When USCIS approves your Application for Naturalization (Form N-400) you will complete the process of becoming a United States citizen upon taking the Oath of Allegiance. The Oath of Allegiance may be administered by a judge in a judicial ceremony or by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) in an administrative ceremony.
In certain instances you may be eligible to take part in a naturalization ceremony on the very same day that you complete your naturalization interview. If a ceremony is not available on that day, USCIS will send you a Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony (Form N-455). This notice will set forth the date, time and place for your naturalization ceremony. If you are unable to be present at your ceremony, you may request a new date by returning the Form N-455 (Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony) to your local USCIS office along with an explanation as to why you are not able to participate on the scheduled date.
You will need to complete the questions on the Form N-455 and turn it in on the day of your naturalization ceremony. You will also be required to return your Permanent Resident Card. After you take the Oath of Allegiance at your naturalization ceremony you will receive your Certificate of Naturalization. This certificate serves as official proof that you have been granted U.S. citizenship.
The legal team at Miranda & Weisman understands just how important U.S. citizenship is to our clients. Each Baltimore citizenship lawyer at our firm is devoted to helping you accomplish your goal of becoming United States citizen. When you are taking your Oath of Allegiance you are making a number of promises to the United States. These include pledging your allegiance to the U.S. and renouncing all prior allegiances to other nation(s), supporting and defending the laws and Constitution of the U.S., agreeing to pay income and other taxes to federal, state and local authorities, and serving the country when required to do so.
U.S. citizenship also provides you with a number of freedom and benefits, including the rights to vote in elections for public officials, travel with a U.S. passport, worship freely as you wish, become an elected U.S. official and gain priority when petitioning to bring family members to the U.S.
If your Application for Naturalization (Form N-400) has been denied you will be able to file an appeal of the USCIS decision. You must file this appeal within 30 days of your decision date. A Baltimore citizenship lawyer at our firm can help you with this process. We know just how frustrating and upsetting a denial can be and we will work with you to identify all legal paths available to help you achieve U.S. citizenship. Our firm is a full-service immigration law firm that offers free consultations to individuals, families and businesses dealing with all types of immigration matters. We can be reached by calling 410-321-4994 or completing our online contact form.