What can I expect to happen at my naturalization ceremony?

What can I expect to happen at my naturalization ceremony?



what happens at a naturalization ceremony hi I'm Jim hacking immigration attorney here in st. Louis in most jurisdictions naturalization ceremonies happen at the federal courthouse or various locations that USCIS arranges to host the natural Asian ceremonies in a very few number of jurisdictions the immigration officer can actually naturalize someone after their interview and there isn't a formal ceremony but in the vast majority of places this ceremony occurs about six or eight weeks after your interview there's a line as there always as an immigration align for naturalization interviews and you're basically put into a line and that when the next ceremonies open up you're available and you go to the inner to the ceremony so at the ceremony itself you're generally going to be directed to be there a couple hours early so you want to make sure to bring something to read or have something to do because you're going to be waiting in line and then waiting for the ceremony to start for a couple of hours so you want to make sure that you leave early that you don't get lost so you know where you're going to Park a lot of times like I said it's at the federal courthouse but a lot of schools like to host these because people like to come watch naturalization ceremonies and naturalization ceremonies are actually a very special event there are a lot of fun I've had the pleasure of being the keynote speaker at two naturalization ceremonies and my wife is an immigrant from Egypt has been a speaker three or four times and so I always enjoy going to the natural ceremonies you get to see people from all over the world yet to hear their stories they're obviously a very happy at the time and it's a very exciting moment for them when you get to the ceremony you're going to be asked to present your green card and you're going to be asked to present your oath ceremony letter and on the back of that letter you'll see some questions and the questions are all questions that were asked of you at your interview but they're going to want to know whether you've taken any trips outside the US since you had your immigration interview they're going to want to know if you've had any traffic or criminal matters and they're going to ask you some other basic information about the time between when you had your ceremony and when you had your interview backwards so you want to make sure that you're going to be able to answer all those correctly and completely and truthfully if you have any kind of traffic matters you've got to get those taken care of before the ceremony otherwise there's a good chance they might not let you naturalize if anything has come up you might want to consult with your immigration attorney or an immigration attorney and let them know that there's been a development if you got to rest it or if you have a ticket you're going to definitely make sure that everybody knows that you're going to try to take care of it before you get to the ceremony you might be able to get the ceremony postponed but it'd be a very sad thing for you with your family and expect to be naturalized that day and be turned away I've seen it happen once or twice not to my clients but just in general and people are usually pretty upset once you get down to the ceremony you're going to wait in line to go into the courtroom or the auditorium where the ceremony is going to be held and you'll be placed in a line and you will wait for the ceremony to start typically there's a federal judge presides over it and his staff his or her staff help arrange things in the courtroom will be someone that sings the national anthem says the Pledge of Allegiance and in st. Louis at least they go around and they introduce each of the immigrants who's going to become a citizen they ask them to state where they're from and what their occupation is and it's actually a really neat part of the ceremony it's my favorite part the assistant US attorneys who introduct introduce the people I'd do a real fine job of pronouncing a one's name as best they can and it's great to hear people stand up say their name where they're from and what they do and it's pretty exciting though then like I said have a keynote speaker someone will talk about five or ten minutes explaining and talking about citizenship and what a great benefit it is the United States benefits by having immigrants here and the presiding judge then administers the oath which we talk about on other videos the oath of allegiance in the United States and everyone raises the right hand and you've seen many pictures of those of people getting sworn in to be citizens after that you wait in line for your citizenship certificate which is a very important original document you don't want to ever lose that you want to keep it in a safe place and you should generally have the chance to have your picture taken with the judge who has naturalized you it's an exciting day it's a fun day you're encouraged to bring your family and friends and people dress up and it's really a special event so if you have any questions about naturalization or about the ceremony or about the oath letter just give us a call three one four nine six one eighty two hundred or you can shoot us an email Jim at hacking law practice calm thanks

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13 thoughts on “What can I expect to happen at my naturalization ceremony?”

  • Jim . How you're doing. I have a question. I got my oath ceremony letter. I know I have to bring my green card and oath ceremony letter and passport to the event. But my question is…because you have to return any documents the USCIS have issued to you, I lost my Form- 652 , is the letter they give you at the end of the Citizenship interview, my said …" can't make a decision at the moment " .do I have to bring that letter with me too ? Cause I don't have it. Just asking, thanks

  • my sister is in america she is american citizen holder she want to apply for me we want to ask you how long it will take 4 years or 8 ??? she have green card and she is there in USA…..

  • why are you not talking to people without appointment ? why you charge only for discussion ? its very bad Mr lawyer

  • What happen if have a violation for speeding ticket should I told them about it or not if yes did they gonna let me do the ceremony or not please let me know thanks!!!

  • What happen if I have a violation ticket for parking and i Bay the ticket Should I told them about it or not if yes did they gonna let me do the ceremony or no please Let me know Thank you very much

  • Question? Would it be a problem if I travel outside us for 4 days after my citizenship interview, would they give me a hard time? Any tips please. Thank you.

  • Is there anything I can do if I missed my ceremony twice due to being out of state with a family matter

  • I'm getting ready for my ceremony In St. Louis, MO at the Thomas F. eagleton Courthouse; on the July 28th! 🙂 I'm excited and nervous at the same time!

  • sorry one question i recived my notification for the oath ceremony in a white page and 2 days letter i recived de same notification but in rose page what is the diference??