Apostille for Certificate of Naturalization


OCTOBER 17, 2016

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How to get an apostille for your Certificate of Naturalization?

When a naturalized US citizen needs his or her Certificate of Naturalization apostilled, what would be the proper way to do it? Certificate of Naturalization is one of the documents that are not very easy to authenticate for foreign use. First of all, it is illegal to make a copy of Certificate of Naturalization (except for personal use). Therefore, it is not possible for a notary public to attest to a true copy. So, how is it done?

IMPORTANT! Your Certificate of Naturalization is a very important document, and should be treated accordingly. DO NOT send the original Certificate of Naturalization to any apostille agency. Obtain a true certified copy, and have it apostilled!

There is only one U.S. authority that can certify a copy of your Certificate of Naturalization, and this certified copy will be eligible for an apostille. This agency is USCIS...

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What is USCIS? It is U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. USCIS will issue a certified copy of naturalization certificate that will qualify for an apostille or foreign embassy legalization.

infopassMake an appointment with your local USCIS office by using the InfoPass Appointment Scheduler (just google "infopass"). InfoPass is a free service that lets you schedule appointments with USCIS online. The site will ask for your whereabouts, and provide the information about the USCIS office closest to you (both in the U.S. and foreign countries!) 

When you go to your appointment, be sure to bring your original naturalization certificate and a plain copy of it. Also bring one more form of photo identification (e.g. your driver license or passport). A USCIS officer will review the documents and will certify the copy, if the officer can confirm your identity and status as a naturalized citizen. Be sure to ask for a "Certified True Copy". Then you will get a copy eligible for an apostille.

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Due to the public health concern regarding COVID-19, many New York State and New York City agencies and consulates have suspended all walk-in service.  Therefore, all apostille/ authentication requests are being processed via mail with delayed processing time. The processing time for New York apostilles is currently around three and a half weeks. 

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