United States District Court
The United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia is honored to take part in the naturalization process.
Naturalization is the process by which United States 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. Once the application has been processed, a list of the candidates selected to be naturalized is provided to the court.
The court is not involved in any other immigration processes. For all information on immigration and naturalization issues, to include scheduling a new date if you are unable to appear for your scheduled ceremony, please visit the www.uscis.gov or call 1-800-375-5283.
Naturalization ceremonies in the Western District of Virginia are held in the courthouses of Abingdon, Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, Lynchburg and Roanoke. *Additional ceremonies are held at Red Hill Patrick Henry National Memorial, Museum of American Frontier Culture, and Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson, primary author of the Declaration of Independence.
Court Naturalization Schedule for 2013
You must arrive at the location of your ceremony at the date and time listed in the notification letter sent to you by the USCIS. Upon entering the courthouse, everyone is required to pass through a security screening. Please allow extra time for the screening process.
Court ceremonies begin at 11:00 a.m. except for the ceremony held at Monticello scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. Petitioners should report early to check-in, complete paperwork and review completed paperwork with the USCIS Officers. A petitioner who is not fluent in English, but who is age 55 or older and has a U.S. permanent residency status of more that 20 years, may be accompanied by someone who can interpret in the petitioner's native language.
For directions and additional information about the location of your ceremony, please click on the appropriate link:
To view a sample of the Oath of Allegiance, click here.
To view the Pledge of Allegiance, click here.
Everyone is expected comply with court rules. Please remain quiet during the proceedings and stand when the judge enters or leaves the courtroom.
This is an important day for all the petitioners and their families. We invite you to come and take part in this uniquely American experience.
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