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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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Naturalizaton Ceremony during Constitution Day in 2015
Naturalizaton Ceremony during Constitution Day in 2014



Court Naturalization Schedule for 2016

ABINGDON DIVISION
April 26, 2016
August 25, 2016
December 1, 2016
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CHARLOTTESVILLE DIVISION
January 22, 2016
March 24, 2016
April 14, 2016
April 15, 2016
May 13, 2016
July 4, 2016
August 11, 2016
August 12, 2016
September 9, 2016
October 7, 2016
November 18, 2016
December 16, 2016
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*Monticello - Home of Thomas Jefferson, Charlottesville, Virginia
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HARRISONBURG DIVSION
February 3, 2016
March 24, 2016
April 5, 2016
April 20, 2016
May 12, 2016
June 9, 2016
July 6, 2016
August 17, 2016
September 20, 2016
October 5, 2016
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*Shenandoah National Park
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*Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton, Virginia
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LYNCHBURG DIVISION
April 13, 2016
May 6, 2016
July 15, 2016
September 16, 2016
September 21, 2016
October 21, 2016
December 2, 2016
*Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest
*Patrick Henry National Memorial, Red Hill, Virginia
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*Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest
*Appomattox Court House National Historical Park
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ROANOKE DIVISION
January 12, 2016
March 11, 2016
April 8, 2016
April 22, 2016
May 20, 2016
June 17, 2016
July 22, 2016
August 19, 2016
September 13, 2016
October 21, 2016
November 15, 2016
December 9, 2016
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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 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.