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Hi people,

I've been lurking in here lately. I recently went for my naturalization interview under the 3year rule and was granted approval. I am just waiting for the oath ceremony letter in 2-3 weeks. My interview was brutal with lots of grilling questions especially proof of marital Union but I pulled it off in God's name. My question is how many people can you take with you to naturalization.. Is it a wise idea to have my wife go with me or they don't need her there? Reason because we have opposite work schedule. How long does the ceremony take and is it a party? Just wondering if it's better to go alone like my interview to save some stress.. Any input appreciated. Thanks!

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No one other than yourself is required to go; this is a ceremony, not another interview where you may need witnesses.

How many people you can take to the Oath Ceremony will depend on the location; in a small, rural USCIS office they may do it in the waiting room of the same place where you had the interview (that is the case in Fort Smith, where I went through), and you are permitted to bring as many people as you want (but most new citizens only bring spouses and kids, perhaps parents if they are in the country. In my office, they even had coloring pages and crayons for my toddlers while we waited!). In other places like LA, you may have a ceremony with hundred, if not thousands, of people at the same time and each new citizen only gets to bring a couple of guests. Similarly, the ceremony itself takes about 1.5-2 hours, but it can be longer with more people, and there is often waiting around beforehand. It is a solemn occasion, rather than a party, with swearing in and the pledge of allegience and a address by the President over video. There is even a dress code.

Bye: Penguin

Me: Irish/ Swiss citizen, and now naturalised US citizen. Husband: USC; twin babies born Feb 08 in Ireland and a daughter in Feb 2010 in Arkansas who are all joint Irish/ USC. Did DCF (IR1) in 6 weeks via the Dublin, Ireland embassy and now living in Arkansas.

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