travel on non us passport while waiting for US passport to be processed

#1
HI
Can one travel on their foreign passport while their US passport is being processed.

I ask this because in light of current situation it is taking several months to process an US passport.

So in case of an emergency can the child who has acquired citizenship under INA 320 is waiting for their passport travel on their foreign passport
 

Sm1smom

Super Moderator
#7
i do not understand is the stamp not valid for an year?
If your child has already acquired US citizenship, they’re no longer eligible to use the I-551 stamp on the passport even if the date on it is not expired. That stamp is an equivalent GC, a USC cannot travel on a GC.
 
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newacct

Well-Known Member
#12
If your child has already acquired US citizenship, they’re no longer eligible to use the I-551 stamp on the passport even if the date on it is not expired. That stamp is an equivalent GC, a USC cannot travel on a GC.
But if the child is a USC, then the child cannot be denied entry to the US no matter what. So either way the child can enter -- if the child is an LPR, they can enter on the I-551; if the child is a USC, they can enter.

Plus, I don't think the immigration officers will adjudicate the nuances of whether INA 320 was met, at the port of entry.
 

SusieQQQ

Well-Known Member
#13
No one said nuances of 320 would be adjudicated on entry. It was the documentation for citizenship that might be the issue on that front - they have yet to apply for that (which was the original question: yes they can’t deny entry to usc, but here parents want to present foreign born USC with no proof of that fact). But they can get a US passport within 72 hours for an emergency with ticket showing return (the ticket must reflect the emergency situation anyway so presume it will), so that shouldn’t be an issue anyway.
 
#14
But if the child is a USC, then the child cannot be denied entry to the US no matter what. So either way the child can enter -- if the child is an LPR, they can enter on the I-551; if the child is a USC, they can enter.

Plus, I don't think the immigration officers will adjudicate the nuances of whether INA 320 was met, at the port of entry.
My main doubt is ..

is it legal for him to travel on his foreign passport while waiting for his US passport in an emergency just because the stamp is still valid. because the child is automatically a citizen and US requires those with multiple passports from other countries that permit dual citizenship to enter the US on an US passport. Hence the question
 
#15
My main doubt is ..

is it legal for him to travel on his foreign passport while waiting for his US passport in an emergency just because the stamp is still valid. because the child is automatically a citizen and US requires those with multiple passports from other countries that permit dual citizenship to enter the US on an US passport. Hence the question
It's "unlawful" for a US citizen to enter or leave the US without a US passport, but there is no consequence for violating this law, for either entering or leaving.
 
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