Information About Local Naturalization Ceremonies

Ceremonies for the Northern District of Iowa are held approximately six times a year at both the Sioux City and Cedar Rapids courthouses. Special ceremonies may be held at other locations, as well.

Time and Duration
Ceremonies usually start at 1:30 P.M. (citizens will receive a letter from the CIS Office, which states the time to appear at court -- usually one hour before the ceremony begins). This is necessary in order for the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services staff to process final paperwork. The average length of a ceremony is approximately two hours -- about one hour is used to process paperwork, and another hour for the ceremony itself.

Parking
Public parking is NOT available at the United States Courthouse. Several parking garages are located nearby. Parking meters are available within walking distance, with a 2-hour time limit (please check the meter instructions). Check Maps, Directions, & Travel Resources for more information.

If You Cannot Attend
Please do NOT contact the United States District Court Clerk’s Office if you cannot attend the ceremony. You must return the Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony (Form N-445) to the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, with a letter explaining the need to cancel. Immigration Services will then reschedule your Naturalization Ceremony for a later date.