Kansas City, MO asked in Immigration Law for Kansas

Q: Dual Citizenship: German and American

I am German Citizenship and am applying for US Citizenship right now. I just found out that the moment I accept the US Citizenship I will automatically loose my German one UNLESS I applied and received a retention permission from Germany before I accept the US Citizenship. I just applied for that retention permission from Germany and it takes 4-6 months to get it.

My Naturalization interview is on this Wednesday. Should I postpone the interview or can I still go to interview and just postpone the Oath Ceremony later until I receive the retention permission from Germany first?

What is the final step before I can officially call myself US Citizen?

What should my stated reasons be to postpone the Interview/ Oath Ceremony so it won't disadvantageously affect my US Citizenship application process?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Maya King
Maya King
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • North Kansas City, MO
  • Licensed in Kansas

A: You are not a U.S. citizen until you have been sworn in. Even after you pass the interview, you cannot call yourself a U.S. citizen until you receive the naturalization certificate. It's common to reschedule interviews or oath dates, people travel, get sick, etc. However, failing to appear more than once for your naturalization ceremony may lead to a denial of your application. I hope this helps.

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