Taking your oath to receive U.S. citizenship is an important moment, one many wish to share with the people in their life that supported them along the way. We want you to have the best experience possible for the day of your ceremony, so we collected the following tips for inviting guests.
Who Can Come to my U.S. Citizenship Oath Ceremony?
Generally speaking, anyone can come to your U.S. citizenship oath ceremony: family, friends, children, anyone you want!
How Many Guests Can I Bring?
The number of people you can bring to your ceremony depends greatly on the location and venue of the ceremony itself. For instance, the fire code may limit the number of people allowed in the room. If the number of people taking the oath is close of the maximum number of people allowed in the room, then your guest may not be allowed into the ceremony. It is important to remember that the oath ceremony is long, and so it could be possible that if you bring many guests, they may have to resort to standing in the back, which could be tiresome.
Who Should I Bring?
This is completely up to you! We do recommend considering the stress the ceremony may put on certain potential guests. This may not be the best environment for children, as they may become bored, hungry, or disruptive during the ceremony. If you are considering inviting an elderly or disabled person, please note that there may not be a seat guaranteed. You will want to communicate they may have to stand for a significant period of time if seating is limited and no one is willing to offer a seat.
How Can I learn About My Venue?
If you are planning to bring a lot of guests, or a guest who needs accommodations, you should first call USCIS to see if they have any guidance on what the venue is like, or if there are limitations on guests.