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    Hi guys,

    I have the naturalization interview scheduled for July 27th. Will they take away my current passport (Portugal) during the interview? I am flying out of the country the following week, on August 4th and need my passport.

    If they do take away my old passport, what are my options?
    • Will they understand my situation and let me keep my passport?
    • Do I need to reschedule the interview?
    • If the interview is rescheduled, how long will I be delaying the process?

    Rescheduling my trip is not an option.

    Please advise. Thank you so much.

  • #2
    dont wory you can keep up to three citizenships. so they will not keep your passport.they just wana check your time period outside the usa.

    Good luck,........... and wish me as my interview is coming next month

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    • #3
      They will not take your passport but they will take your Green Card. Check with IO about your re-entry options because you get Citizenship certificate only after the Oath ceremony and then you can apply US passport.
      DO : NJ
      05/07/2009: mailed N-400
      05/08/2009: Priority Date
      05/12/2009: Notice Date
      06/12/2009: FP Done
      09/10/2009: ID
      09/10/2009: Oath
      09/10/2009: PP applied
      10/01/2009: PP received

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      • #4
        Originally posted by njdesi View Post
        They will not take your passport but they will take your Green Card. Check with IO about your re-entry options because you get Citizenship certificate only after the Oath ceremony and then you can apply US passport.

        I need the Green Card in order to re-enter the US! What will be my options?

        Also, can I request that my oath be on the same day? Will that keep my old passport after the oath?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Cidadao View Post
          I need the Green Card in order to re-enter the US! What will be my options?

          Also, can I request that my oath be on the same day? Will that keep my old passport after the oath?

          They will not take away your green card on the day of the interview (unless it varies from one DO to another).

          You have to give it away during the oath ceremony so if you're planning to travel after the interview but before the oath ceremony you should be fine. As for requesting your oath on the same day as your interview, it depends on your DO, maybe that's something that they already do.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by McTavish
            You do not need the green card, you need a US passport.
            As a US citizen you must leave and enter the US only using your US Passport.

            I am not sure but I think he's referring to a trip after the interview but before the oath, but yes if you take the oath then you will need a US passport.

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            • #7
              They won't take the passport or the green card. Breath easy. However, if your office is one of those that do same day oath, then, yes, they will take the GC at the moment of the oath, not at the interview. I hope the distinction is clear.

              N-400 timeline
              DO : San Jose
              11/28/2006 : Mailed
              12/04/2006 : PD (and Receive Date)
              12/05/2006 : Check cashed
              12/11/2006 : Notice Date (Received on the 14th)
              12/22/2006 : FP ND
              01/09/2007 : FP Appt
              12/29/2006 : FP Done. Walk-In
              07/17/2007 : Interview (ND May 17)
              08/22/2007 : Oath (Received Jul 26, issued on the 23d, mailed on 24th)
              08/23/2007 : Applied N-600 and Expedited Passport
              09/06/2007 : Passport received
              08/20/2008 : Sent N-565 (Approved Feb 17, 2009)

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Cidadao View Post
                I need the Green Card in order to re-enter the US! What will be my options?

                Also, can I request that my oath be on the same day? Will that keep my old passport after the oath?
                They won't take your GC or foreign passport away at interview.

                If you happen to have same day oath, then they will take away GC and you'll have to get a US passport before you leave to Portugal (unless of course if you ask for the oath to be rescheduled).
                Last edited by Bobsmyth; 27th May 2009, 08:09 AM.
                Sent N-400 7/28/07
                PD 7/27/07
                Check cashed 12/5/07
                NOA 12/7/07
                FP notice 1/4/08 (received 1/10/08 )
                FP Date 1/30/08 (walk in done on 1/26/08 Charlotte)
                IL: 6/10/08
                ID: 8/28/08 (Durham DO) Passed!
                OL: 9/23/08
                OD: 10/06/08
                PP: 10/21/08 (applied)
                PP: 11/1/08 (received)
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by AMUGHAL1 View Post
                  dont wory you can keep up to three citizenships. so they will not keep your passport.they just wana check your time period outside the usa.

                  Good luck,........... and wish me as my interview is coming next month
                  Where do you get the figure three from? I don't believe there is, or could ever be, any limit provided all the countries involved support multiple nationalities.

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                  • #10
                    Where did you get this number "3" from?

                    Originally posted by AMUGHAL1 View Post
                    dont wory you can keep up to three citizenships.
                    Regards,
                    S K Ghori
                    skg@vex.net
                    http://www.vex.net/~skg/

                    **NOTE**
                    I underwent the immigration process in both Canada and the US. I hold Pakistani, Canadian and US citizenship.

                    **DISCLAIMER**
                    I am neither a lawyer nor an immigration consultant. My comments should NEVER be considered as legal or professional advice as they are not meant to be such.

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