U.S. Citizenship Interview – What happens after you pass it?

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After you pass your U.S. citizenship interview (also called U.S.citizenship test), USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) will schedule you to take the Oath of Allegiance at a citizenship ceremony (also called naturalization ceremony). This is the last step before becoming a U.S. citizen.

After the U.S. citizenship interview – when and where will the citizenship ceremony take place?

If a citizenship ceremony is available, you might be able to attend it on the same day as your U.S. citizenship interview.

If not, USCIS will mail you a notice (Form N-445, Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony) stating where and when you have to present yourself for your ceremony. You might have to wait a few months to take the oath.

You must attend your citizenship ceremony. If you cannot attend your ceremony, you must notify USCIS by returning the form N-445 to your local USCIS office with a letter explaining why you cannot attend your ceremony. In this case, you will be mailed another notice at a later date. If you fail to appear at your ceremony more than once, you may be denied citizenship.

After the U.S. citizenship interview – what to bring to the ceremony?

You need to bring your N-445 form to the ceremony and all documents that this form tells you to bring. This form will be given to you either following your U.S. citizenship test or later, in the mail.

If there is more than one day between your test and your ceremony date, you will be asked to answer the questions included in your form N-445. These questions refer to actions since your test, not before your test. You must answer these questions before you arrive at the ceremony, but you must also answer them on the day of your ceremony. An example of questions being asked: “Have you traveled outside the United States?”

After the U.S. citizenship interview – what happens when you arrive at your ceremony?

When you arrive, you must check-in with a USCIS officer. It is best to arrive in advance of your ceremony time. The officer will review your answers to the N-445 questionnaire, collect all your paperwork, and determine you eligibility to attend the ceremony that day.

When you check-in, you must return your Permanent Resident Card as you will no longer need it after taking the Oath. The only exceptions are:

● You lost it and you have provided proof, during your U.S. citizenship interview, that you did your best to recover it

● You were never given Permanent Residence because of your military service.

After the U.S. citizenship interview – what happens during the ceremony?

U.S. citizenship interview peopleDuring the ceremony, you will take the Oath of Allegiance. You are not a citizen until you take this Oath. An officer will read out each portion of the Oath and you will have to repeat the officer’s words. Taking the Oath means you swear that you will do what is pledged in the Oath.

The Oath of Allegiance is as follow: I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform non-combatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God

What happens after the Oath of Allegiance?

You will become a U.S. citizen after you take the Oath of Allegiance. You will then be given your Certificate of Naturalization.

Make sure all the information on this Certificate is correct. You must inform an officer if there are any mistakes before leaving the ceremony.

Your Certificate of Naturalization is now your proof that you are a U.S. citizen.

Congratulations!

U.S. citizenship interview – Very Important

You only have two chances to pass your interview. If you fail any portion of the test in your second attempt your citizenship application will be denied. As a result, you must be well prepared for this test. We offer a FREE U.S. Citizenship Test complete online training program to help you pass your test. Good luck on your U.S. citizenship interview!

63 Comments » for U.S. Citizenship Interview – What happens after you pass it?
  1. Lirim says:

    After I got my citizenship certificate I was told that I would need to go to my local post office to present my citizenship certificate so they can update my status, so that I can get my benefits when I retire. Is this something I need to do if I got my citizenship in 2012?

    • S says:

      You go to the Social Security Office nearest you to update your records. Wait 10 days for the computers to talk to each other.

      • S says:

        Go to the Post Office to get a United States Passport. The packet they gave you at the Oath Ceremony usually contains a passport application. Remember you cannot visit your birth country without it.

    • S says:

      Please register to vote. Sometimes there are people at your oath ceremony who will register you. Otherwise, check at your city hall or public library.

