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Good morning,


  My wife's oath ceremony is next Friday (2/15/19) at the Atlanta service center.  The letter that USCIS sent states after the oath ceremony you can apply for a new social security card (without the restrictions statement) and a passport.  We had planned  to go to the social security office and post office (to send US passport forms) after we  finished...but will take full advantage of this one stop service.  


My question is for those of you that have already traveled that road applying for the passport.  Did you bring two passport pictures with you or do they take your picture at the center?   Did they take your naturalization certificate and send it with the passport application?  If you go to the post office to apply for the passport they take your naturalization certificate and send it in with your passport application to the state department.  The state department send the naturalization certificate back to you.  The thing is we have gone through a lot to get to this point in our visa journey and once we get the naturalization certificate we really do not want to let go of this piece of gold.  My hope is they review the certificate and give it back to you but do not think that is going to happen.  I would love to hear from anyone that has already done the oath ceremony and applied for their passport at the USCIS office.  


Thanks in advance for your reply and may God bless you



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Hi there I have been through the Atlanta USCIS office, at the time of my oath on Jan 11 2019 the passport folks weren’t at the center. Apparently it’####### or miss, therefore I went to the post office nearby, yes you have to send the original naturalization certificate they will send it back to you within couple weeks, there’s no other way around it. 

I would wait to change your status with the social security office, because information on their end doesn’t get updated for 2 weeks. Good luck to your wife and congrats! 

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First off...congratulations!  Yes, you have to send the Naturalization certificate when you apply for the passport.  Even in NJ it was hit and miss if someone was there...however, they did have someone from the league of women voters there, so my husband did that.  We left there...and sent in his passport at the post office...and got it back in 9 days!  The Naturalization certificate comes back in a separate envelope.  Good luck.  


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Good evening,


  My wife had her oath ceremony this past Friday at the USCIS Atlanta office which is really located in Tucker, Ga.  When we checked in I asked one of the employees about social security and passport officials being  at the ceremony.  They told me that stopped some time ago.  I showed the the oath letter where it says they will be at the office.  They told me that statement should have been removed a long time ago.  


No worries.  Yes you need to wait at least 10 days before going to the social security office to change your status.  We headed over to the driver's license office after the ceremony and changed the status of her driver's license.  The post office on Gresham Road in Marietta, Ga accepts walk in passport drop off applications Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 3:00.  Post office is closed on Monday for President's Day but we will be there on Tuesday to drop off passport application.  Yes we will gladly pay for the expedited processing and express shipping.  


On a side note there were people at the USCIS office to sign you up to vote but we handled that when she updated her driver's license status.  


Thanks to all


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