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  • Can we travel on Indian Passport after becoming US Citizen

    I have indian passport valid until 2011. Now i am getting my citizentship (oath is on 09/25/2009 ) After i get the US Passport, Is it must that we need to have OCI/PIO Card/Visa to travel India or can we travel with the Indian passport?? can we have both passports and use Indian passport to Enter india and use US Passport to Enter US?
    Last edited by RSMuser; 17th September 2009, 03:07 PM.

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    You will definitely run into problems if you try using your Indian passport after gaining US citizenship.

    The Indian Constitution does not recognize an Indian holding another citizenship so the moment we become US Citizens, we virtually renounce our Indian Citizenship ... the fact that you hold an Indian passport valid for x more years is inconsequential to your Indian Citizenship status. You will need either Visa, PIO or an OCI to travel to India along w/ your US Passport.

    I don't see any interpretive or mitigating issues that the Indian Immigration authorities will be sympathetic to so better plan on getting one of the three authorized entry permits for India once you get your US Passport.



    Originally posted by RSMuser View Post
    I have indian passport valid until 2011. Now i am getting my citizentship (oath is on 09/25/2009 ) After i get the US Passport, Is it must that we need to have OCI/PIO Card/Visa to travel India or can we travel with the Indian passport?? can we have both passports and use Indian passport to Enter india and use US Passport to Enter US?
    Last edited by Rjain2; 17th September 2009, 03:26 PM.
    Citizenship
    05/16/09 : mailed N-400 TX
    05/23/09 : NOA recd
    06/06/09 : FP Notice
    06/13/09 : FP Completed
    06/26/09 : IL received
    08/20/09 : Interview and Oath Done @ Baltimore!!
    US Passports:
    08/22/09 : Applied
    09/08/09 : Received
    OCI
    09/16/09 : Mailed to Wash.
    10/17/09 : Acknowledged
    10/23/09 : Scanned
    10/29/09 : Granted
    10/30/09 : Printed
    11/03/09 : Dispatched from Delhi
    11/19/09 : Recd @ Washington
    11/17/09 : Mailed US Passport to Embassy
    11/24/09 : OCI Recd!

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      Originally posted by RSMuser View Post
      I have indian passport valid until 2011. Now i am getting my citizentship (oath is on 09/25/2009 ) After i get the US Passport, Is it must that we need to have OCI/PIO Card/Visa to travel India or can we travel with the Indian passport?? can we have both passports and use Indian passport to Enter india and use US Passport to Enter US?
      India doesn't allow dual citizenship officially. They have already established the intelligence computer system at any Indian port. It is not advisable to use Indian passport after becoming a US citizen. When you take a US citizenship oath on 09/25/2009, your Indian passport will be invalid. However, Indian visa or OCI/PIO must be obtained in order to enter India. Of course, US passport is a must, too because your US green card will be taken away at the US oath ceremony and you won't be able to enter USA without US passport or US green card.
      Center: VSC
      N-400 mailing date: 12/15/2007
      PD: 12/18/2007
      ND: 01/08/2008
      FP: 1/26/2008
      IL recd: 5/5/2008 or 5/6/2008
      Interview scheduled: 06/12/2008 at 11:20 AM
      Oath: 06/12/2008
      Status: Case closed - Completed. Official US citizen.

      Applied for US passport and US passport card: 06/13/2008
      Received US passport: 06/21/2008
      Received US passport card: 08/25/2008

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