  2. Sabrina says:

    Hi, I passed my citizenship interview five months ago but they didn’t mail me a notice for ceremony.
    what I do?
    thanks

  3. Ayah Abdallah Alkashkeesh says:

    I’m pass for interview in ougest first and I’m still wait my ceremony

    • Arnold Cruz says:

      I passed by citizenship interview/test on Nov 17,2018. It’s now 80 days (almost 3 months) since that interview and I have not been scheduled for the oath ceremony. Is there anything I need to do to follow this up? Thank you.

  4. Ahmet says:

    I passed the exam of the citizen 2 missing my paper I finished on these two papers, I swore the oath I was curious when it comes to give an information.

  5. Jacqueline Lovell says:

    I passed the interview last October 24, 2018. I was thinking how long do I need to wait for oat taking ceremony.

  6. Jose Ramon Gonzalez says:

    Hi, I passed my citizenship interview November 21/2018, but they didn’t mail me a notice for ceremony.
    what I do?
    thanks

  7. Elizabeth says:

    Husband had interview in September and he passed now still waiting for ceremony letter? We were told it takes up to 4mths to get a response..another 3 weeks it’ll be 4mths…?? What do we do if it’s past 4 mths???

  8. Martha kebede says:

    I am from Worcester Ma so i pass citizenship interview last Oct 31 it been more than 4 weeks so what shall i do

  9. Martha kebede says:

    I am from Worcester Ma so i pass citizenship interview last Oct 31 it been more than 8 weeks so what shall i do

  10. Tesfaye says:

    I’m passed the exam in October I’m
    Still waiting my green already expired ?

  11. Olgagoworek says:

    If I pass the test may I travel outside of us even if my green card just expired?

  12. Corazon R Cruz says:

    I passed my interview with my husband .After 2 weeks my husband received a mail for the date of his Oath taking.Why me I didn’t received any mail and my husband will gonna take his Oath taking Ceremony Tomorrow Feb 20…What happen ..I was wondering what happen …I’m still waiting and how many months do I need to wait.Please Im just worried …

    • Juan Sebastian Ortiz Hernandez says:

      You can call them. Also, If you passed the interview, you don’t have to worried about it.

  13. Bredalyn Hill says:

    Hi!..Good morning I passed my interview on January 22, 2019 I was told that after 3 weeks I will receive the letter stating about the Oath Ceremony will take place but until now I did not receive. Please be advise what necessary action I need to do.Thank you!

  14. Henry O. says:

    I passed my citizenship test in December 27th and it’s been 3 months now still haven’t received my notice for the oath ceremony what do I do
    Dallas does not have an info pass

  15. Mohammad says:

    I passed by citizenship interview/test on 07/14/2018 since that interview and I have not been scheduled for the oath ceremony. Is there anything I need to do to follow this up? Thank you.

  16. Ronny Colon says:

    Hey how are you??
    I did my USA citizens test and passed..
    The lady who I did the reading and writing test
    Told me to get a federal records so I did and took it
    To her office but I haven’t heard
    From her…

  17. candela says:

    Hi, i already did my interview, passed and also attended the ceremony. That day they took my green card. I want to travel to Dominican republic. Is there any way of doing so? Either by requesting a paper or some sort of certificate i dont know but i need an answer asap, thank you

  18. Harriett C Ball says:

    My finance has taken the test and did the interview. Passed the test and we haven’t received anything. It’s been almost a year. What can he/we do? Can i write a letter or email someone to find out about what’s next? Please help. Thanks in Advance!

  19. Quynh says:

    Hi I passed my interview 3 months ago, but I still haven’t received a notice for the Oath Ceremony date. What should I do now?

  20. ryan kim says:

    is it possible (legal?) to open a business account with my new first name
    before my oath ceremony ?
    i pass the interview a month ago
    and been dated my ceremony in a week
    but i might need to open a business bank account
    in couples of day

  21. Jessica says:

    I pass my test on May 3 and didn’t Receive my ceremonial date

  22. David brown says:

    Did my interview pass it however after waiting my interview stated that she can’t approve my citizenship they need more information can anyone say what does that mean please

  23. Mary says:

    I have a question that it’s been clouding my mind and I desperately look for help as I’m afraid of what could happen. As I was taking the oral test for citizenship I was asked the date I had left and entered the country for vacations, I said I didn’t remember and then gave the wrong dates, the official tried to help me but I still think the dates were wrong. I passed the test at the end but now I’m afraid of having committed perjury accidentally or something. It was an honest mistake. I really couldn’t remember the dates. What do I do?

