Posts Tagged ‘Naturalization’

Do You Expect to Have a Naturalization Oath Ceremony Soon?

May 30th, 2013
posted by at 3:22 pm
By Ame Coats
Oath CeremonyMany of our clients ask if the Oath Ceremony is on the same day as their naturalization interview. Right now, the answer is ‘no.’

If all goes well at the interview, you will receive an “Oath Notice” around 2 to 4 weeks after the ceremony.  The Oath Notice will provide instructions as to the time and place where your Oath Ceremony will be held.

Most naturalization oath ceremonies are conducted at the local USCIS office where the interview occurred.  However, on occasion, USCIS will schedule the Oath Ceremony elsewhere—usually as part of a special event.  For example, the Raleigh/Durham USCIS office conducts an Oath Ceremony once a year in Southport, North Carolina as part of the official North Carolina 4th of July Festival.  Southport is located on the North Carolina coast, about 2 1/2 hours from Raleigh.

In the past, some clients have really enjoyed the ceremony in Southport.  Others would have preferred to take the Oath at the local USCIS office given the long drive, holiday crowds at the beach, and boiling July temperatures.  Unfortunately, Immigration Officers do not routinely bring up possible Oath Ceremony locations at the interview.  However, if the Officer has told you that he or she has recommended your case for approval, it’s ok to ask about locations yourself. Most officers will be as accommodating as possible in regards to your preferred location for the ceremony.

Regardless of the location, USCIS does a nice job with Oath Ceremonies.  Your loved ones are invited to attend the Ceremony with you and cameras are allowed as well.   If you have an Oath Ceremony scheduled soon, congratulations on becoming a U.S. Citizen!

Success Story: Client Will Take Oath for US Citizenship after N-648 Approved

March 3rd, 2011
posted by at 4:25 pm

By Ame Coats, Senior Counsel

Congratulations to our client Daniel S. for a successful interview last week on his application for naturalization! Our office also handled Daniel’s permanent resident application, so we know him very well. When Daniel asked me about becoming a US Citizen, I was afraid that he would not be able to pass the English and Civics tests required for Naturalization because of a pre-existing disability. However, I told Daniel about a waiver of the English and Civics knowledge requirements available to those who can show that they have a disability which prevents them from learning this knowledge or demonstrating their knowledge.

In order to apply for the waiver, the naturalization applicant must file Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions, which has been completed by a qualified medical professional. I was concerned that even if we submitted a properly completed N-648 form for Daniel, USCIS might decide that Daniel simply hadn’t tried hard enough to learn English since he had lived in the US for over 30 years. For this reason, it was crucial that Daniel’s doctor take the time to give a detailed explanation in layman’s terms as to how Daniel’s disability prevented him from learning English.

Our office consulted with the doctor to make sure that the doctor understood the importance of explaining Daniel’s disability and its effect on his ability to learn languages. Our efforts paid off – the N-648 was approved without incident. Daniel is scheduled to take his oath for US Citizenship in just a couple of weeks!

For more information on the Citizenship Process check out our Webinar Presentation on How To Become A US Citizen Through Naturalization.