USCIS was reopened to the public on June 4, 2020, and has already begun scheduling naturalization oath ceremonies. You need to aware of new procedures to attend the ceremony due to COVID-19.
What to Bring:
First off, make sure to verify the time, day, and location of your ceremony. You are required to bring the following items if applicable:
- The ceremony notice
- All green cards
- All reentry permits or refugee travel documents
- All employment authorization documents
- All advance parole documents
If you cannot attend the ceremony due to COVID19, you need to call USCIS contact center to reschedule. If you cannot attend it for other reasons, you need to mail the notice and a written explanation to the USCIS Local Field Office where you completed the N-400 interview.
Who Can Attend the Ceremony?
N-400 applicant is not allowed to bring any guest to the ceremony. If you do not speak English fluently, you may have an interpreter available via phone. If you have a disability and have an individual who assists you, that individual may come with you to the ceremony. You need to contact USCIS before your ceremony to request a disability accommodation.
Safety And Social Distancing Rules:
Those attending ceremonies must be aware of the following safety guidelines:
- Attendees may enter 30 minutes prior to your ceremony time.
- Attendees must wear facial coverings that cover both the mouth and nose.
- Attendees are expected to bring their own black or blue ink pens.
- You should NOT come to the ceremony if you have any symptoms of COVID 19, have been in close contact with anyone known or suspected to have COVID 19 in the last 14 days or have been individually directed to self-quarantine or self-isolate by a health care provider or public health official within the last 14 days.
You are required to complete page 4 of the N-445 Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony and submit it on the day of your ceremony. The questions in the questionnaire refer to the time period after your interview. After you answer each question, write the date of your ceremony date and the location where you completed the questionnaire. Then sign the questionnaire and print your current address.
If an interpreter assisted you with this questionnaire, the interpreter needs to complete page 3 of the Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony, which needs to be submitted on the day of your ceremony. During the ceremony, you will surrender your green card and receive a certificate of naturalization. Congratulations.
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This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.