    • Sanu says:

      You case is similar to mine. I just went for my interview this month 11/13/2019. So what happened to you case? Have you been called for your ceremony now? How long did it take for them to send you a letter for the ceremony? Please share with me.

  24. MEIQING CHEN says:

    my dad passed the interview, but never received the notice for ceremony. What should we do?

  25. Dieffline says:

    I passed my citizens test interview it’s been 3months I haven’t recieved a notice for the oath ceremony I don’t know now what should I do?

  26. Ayat says:

    Hey ipass interview inn6/18/2019…and I haven’t received any thins about ceremony…I’m from Ohio dayton

  27. Shazaad says:

    Hi I pass my interview test and pass it almost 5 month now and still waiting for my oath ceremony letter is there someone I can call to see if there is a problem

  28. Maria wilke says:

    I past my citizenship test on October 15 2019 but I still don’t have the letter for the oath ceremony

    Please advise

  29. Ni Din says:

    Hi There,
    I already did my interview, passed and also attended the ceremony in 2016 in Rhode island. On that day the officer also took my green card. This year, I also applied for the passport and got it and then took vacation to Bahamas. I heard a lot of people saying that i should update my status at the social security service. Now i live in Indiana State. My question is do i need to go to the social security office and update my information? if not it is going effects in the future?

    Thanks,

  30. Ashraf ajaj says:

    Hi, I passed my citizenship interview November 1/2019, but they didn’t mail me a notice for ceremony.
    what I do?
    thanks

  31. Getachew Hailegiorgis says:

    hi
    This is Getachew
    I was took my citizen ship test and passed 6 weak a go
    I didn’t get any mailing in mail box For the next step ceremony
    As I saw on web sight it will take from 4 to 6 weak I already get 6 weak so what hapinend ?is thier any one who it may concern
    Feed back me
    Thanks

  32. Angelo davis says:

    I passed my interview last sept.5 ,2019 until now I did not receive. Letter for my oath taking ceremony what happen … can u help me with this matter ? Thanks

  33. Layi Ogunnubi says:

    My dad passed his interview since December 11
    It’s more than 3weeks nd we are still waiting for mail of the oath ceremony
    What should we do please?

  34. Kidist says:

    I passed MyCitizenshipExam November 11/18 they didn’t mail me

  35. Augusta Holly says:

    My borthday certificate name is Mar ie Louise Augusta Holly.I didn’t h ear any thing from immigration.I w ant you to know that.I passed civil test on wednesday january 22,2014.I came to 26 federal plaza new,new yo rk and then the officer immigration told me that’s.I passed civil test. I didn’t hear from immigration to s end me a letter to citizenship ceremony everydays.I check my mailb ox

  36. Anonymous says:

    My certificate is Marie Louise Augu sta Holly.I came united state since feburary 3,1970.I grow up here whe n.I was a little girl and then.I w ent school here and then.I graduate d from public school and junior hig h school and even high school and t hen.I worked here also and then.I a pply for N-400 since m arch 25,2002 the immigration the appointment f or interview and then the officer l ady interview with me do the my int erview with me and then officer lad y and gave me civil test right ther e.I would like to know what’s happe ned to the civi test.I took on wedn sday january 22,2014.I want you to know that.I came to 26 federal plaz
    a new,new york on friday january 22 ,2016 the officer immigration t old me.I passed the civil test and the n.I told the officer immigration.I didn’t received no letter to come t he citize nship ceremony that day can you tell me what’s happened to citizenship my civil test still no w nothing about my citizenship civi il test.I took already on wednesday january 22,2014 that’s make six yea rs ago

  37. Wai ling Cheong says:

    Hi I passed my citizenship interview on
    10/1/2019. Today is 3/12/2020.but I still haven’t received a notice for the Oath Ceremony date. What should I do now?

