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New Citizens

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Welcome to the District of Minnesota’s new citizen information page. Congratulations on your upcoming naturalization ceremony! Please use this page as a resource to answer questions you may have about the day and the steps to follow. Here you can find the answers to commonly asked questions, day of information, and resources for after the naturalization, such as obtaining a passport.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I take photos of the event?

Yes! Photos and videos are welcome at all naturalization ceremonies. Media coverage is also common at larger ceremonies so you may see camera crews or reporters.

How long is the event?

Ceremonies are approximately 30-40 minutes long. Please be aware that the time on your N-445 Notice of Naturalization form is your required check-in time, not the start of the ceremony. Ceremony start times can be found HERE.

When should I arrive? When should my friends and family arrive?

New citizens taking the Oath of Allegiance should arrive by the time indicated on their N-445 Notice of Naturalization form that they received from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services office. Guests should arrive roughly 30 minutes before the official ceremony time, which can be found HERE.

What happens during the ceremony?

During the naturalization ceremony, you will hear from a United States Judge, swear an Oath of Allegiance, sing the national anthem, watch a short video, and become an American citizen!

Are family and friends welcome?

Yes, family and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please note that new citizens are given assigned seats that are separate from their guests.

Can I register to vote at the ceremony?

Yes, volunteers will be on-hand to help you complete a Minnesota voter registration form before the ceremony begins.

Will I be able to register for a passport at the event?

No, the United States Department of State, which issues all passports, does not attend the naturalization ceremonies. Information on obtaining a passport after naturalization can be found here.

I still have more questions, who can I call?

For questions regarding the naturalization process, when your N-445 Notice of Naturalization form will arrive, or to reschedule your naturalization ceremony, please contact the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Office at (800) 375-5283. 
For questions regarding the day of your naturalization ceremony, please call the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota at (612) 664-5124.

 

Day of Information
On the day of your naturalization ceremony, please bring your completed N-445 Notice of Naturalization form, your Permanent Resident Card (“green card”) and any other information requested by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Office.

Give yourself enough time to find parking, keeping in mind that most naturalization ceremony locations will require you to pay for parking in either a lot or at a meter.

Presiding Judges are sometimes willing to take photos at the end of the ceremony. This is not obligatory, but if you do choose to take photos with the Judge, your time at the ceremony will be longer. Photo wait times can range from 5 to 90 minutes depending on the size of the ceremony.