If USCIS approves your Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, we will schedule you to take the Oath of Allegiance at a naturalization ceremony. The naturalization ceremony is the culmination of the naturalization process. As USCIS safely resumes in-person services, some naturalization ceremonies may be conducted differently than in the past. Please follow instructions from your local office and read the USCIS Response to COVID-19 page for current safety measures. To ensure new citizens are able to experience certain elements of a ceremony, we have made the ceremony videos available below, including the president's congratulatory message.
Below are additional ceremony videos that may be played at most naturalization ceremonies to help welcome you as America's newest citizens.
"Faces of America" (video)
- This four-minute video illustrates our nation’s immigration history by featuring historical images and highlighting naturalization ceremonies throughout our country. The video also includes inspirational quotes from proud naturalized citizens.
"America the Beautiful" (video)
- This picturesque video features the patriotic song, “America the Beautiful,” written by Katharine Lee Bates in 1893, along with various scenes of naturalization ceremonies and American landscapes from sea to shining sea.
"The Star-Spangled Banner" (video)
- Beginning early in our nation’s history, citizens have used songs, poems, and symbols to express the ideals and values of the United States. “The Star-Spangled Banner” is the national anthem of the United States. It was written by Francis Scott Key after a critical battle in the War of 1812.
- In a judicial ceremony, the court administers the Oath of Allegiance.
- In an administrative ceremony, USCIS administers the Oath of Allegiance.
You may receive supplemental information from USCIS that provides detailed instructions for your ceremony. Please pay close attention to this information to ensure a safe and enjoyable ceremony experience.
What to Expect at Your Naturalization Ceremony
1. Receive a Notice to Take the Oath of Allegiance
You may be able to participate in a naturalization ceremony on the same day as your interview. If a ceremony is unavailable, we will mail you a notice with the date, time, and location of your scheduled naturalization ceremony on Form N-445, Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony.
If you cannot attend your scheduled naturalization ceremony, return the notice, Form N-445, Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony, to your local USCIS office, along with a letter requesting a new date and explaining why you cannot attend the scheduled naturalization ceremony. Failing to appear more than once for your naturalization ceremony may lead to a denial of your application.
2. Check in at the Ceremony
Once you arrive at the ceremony, check in with USCIS.
A USCIS officer will review your responses to the questionnaire, Form N-445, Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony. Please complete your responses to the questionnaire before you arrive.
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3. Return your Permanent Resident Card
You must return your Permanent Resident Card to USCIS when you check in for your naturalization ceremony. This requirement is waived if you provided proof during the naturalization interview that the card has been lost and you have attempted to recover it, or if, because of your military service, you were never granted permanent residence. You will no longer need your Permanent Resident Card because you will receive your Certificate of Naturalization after you take the Oath of Allegiance.
4. Take the Oath of Allegiance
You are not a U.S. citizen until you take the Oath of Allegiance at a naturalization ceremony. You will receive your Certificate of Naturalization after taking the Oath of Allegiance.
5. Receive Certificate of Naturalization
Carefully review your Certificate of Naturalization and notify USCIS of any errors before leaving the ceremony. You may use your Certificate of Naturalization as official proof that you are a U.S. citizen.
If you lose your Certificate of Naturalization, you may request a replacement by filing Form N-565, Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document.
When you Become a U.S. Citizen
Once you become a U.S. citizen, you have access to additional benefits and services. Please see www.uscis.gov/new-us-citizens for additional information.
During the ceremony, you will be provided with additional information, and representatives for the different services may be available to assist, including:
Apply for a U.S. Passport/Passport Card
- You will get an application for a U.S. passport at your naturalization ceremony in the U.S. Citizenship Welcome Packet. It is also available at most U.S. post offices or online at travel.state.gov.
- You should allow sufficient time between the naturalization ceremony and any planned travel to receive your passport.
Register to Vote
- You will receive a voter registration application at your naturalization ceremony after you take the Oath of Allegiance. You may register to vote at locations in your community, which may include post offices, motor vehicle offices, county boards of election, and offices of your state Secretary of State. At administrative naturalization ceremonies, voter registration applications may be distributed by a state or local government election official, a member of a non-governmental organization, or a USCIS official.
- If a non-governmental organization assists you in registering to vote at a USCIS naturalization ceremony, that organization may collect and submit your form to the appropriate election official, but it is not permitted to retain any of your personal information. Please notify your local USCIS office if you believe that an organization has retained and used your personal information after assisting you with a voter registration application at a USCIS naturalization ceremony.
Update your Social Security Record
- After your naturalization ceremony, you should update your Social Security record with the Social Security Administration (SSA). You may do this by submitting Form SS-5, Application for a Social Security Card (PDF), by mail or in person at your local SSA office. Generally, new citizens need to wait at least ten days after the ceremony to update SSA records.