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Naturalization - Frequently Asked Questions


If the USCIS grants me Naturalization, when will I become a citizen?

You become a citizen as soon as you take the Oath of Allegiance to the U.S. In some places, you can choose to take the Oath the same day as your Naturalization interview. If that option is not available or if you prefer a ceremony at a later date, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will notify you of the ceremony date with a Form N-445, Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony.


What should I do if I cannot go to my Oath Ceremony for Naturalization?

If you cannot go to the Oath Ceremony, you should return the Form N-445, Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony, which the USCIS sent to you. You must also include a letter saying why you cannot go to the ceremony. Make a copy of the notice and your letter before you send it to the USCIS. Your local office will reschedule you and send you a new Form N-445, Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony, to tell you when your ceremony will be.

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What can I do if the USCIS denies my application for Naturalization?

There is an administrative review process for those who are denied Naturalization. If you feel that you have been wrongly denied Naturalization, you may request a hearing with an immigration officer. Your denial letter will explain how to request a hearing and will include the form you need. The form for filing an appeal is Form N-336, Request for Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings, under section 336 of the INA.

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