Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is conferred upon a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
The bureau of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) processes all naturalization applications and provides the Court with a list of the candidates selected to be naturalized in the Federal Court. To schedule an appointment with the USCIS office go to INFOPASS. USCIS does not take personal phone calls.
The culmination of the Naturalization process is the administration of the Oath of Citizenship. In the Eastern District of Washington, approximately 1,000 petitioners take the oath of citizenship in a formal ceremony every year. The ceremony typically lasts for about an hour. For specific questions regarding the Citizenship ceremony, please contact the clerk's office in your location.
Approximately two to three weeks prior to the ceremony, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services office will send you a written notice of the date and time to report.
Citizenship Ceremonies Calendar
Naturalization Ceremonies have been Cancelled for the remainder of 2021
If the ceremony is held in the courthouse, you must show a photo ID to enter the building in order to pass through security.
Typically cameras are not allowed in the courthouse, however, the judges have authorized the use of cameras during the Citizenship ceremony and the reception.
No weapons of any type, drugs or other illegal items are allowed.
Candidates for Citizenship are to appear in advance of the ceremony for check-in. If you plan to invite guests to attend the ceremony you are scheduled for, please refer to your Appointment Letter for the check-in time and the ceremony start time so your guests can plan accordingly.
No. You must request a copy from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services office.
Yes. The Clerk's Office can verify citizenship information derived from Court records.
The Clerk of Court keeps a record of name changes and will provide a letter identifying the date of citizenship and name change. For a copy of the letter, contact the clerk's office in the location where you attended the ceremony. You will need to know the date of the ceremony. For all other records, please contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
All of those petitioning the United States government to become a citizen must first pass a U.S. citizenship test. To take a 25-question practice test, click here.
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