USCIS Updates Voter Registration Guidance for Naturalization Ceremonies

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is updating guidance in our Policy Manual to provide
clarification on voter registration access at our administrative naturalization ceremonies.
The updated guidance:

  • Affirms that USCIS provides access to voter registration services at each administrative
    naturalization ceremony, including information regarding points-of-contact for voting and voter
  • Provides that USCIS offices request that election officials from state or local government election
    offices attend ceremonies to distribute, collect, and review voter registration applications, and to
    officially register new citizens to vote;
  • Affirms that USCIS offices coordinate with non-partisan, non-governmental organizations for voter
    registration services when state and local government election officials are not available; and
  • Provides that, to the extent feasible, USCIS offices invite governmental or non-governmental
    organizations offering on-site voter registration services the opportunity to introduce themselves
    and address the naturalization candidates before the ceremony.
    For consistency and efficiency, USCIS also created the Form N-401, Voter Registration Services
    Attestation (PDF, 273.71 KB), for non-governmental agencies to submit a one-time request per field
    office to participate in administrative naturalization ceremonies.
    This guidance is immediately effective.
    This update demonstrates USCIS’ commitment to support Executive Order 14019, Promoting Access to
    Voting, by promoting and encouraging the exercise of the right to vote, removing any agency obstacles
    that may prevent new citizens from registering to vote at naturalization ceremonies, and expanding
    access to voter registration.
    For more information, please see the policy alert (PDF, 318.85 KB).