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Citizenship Ceremonies - Naturalization Information

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, Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest, and Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson, primary author of the Declaration of Independence.

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Court Naturalization Schedule for 2019

ABINGDON DIVISION
April 5, 2019
August 23, 2019
December 6, 2019
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CHARLOTTESVILLE DIVISION

February 7, 2019
March 6, 2019
April 10, 2019
May 8, 2019
June 6, 2019
July 4, 2019
July 26, 2019
August 2, 2019
August 29, 2019
September 13, 2019
October 11, 2019
November 6, 2019
December 13, 2019

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*Monticello - Home of Thomas Jefferson, Charlottesville, Virginia
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HARRISONBURG DIVISION
February 14, 2019
March 19, 2019
April 24, 2019
May 30, 2019
June 21, 2019
July 16, 2019
July 18, 2019
September 5, 2019
September 17, 2019
August 21, 2019
October 17, 2019
November 13, 2019
December 11, 2019
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*Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton, Virginia
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LYNCHBURG DIVISION
April 12, 2019
May 29, 2019
August 9, 2019
September 17, 2019
October 25, 2019
December 6, 2019
*Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest
*Patrick Henry National Memorial, Red Hill, Virginia
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ROANOKE DIVISION

January 4, 2019
March 15, 2019
April 12, 2019
April 26, 2019
May 17, 2019
June 14, 2019
June 28, 2019
July 19, 2019
August 16, 2019
September 13, 2019
September 27, 2019
October 18, 2019
November 22, 2019
December 13, 2019

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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:

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Everyone is expected to 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.