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Naturalization Information

Naturalization is the process by which U.S. 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 and provides the Court with a list of the candidates selected to be naturalized in the Federal Court. .

If you have specific questions regarding the Naturalization process please inquire at the USCIS local office:

U.S. Citizens and Immigration Service
1543 Atwood Avenue
Johnston, Rhode Island 02919

For more information about this location CLICK HERE.  To schedule an appointment with the USCIS office go to INFOPASS.  For more information on contacting USCIS CLICK HERE.


The Naturalization Ceremony

The culmination of the Naturalization process is the administration of the Oath of Citizenship. In the District of Rhode Island, approximately 350 petitioners take the oath of citizenship in a formal ceremony every year. The ceremony typically lasts for about an hour. When attending a ceremony you must show a photo ID to enter the courthouse, and you will be subject to security screening.  For more information on planning your visit to the courthouse please visit the Public Resources section of our website by clicking here.

2020 Schedule of Naturalization Ceremonies

Date Location Presiding Judge
Monday, March 16, 2020 USCIS Office - Johnston, RI Magistrate Judge Sullivan
Monday, May 4, 2020 Courtroom 1 Judge McElroy
Monday, June 1, 2020 Slater Mill Magistrate Judge Almond
Saturday, June 13, 2020 PVD Festival (11:00 a.m.) Chief Judge McConnell
Thursday, July 2, 2020 McCoy Stadium (5:15 p.m.) Chief Judge McConnell
Monday, August 3, 2020 Courtroom 1 Judge McElroy
Thursday, September 17, 2020 Roger Williams Nat'l Park Magistrate Judge Almond
Monday, September 28, 2020 Courtroom 1 Magistrate Judge Sullivan
Monday, November 16, 2020 Courtroom 1 Judge Smith

Immigration Records

The only records maintained by the Clerk of the Court is the Petition for Name Change. For a copy of the original, contact the Clerk's Office. You will need to know the date of the ceremony. For all other records, please contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.