  38. MOHAMMAD says:

    I have been pass us citizenships almost 2 year ago but still i was waiting for my oath ceremony Date .USCIS still never sent me anu letter or anything then i can understand what I should have to do . Should I need to do something or what i need to do please Let me know?Thank you.

  39. Aslam says:

    I have been waiting for my citizenship interview for nine months, still haven’t heard anything.
    I can’t wait to become a proud American citizen; I really deserve it.
    May God bless this free land!! Amen.

  40. Ives says:

    I had my interview last month but still didn’t receive or no updates on my case when will be my oath ceremony. Do I need to contact them or what? Because I know somebody had her interview in the same place and 2 days later than my interview but she have a schedule for oath ceremony a already and she changed her name too. Thanks

  41. Carrie Fox says:

    Hi were looking into buying house moving to us in few years.
    How long after the test and all required do you have to actually move to the us from uk

    As we are thinking to buy land and then part mortgage to build a house and also to take our business there but have to be u.s citizen to be able to get a mortgage.

    • admin says:

      Hi Carrie,
      We wish that we could answer that question for you.
      We are not affiliated with the U.S. Government. We only provide online study tools and general tips to help people prepare for their U.S Citizenship Test/Interview. We do not provide one-on-one guidance for the citizenship application process.
      For more detailed and personalized information and guidance, we recommend that you contact USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) to assist you with your inquiry.

  42. Fonseco says:

    After I do my interview can I still travel before the swearing day and how long after I take the oath can I travel?

    • admin says:

      Hi Fonseco,
      We wish that we could answer that question for you.
      We are not affiliated with the U.S. Government. We only provide online study tools and general tips to help people prepare for their U.S Citizenship Test/Interview. We do not provide one-on-one guidance for the citizenship application process.
      For more detailed and personalized information and guidance, we recommend that you contact USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) to assist you with your inquiry.

  43. rosie says:

    So i have a wedding out of the country in December, my exam is on OCT 29th when i take the oath is aprox 2wks after my exam but i have to turn in my resident card. i dont think my US passport will arrive ontime.
    can i travel with my certificate

    • admin says:

      Hi Rosie,
      We wish that we could answer that question for you.
      We are not affiliated with the U.S. Government. We only provide online study tools and general tips to help people prepare for their U.S Citizenship Test/Interview. We do not provide one-on-one guidance for the citizenship application process.
      For more detailed and personalized information and guidance, we recommend that you contact USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) to assist you with your inquiry.

  44. Teresa Sauceda says:

    I went for my citizenship test they give me a paper saying i pass, September 23,do you know how long a take to do the Oats? And also i don’t know if i can travel out of Us? Please help

    • admin says:

      Hi Teresa,
      We wish that we could answer that question for you.
      We are not affiliated with the U.S. Government. We only provide online study tools and general tips to help people prepare for their U.S Citizenship Test/Interview. We do not provide one-on-one guidance for the citizenship application process.
      For more detailed and personalized information and guidance, we recommend that you contact USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) to assist you with your inquiry.

  45. Noor says:

    HI . i passed my test on the second time and the office gave me a letter stating that i passed my test. My test was 10/28 and on 11/05 i received a letter for re-examination. the letter is dated on 10/29. a day later than my interview test.
    please help why did i get this letter.

    • admin says:

      Hi Noor,
      We wish that we could help provide some clarity for you on that.
      We are not affiliated with the U.S. Government. We only provide online study tools and general tips to help people prepare for their U.S Citizenship Test/Interview. We do not provide one-on-one guidance for the citizenship application process.
      For more detailed and personalized information and guidance, we recommend that you contact USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) to assist you with your inquiry.

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