The United States is a nation of immigrants. There are many steps involved in the process of becoming a citizen of the United States, and since 9/11, the process is even more difficult and time sensitive. However, the process, once completed, is gratifying and well worth the effort.
When you are on the home stretch of the whole process, you’ll be invited to take the Oath of Allegiance, which will complete the process of becoming a U.S. citizen.
Before the ceremony, you’ll get a Notice of Naturalization Oath (Form N-445) with the date, time and location of your scheduled naturalization ceremony.
NOTE: Failing to appear more than once for your ceremony may lead to a denial of your application.
During the check in process at the ceremony, you’ll be required to return your Permanent Resident Card since you won’t need it anymore. But after you recite the oath you’ll receive the so long-waited and desired Certificate of Naturalization.
Do not forget to carefully review it and notify USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) of any errors before leaving the ceremony. After the ceremony you’ll be required to update your Social Security Card, as well.
Finally you are the U.S. citizen! Congratulations! You may use the certificate as official proof that you are a U.S. citizen. You’ll also get the U.S. Citizen Welcome Packet with the application for a U.S. passport.
From that moment you can consider yourself the U.S. citizen and that your cherished dream came true. The U.S. passport is almost in your pocket.
If you have any questions about your eligibility for naturalization, you must consult an immigration attorney. The online legal services community Legal Bistro can help you find the qualified attorney in immigration law. Let immigration lawyers in your area compete to handle your case!
To get much more detailed information about the naturalization ceremony, the naturalization certificate, and what the oath requires, please watch our video: