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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 2020

ABINGDON DIVISION
April 3, 2020 - Suspended
August 21, 2020
December 4, 2020
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CHARLOTTESVILLE DIVISION

February 7, 2020
April 17, 2020 - Suspended
May 15, 2020 - Suspended
July 4, 2020
July 17, 2020
August 7, 2020
August 28, 2020
September 11, 2020
October 2, 2020
November 6, 2020
December 4, 2020

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*Monticello - Home of Thomas Jefferson, Charlottesville, Virginia
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HARRISONBURG DIVISION
February 18, 2020
April 16, 2020 - Suspended
May 21, 2020 - Suspended
June 23, 2020
July 7, 2020
July 16, 2020
August 13, 2020
September 3, 2020
September 15, 2020
October 20, 2020
November 17, 2020
December 10, 2020
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*Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton, Virginia
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LYNCHBURG DIVISION
April 13, 2020 - Suspended
May 29, 2020 - Suspended
July 31, 2020
September 17, 2020
October 9, 2020
December 4, 2020
*Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest
*Patrick Henry National Memorial, Red Hill, Virginia
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ROANOKE DIVISION

January 17, 2020
March 27, 2020 - Suspended
April 3, 2020 - Suspended
April 24, 2020 - Suspended
May 15, 2020 - Suspended
June 19, 2020
June 22, 2020
July 17, 2020
July 24, 2020
August 28, 2020
September 11, 2020
September 28, 2020
October 2, 2020
October 9, 2020
November 20, 2020
December 4, 2020

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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.