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Thread: Is it possible to enter US only with Naturalization Certificate

  1. #1
    Hi I have a question.
    It normally takes 6 week to get US passport after naturalization. I may be required to travel for very important business matter right after Naturalization ceremony, can I enter US only by Naturalization Certificate?

  2. #2
    Hi I have a question.
    It normally takes 6 week to get US passport after naturalization. I may be required to travel for very important business matter right after Naturalization ceremony, can I enter US only by Naturalization Certificate?

  3. #3
    Yes, but you are HIGHLY encourage to go get a passport. Those certificates are easily lost, damaged, folded up, etc. etc. They're designed to be hung up on the wall in pride. Use a passport if you can. Plus the IS likes it cuz they can easily be scanned and verified.

    -= nav =-

  4. #4
    Hi Moondin
    Thank you. I will.
    It is very helpful info.
    I have additional a bit more complex question.
    If I plan to submit I-130 to
    American Embassy oversea(Since it is far faster process than in the USA),
    it requires me to show that my stay is temporary.
    I plan to enter the country with the passport of the country,
    not US passport.
    Can naturalization certificate and
    completely blank passport be acceptable as document?
    Do they(Officer of American Embassy)
    care if I enter the country with US passport or Non-US passport?
    [ie:No Visa Stump of the country, If USC enter the country with US passport,
    A stump related for VWP should be printed on the US passport]

  5. #5
    - a certificate of naturalization is not a travel document, it's just a cert that you've been naturalized!
    - you will not be alouwed back into the U.S. without a valid passport

    and that's the end of this story!

  6. #6
    you could technically enter the U.S. on a verbal declaration,but i would highly recommend a passport.

  7. #7
    GoodSun:

    You can get a passport in as little as two weeks. You would have to pay an extra fee to expedite it. Here's a link to get more info:

    http://travel.state.gov/passport_expedite.html

    [This message was edited by PhoenixStyle on December 01, 2003 at 01:28 AM.]

  8. #8
    Aremac and Maximu,

    Hey guys, it seems to me you are talking about two completely different isssues. A passport is a requiered document for traveling abroad (except if you want to go to Canada or Mexico, because there are international treaties). It doent matter your citizenship you need a passport of any country in order to leave and enter the US.

    Now, being admitted in the US is a different story. I dont know if the naturalization certificate will be enough, But you must have a green card and that document is proof of your permanent residency. It should be good enough to allow you to re-entry to US soil.

  9. #9
    it is against a FEDERAL law for an American citizen to try and reenter the US without a US passport! A naturalization certificate is NOT a travel document. Sure, at the land borders often the BCIS folks do not ask to see a ppt, but try this at an airport and see what happens. Remember, an airline overseas cannot legally board someone without proper travel docs or else they get fined (something like $3000). I am not saying a person might not be admitted, but it could take time (and of course, an airline may not [correctly, I might add] board you from overseas.

  10. #10
    You can pay extra to get rush processing on your passport.
    Have a nice day

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