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Naturalization Frequently Asked Questions


Naturalization Ceremonies

Ceremonies for the Southern District of Indiana are typically held three times per month at the Birch Bayh Federal Building and United States Courthouse, 46 East Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Special ceremonies may be held at other locations, as well.

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.

Courthouse Restrictions

Participants and guests attending Naturalization ceremonies at the federal courthouse must provide a photo ID and are prohibited from bringing liquids or beverages into the building. Learn more about Courthouse Restrictions.


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  3-hour time limit (please check the meter instructions. Parking before 9:00 A.M. is not allowed at some meters). Check Maps, Directions, & Travel Resources for more information.

Handicapped-Accessible Entrance

Located on the northeast corner of the United States Courthouse, at Pennsylvania and New York Streets.

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, Indianapolis Field Division, 1099 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204, with a letter explaining the need to cancel. Immigration Services will then reschedule your Naturalization Ceremony for a later date.