Naturalization Ceremony Information

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The following is important information regarding naturalization ceremonies:

Naturalization ceremonies are usually conducted at the Fairplex in Pomona, the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles, or the Quiet Cannon in Montebello. They are usually scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. (See Naturalization Ceremony Locations and Schedule for exact times.)

Individuals should NOT appear at a naturalization ceremony expecting to be naturalized unless they have received an invitation letter in advance of the ceremony that expressly states that the individual should appear on that specific date and at that specific time.

Due to traffic congestion, it is strongly recommended that you arrive 20 minutes earlier than the time indicated in the invitation letter.

The parking cost is usually between $12-$15.

Applicants scheduled for 8:00 a.m. should expect to be on their way home by 11:00 a.m. at the latest.  Applicants scheduled for 1:00 p.m. should expect to be on their way home by 3:00 p.m.

If the person who is being naturalized is elderly or has difficulty walking, it is strongly recommended that he or she bring a wheel chair. The in-processing and out-processing of applicants and guests involves much walking, standing, and waiting, and can be tiring for the elderly and the ill. Comfortable walking shoes are strongly recommended.

Elderly applicants should be accompanied by one adult family member. Although it is necessary to separate the applicants from their guests, it may be permissible to keep the elderly applicant and his or her accompanying adult together throughout the ceremony.

The ceremony size varies between 900 and 5,000 applicants plus their guests.

Due to the large size of the naturalization facilities and the fact that applicants and their guests are separated during processing, it is a good idea for the applicant and guest to designate a specific location at which to meet after the ceremony. Too often, individuals cannot locate each other at the conclusion of the ceremony.