packet you receive at the naturalization ceremony will contain an application for a U.S. passport. Applications are also available at U.S. Post Offices. The government recommends you apply for your passport as soon as possible. As a U.S. citizen, you are also eligible to vote. The USCIS may provide voter registration forms at the naturalization ceremony. Still, you can also register at motor vehicle offices, county election boards or the office of the Secretary of State. Finally, update your Social Security record to reflect your new status. You will need to present either your passport or your Certificate of Naturalization to the Social Security Administration. Congratulations on becoming a U.S. citizen!