US District Court • Southern District of New York

Naturalization Ceremony and Schedule


What is Naturalization?

Naturalization Ceremony

Naturalization Schedule

Obtain a
Record of
Naturalization

Obtain a Record of Naturalization

Any naturalized citizen who requires a letter of verification to show proof of U.S. citizenship must obtain a record of naturalization and present it to this Court. A record of the weekly naturalization ceremony is filed by date and consists of a calendar list of names, corresponding green card numbers, naturalization certificate numbers and name change petitions. Some records are maintained on-site and may be retrieved from the Clerk's Office located in Manhattan. Other records are archived off-site and must be retrieved from one of the off-site locations.

Complete petitioners’ records are retained by the bureau of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

September 6, 1996 to present

Currently, the court maintains the records of naturalization that occurred as of September 6, 1996 to the present date. Anyone naturalized during this time and who needs to show proof of citizenship may request a letter of verification. Requests should be submitted to the Office of the Clerk located in Manhattan.

September 24, 1991 to September 6, 1996

To obtain a record of naturalization that occurred between September 24, 1991 and September 6, 1996, file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request at 26 Federal Plaza. Present the record to this Federal Court, and request a letter of verification.

Prior to September 24, 1991

To obtain a record of naturalization that occurred before September 24, 1991, request a certified copy of the record from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) located at 201 Varick Street, 12th Floor, New York City. The telephone number is (212) 401-1620. Present the certified copy of the record to this Federal Court, and request a letter of verification.

Questions regarding the Naturalization Ceremony are to be directed to the Clerk’s Office/Naturalization (212) 805-0710.

Visit the bureau of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to read the guide to naturalization, obtain the necessary forms and check the status of an application.