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Do I need to have my foreign passport to apply for US citizenship?

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You do not need a foreign passport to apply for US citizenship. You will, however, need a copy of your legal permanent resident card to show your eligibility to apply for citizenship. With that said, it is always a good idea to have a foreign passport and/or a copy of a birth certificate when dealing with immigration matters.


Having a foreign passport is not a requirement for naturalization.

The link takes you to the USCIS website with information on Naturalization requirements.


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Technically, you don't have to have it. However, Form N-400 asks questions about every trip that you made outside the US during the preceding 5 years, dates and locations. Your passport is usually the best way to obtain this information.


The Immigration Officer may always ask to see your passport at the N-400 interview and may inquire as to why you do not have it. It may raise red flags.

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