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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 United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois is honored to take part in the process of Naturalization.

Click to view previous Naturalization ceremonies.

Naturalization Procedure

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) should be contacted directly for procedures on becoming naturalized. Visit the USCIS web site, for answers to common questions, copies of forms, and general information. Applicants seeking citizenship will receive their ceremony date and time from the USCIS.

Lost Certificate

If you wish to replace a lost Certificate of Naturalization, you must complete form N-565, Application for Replacement Naturalization Citizenship Document, and pay the appropriate fee. The form and additional filing information is available at