My naturalization interview is scheduled for 7:20 a.m. on Monday. It should be pretty straight-forward; I'm a law-abiding, (lots of) tax-paying, English-speaking professional woman in her early-30s who will not be looking to change her name. USCIS.gov says that same-day oath ceremonies are offered at the Atlanta field office, but also that admin ceremonies are held 3-4 times per week (which seems to potentially conflict with the concept of same-day ceremonies). What are the odds that I'll be offered a same-day ceremony and anybody have a sense at what time of day the ceremony would take place? (My husband isn't excited about tagging along for the early morning interview, but he'd hate to miss the ceremony and wouldn't want me to turn down the opportunity for a same-day one.)FYI - I was able to participate in the 11 a.m. ceremony - the cutoff was all interviews completed by 10:15 a.m. or the first 50 candidates, whichever came first. There was also a 2 p.m. ceremony that day, but it sounded like there wouldn't be another round of ceremonies until Friday. (As fair warning, the office isn't the most organized, but they have a new director and I think he's trying to get them into better shape.)
Best wishes with your upcoming naturalization interview and examination. The most recent word from the USCIS's Atlanta Field Office regarding same-day naturalization oath ceremonies is as follows:
"There likely will be days in which same-day ceremonies are conducted based on staffing resources and in the interest of good customer service. However, we do not expect this to be the norm. Whenever possible, we use discretion to make same-day ceremony accommodations for individuals with special circumstances, to include but not limited to Military, applicants with disabilities and customers residing far away from the Field Office." (from USCIS responses to questions raised at the 10/30/2014 American Immigration Lawyers Association Georgia-Alabama Chapter Liaison Meeting)
Even if you are offered a same-day ceremony, the USCIS's Atlanta Field Office generally will accommodate a request to schedule a ceremony at a later date.
David N. Soloway
Frazier, Soloway & Kennedy, PC
[Note: Consistent with Avvo policy, this communication is intended as general information and not specific legal advice, and this communication does not create an attorney-client relationship.] David N. Soloway
In a recent liaison meeting with the USCIS Atlanta Field Office, the Field Office Director stated that the office will be trying to have more same-day oath ceremonies offered to approved naturalization applicants however they cannot guarantee that this will happen in every case. If a same-day ceremony is available but you are not able to attend the ceremony the same-day the officer should schedule you for another time/day.
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