With as many as a million worldwide residents looking to become United States citizens on an annual basis, there is no greater honor than finally reaching the end of the long immigration process to become part of the "Oath Ceremony." For some people, the wait can be as long as 10 years. When the time finally comes, it is said to feel like a bit of rebirth as they pledge their allegiance to the United States of America. At all times, the chance to gain US citizenship should be considered a privilege.
The Oath Ceremony is a culmination of days, months and years spent filling out the appropriate forms, making the necessary payments, attending interviews and waiting for all the i's to be dotted and the t's to be crossed. It all starts with the…show more content… The most common reasons include:
Failed the English and/or Civics Tests - Retesting is permitted one time on the part failed.
Criminal Record - Anyone convicted of murder or aggravated assault will be automatically denied. Other felonies will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. In some cases, a certain amount of good time after conviction will clear the path.
Failure to Meet Residential Requirements - While travel as a permanent resident is permitted outside the U.S., strict guidelines must be adhered to in order to avoid disrupting the continuos residence requirement.
Failure to Meet Financial Requirements - This could include the failure to pay taxeson time or provide proof of sufficient self-support and support for dependents.
Fraud or Lying to the USCIS - This would include any false information provided on the US Citizenship application form or during the US Citizenship interview.
About the Naturalization Oath Ceremony
It's only after the naturalization ceremony that a new US citizen will receive the rights to a US passport and to vote, among other rights granted all citizens. Taking of the oath is essentially the process of pledging allegiance to the United States of America in all endeavors. It's important to note that US citizenship will not be granted until such time as this very important oath is…show more content… The decision will be based on where you live and the timing of the oath ceremony scheduled within your district. It's even possible for the ceremony to take place the day you clear your interview, though a wait of several months is also quite possible. During your wait, you want to be sure to stay current on your Green Card renewal process with US Immigration. This invitation will be viewed as a formal appointment with the US government. When the time comes, your presence is mandatory. If scheduling conflicts occur, you can request another date so long as you can present compelling reasons for your absence. This should viewed as a special occasion and appropriate attire is strongly