Is a person US citizen after the oath?

allaboutgc

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After the oath, does a person become a US citizen immediately? Or such person will become citizen only after he/she gets the passport?

Very confused. If someone becomes citizen right after oath, why would so many people be in a hurry to apply for passport?

Thank you.
 

Grashoppr

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After the oath, does a person become a US citizen immediately? Or such person will become citizen only after he/she gets the passport?

Very confused. If someone becomes citizen right after oath, why would so many people be in a hurry to apply for passport?

Thank you.

The Oath Ceremony is the act of swearing in as a citizen. One is a citizen once one has completed their Oath Ceremony.
 

rjackal

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After the oath, does a person become a US citizen immediately? Or such person will become citizen only after he/she gets the passport?

Very confused. If someone becomes citizen right after oath, why would so many people be in a hurry to apply for passport?

Thank you.

Once you complete the oath ceremony, yes, you are a citizen.
The reason why people want their passport quickly is because one cannot travel with the naturalization certificate that you get at oath. Most people want the ability to be able to travel freely once they are a citizen, and you cannot leave the US with your birth country's passport anymore. Also, the passport is durable PROOF of your citizenship. The natz certificate is just a piece of paper which can be lost, torn, stolen, etc.
 
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