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  • How can I get my naturalization date?

    Hi,

    I have to fill in a form to apply for my Social Security (age 65) and I'm being asked for the date of my naturalization which I don't have because I can't find my certificate.

    I have a valid passport though.

    Where or how can I get the date?

    thanks,

    Michael

  • #2
    Do you remember your oath date?
    D/O: Chicago, IL

    10/11/2008 -- N-400 Sent
    10/13/2008 -- N-400 Received
    10/24/2008 -- FP Letter Received
    11/07/2008 -- FP Appointment (Completed)
    12/13/2008 -- Case File Review Not. Rec'd
    01/02/2009 -- IL Received
    02/26/2009 -- Interview Date (Passed)
    03/05/2009 -- Oath Date
    03/05/2009 -- Applied for Passport
    04/06/2009 -- Received Passport & C.N.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Mr Vertigo View Post
      Do you remember your oath date?
      Sorry no.

      I got my green card around May 1978 and I didn't apply for citizenship until around 1988.

      It was a long time ago!

      I don't think I ever got my naturalization certificate back after getting my passport, is that par for the course now?

      Thanks for your reply,

      Mike

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      • #4
        You didn't make a copy before mailing in your original certificate?

        http://lmgtfy.com/?q=lost+naturalization+certificate

        You should start by making an online INFOPASS appointment to talk to an officer and see if they can look it up for you.

        You may have to file a form N-565 to get a new certificate. If INS lost your original, USCIS might waive the fee, but given how long it has been that seems a bit unlikely. Naturalizations are a matter of public record, so an officer ought to be able to help you get the date without an application that takes a year to process.
        Last edited by aosing; 8th July 2009, 07:09 PM.

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        • #5
          Naturalization certificates are returned after applying for passport. This is how it works now, and always (before). If you lost your certificate you can get a new one with N-565. As aosing has pointed out you might try to do an Infopass or follow the public record trail. I am not familiar with that process.

          N-400 timeline
          DO : San Jose
          11/28/2006 : Mailed
          12/04/2006 : PD (and Receive Date)
          12/05/2006 : Check cashed
          12/11/2006 : Notice Date (Received on the 14th)
          12/22/2006 : FP ND
          01/09/2007 : FP Appt
          12/29/2006 : FP Done. Walk-In
          07/17/2007 : Interview (ND May 17)
          08/22/2007 : Oath (Received Jul 26, issued on the 23d, mailed on 24th)
          08/23/2007 : Applied N-600 and Expedited Passport
          09/06/2007 : Passport received
          08/20/2008 : Sent N-565 (Approved Feb 17, 2009)

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          • #6
            Hi Michael - I am in the same boat, but I called the SS administration yesterday and they took my application over the phone; now I have to take my valid US passport to the SS office locally to show proof of citizenship. I'd like to get a copy of my certificate too but it costs $380 (ouch). You'll be okay with your SS as long as you have your passport. Call them at 1-877-593-3955. Hope this helped.....very scary eh?

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