Oath of Allegiance for Naturalized Citizens

The Final Step in Becoming a Citizen

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To become a U.S. citizen, you must take the Oath of Allegiance. When you take the oath, you must promise to:

  • Renounce foreign allegiances
  • Support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States
  • Fight in the U.S. Armed Forces, perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces, and perform civilian service in the U.S.

    If you are against serving in the military because of your religious beliefs, you may be exempted from the Armed Forces requirements. You must send a letter with your naturalization packet requesting a modified Oath and provide explanation as to why you cannot take the Oath as written.

    The Oath of Allegiance:

    "I hereby declare, on oath,

    that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen;

    that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same;

    that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law;

    that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law;

    that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God."

    In some cases, USCIS allows the oath to be taken without the clauses: ". . .that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by law. . ."

    Source: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services