An applicant for naturalization must appear at a Naturalization Oath Ceremony to be sworn in as an American Citizen. Page 1 of Form N-455 states the date, place, and time for the ceremony. If the applicant is not able to attend this ceremony, the applicant must inform USCIS why attendance is not possible. Regulations state that USCIS is then required to send a new Form N-455 with another notice of naturalization oath ceremony.
Questionnaire on Page Two of N-455
Page 2 of N-455 contains a list of eight specific questions that require a "yes" or "no" answer. These questions seem at first glace to be for statistical purposes, but in fact they are provided as the final USCIS examination of the applicant's eligability for naturalization. The eight questions are to be answered on the day of the ceremony and submitted to an USCIS officer immediately prior to the ceremony. The officer will review the answers and make a final determination on eligibility. The applicant is required to sign page 2 of N-455 certifying the answers are true and correct.
Good Moral Character
The answers provided on page 2 relate to the time period between the naturalization interview and the oath ceremony. If "yes" is the answer to any of the questions, it is necessary to submit to USCIS information that provides details to the events. The failure to answer "yes" when such an event has happened can itself be later determined to be an act of bad moral character. It can result in the cancelation of the Certificate of Naturalization and further revocation of Citizenship. The person could also face criminal prosecution and deportation.
Honesty the Best Policy
In the end, the adage honesty is the best policy should be followed. Remember to bring to the Naturalization Oath Ceremony all of the documents listed on page 1 of Form N-455 including your permanent residency card (green card), reentry permit or refugee travel document, and any other requested immigration documents. Also, if any of your children are included in the N-400, they have to be present at the Naturalization Oath Ceremony.
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