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Naturalization

Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is granted to a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. The USCIS website provides resources that will answer many questions about the naturalization process. You can learn about how to apply for naturalization or if you qualify for naturalization by visiting the USCIS’s Citizenship through Naturalization page.

The USCI's field office in Atlanta is the nearest immigration office that services the Middle District of Alabama. The phone numbers for the Atlanta office are:

Regular Toll-free (800) 375-5283
TDD for hearing impaired (800) 767-1833
Toll-free for Military (877) 247-4645
(These are automated systems -- if you need to speak with a person you will be given an option to do so.)

Contact the Immigration Office in Atlanta if you have questions about which forms you need or have questions about other parts of the process.

Most of the necessary forms may be obtained by clicking here. Forms may also be obtained by calling (800) 870-3676 and requesting that the forms be mailed to you.

Once you know which forms you need, you may contact the Clerk's Office of the Middle District of Alabama to see if we maintain a form you are seeking.

Local Ceremonies

If USCIS approves your Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, you will be scheduled to  take  the Oath of Allegiance at a naturalization ceremony. Taking the oath will complete the process of becoming a U.S. citizen.

Naturalization ceremonies in our Court are usually held in February, May, July and October. The dates may vary and are dependent on the headquarters office and whether there are any candidates to be naturalized at that particular time. These events are typically conducted in our Ceremonial Courtroom (2F) to accommodate the candidates for citizenship, their families and other interested groups like the Colonial Dames, Daughters of the American Revolution and other civic and philanthropic organizations.

Additional information about naturalization ceremonies is available here or by calling our office at (334) 954-3939.