I have been scheduled for a naturalization interview, but will be unable to make it on that day. How can I reschedule?
If at all possible, you should attend your naturalization
interview on the day it is scheduled. Trying to reschedule can produce
confusion and delays of many weeks or even months. However, if you truly cannot
make the scheduled appointment—for example, because of a medical or family
emergency—you can ask for a new date.
Whatever you do, do not simply skip the interview date. If
you do, USCIS is likely to close your case. Then you will have to start all
over again and reapply.
To request a reschedule, write to the office of U.S.
Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) where the interview was scheduled and
explain the situation, requesting a new interview date. Enclose a copy of the interview notice that USCIS sent you.
You can use the sample
letter, below, as a guide. (Do not send the letter to the same address that you
first sent your application—that is a USCIS Service Center, and once it has
transferred your file to your local USCIS office, it has no power over your
In order to qualify for a new interview date, you will need
to show that you are prevented from attending for reasons beyond your control.
“I’m not ready” is not an acceptable excuse. (If you simply have not prepared
adequately, we recommend that you attend anyway; see My naturalization
interview is next week, but I’m not ready! for details.)
[Your address and the date]
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Citizenship Unit[Address from which the interview notice came]
RE: [Your full name and A-number]; Request for Reschedule
I am unable to attend the citizenship interview that you set
for [date].The reason is that [explain your reason]. Please reschedule me for a
later date. I can be reached at the address above, or by telephone at [your
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Very truly yours,
[sign your name]
[type your name]
by: Ilona Bray, J.D.