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Naturalization

What is Naturalization?

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   The court does not have the ability to change your scheduled naturalization date.  If you have specific questions regarding the Naturalization process, please contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Immigration Records

The sole record maintained by the Clerk of the Court for the District of Montana is the Petition for Name Change.  Citizens may obtain a copy of the original petition by contacting the clerk's office at the corresponding location of the ceremony.  The date of the ceremony must be provided in order to locate the petition.  For all other records, please contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at (800) 375-5283.

The Naturalization Ceremony

The culmination of the Naturalization process is the administration of the Oath of Citizenship.  In the District of Montana, approximately 300 petitioners take the oath of citizenship in a formal ceremony every year.  The ceremony typically lasts for about an hour.  For specific questions reqarding the Naturalization ceremony, please contact the clerk's office in your location

2017 Naturalization Ceremony Schedule