The ceremonies are presided over by a federal judge. These are special moments for the judges as well, giving them a chance to salute the efforts of the men and women they are about to naturalize, while encouraging them to fully participate in the rights and responsibilities that come with citizenship.
Ceremonies are open to the public, but seating is limited. They serve as a real, and often moving, civics lesson that visitors will not soon forget.
Time and Duration
Citizen candidates will receive a Notice of Oath Ceremony from USCIS. It is important to follow all directions on the form including check-in time. Limited seating is available for family members and visitors on a first come/first serve basis. Check in time and Oath Ceremony time can possibly last up to two hours. Please keep this in mind when considering to bring small children.
Participants and guests attending Naturalization ceremonies at the courthouse must go through a security screening as they enter the courthouse.
Photography is generally prohibited in the federal courthouse, however, the court has granted permission for photos during and after the ceremony.
Public parking is not available at the courthouse, however, several parking garages and lots are located nearby.
If You Cannot Attend a Ceremony
If you cannot attend your scheduled naturalization ceremony, return the notice, Form N-445, Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony, to US Citizenship and Immigration Services, 310 East Knapp Street, Room 154 Milwaukee, WI 53202-4504, along with a letter requesting a new date and explaining why you cannot attend the scheduled naturalization ceremony. Failing to appear more than once for your naturalization ceremony may lead to a denial of your application.