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Must a minor with dual citizenship use U.S. passport to re-enter the USA?

Question: Can a minor with dual citizenship travel to the UK and re-enter the USA with their UK passport only? OR, does the U.S. passport need to be renewed?


Minor's passports have expired, little time left to renew before planned travel dates.

Many thanks in advance.

Answer: By law, dual citizens are required to present a valid U.S. passport when leaving and re-entering the United States. Therefore, you need to obtain new passports for the minors before they travel.

Since you have little time left, there are a few different ways to get the passports fast. You can expedite the applications through a local passport office. The passports should be delivered in 2 to 3 weeks.

If your departure date is less than two weeks away, you can either visit a regional passport agency or apply through an experienced travel document expediting service in order to get the passport as quickly as the same day.

For more information, click the links below.

Apply for Passport for Minor

Passport Agency List

Expedite Passports for Minors

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