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Can I apply for a passport for my daughter who is a green card holder?

by Guddy

Question: She has had a green card for 5 years. Both parents are citizens living together. Can we apply for a passport for our daughter or do we have to apply for the citizenship certificate first? Pls help.

Answer: U.S. Passports are only issued to U.S. citizens. A child born outside the United States automatically becomes a citizen by virtue of the naturalization of his or her parents if the child is under 18 years of age, possesses a green card and resides with his or her parents. Minor children who obtain Unites States citizenship by derivation, do not need to participate in the naturalization ceremony.

Of course, any child born in the U.S., automatically obtains United States citizenship. From the description you provided above, I believe that you can apply for a U.S. passport for your daughter. For complete instructions, click the link below.

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by: Anonymous

Question: My stepdad is a US citizen. My mom is a green card holder. I came into the US when I was 17 am 19 now can I apply for a US passport?

Answer: If your stepdad adopted you before you turned 18 and you have acquired U.S. citizenship, you may apply for a U.S. passport. If not, you will need to go through the naturalization process. Once you're sworn in as a U.S. citizen, you may apply for a U.S. passport.

Please contact the USCIS for questions regarding citizenship.

Passport for a minor after green card
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello, I got naturalized 4 months back and my 9-year-old born abroad who joined me 3 years ago, just got her green card. Is it possible to apply for a passport for her now?

Answer: Your child's citizenship must be established first before you can apply for her passport. You need to contact the USCIS about citizenship issues.

US Citizen
by: Anonymous

Question: I am a U.S. citizen born in the USA. I had both my children in Guatemala but only one of them became a U.S. citizen through naturalization. My other son is a U.S. permanent resident; we've lived in the U.S. for 3 years now.

Can I apply for a U.S. passport for him now or what is the next step? Please help. I need my son to be a U.S. citizen. He is 6 years old.

Answer: Your son's U.S. citizenship must be established first before you can apply for a U.S. passport for him. Please contact the USCIS for assistance regarding citizenship issues.

Minor traveling with greencard
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello, I recently became a US citizen through naturalization and received my US passport. However, it's very likely that my naturalization certificate which I submitted with my passport application was lost in the mail and I have never received it back.

Now, I need to travel abroad with my kid who is a minor. I haven't been able to apply for his passport due to the issue mentioned above. Can he travel and re-enter the US with his green card which is still valid although he's presumed a US citizen? Thanks!

Answer: Your child needs a valid passport to travel overseas. If he has a valid foreign passport, he may travel with it and get back in the United States with his green card.

Can I apply for passport to travel to Cambodia with a green card holder?
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello, I am a permanent resident of US (green card holder) for more than 7 years. I want to go visit my family in Cambodia. What do I need to do to travel to Cambodia or what kind of documents do I need?

Answer: Your green card does not have any bearing on your overseas travels. You will only need it when you re-enter the United States.

A valid passport is a general requirement to board an international flight. Since you are still a citizen of Cambodia, you need to contact the Royal Embassy of Cambodia for more specific requirements for travel.

Can I apply a passport for my daughter who is a 10yrs. Green card holder ??
by: Shella

Question: I just got naturalized and my husband is a US citizen. My daughter was born abroad. Is it possible that my daughter can get her US passport without certification of citizenship? Please help.

Answer: You may use your naturalization certificate as your child's proof of U.S. citizenship for her passport application.

by: Anonymous

Question: Hi, I wanted to ask if its possible that a little kid with green card, take the US passport cause he turned a year old in US even if he he was born out of it. I heard of this by sb and wanted to make sure.

Answer: The child needs to be a U.S. citizen in order to apply for a U.S. passport. It does not matter where he spends his first birthday. Please contact the USCIS regarding citizenship.

Passport for my daughter
by: Mah

Question: My daughter has a green card for 10 years and I want to make for Her citizenship and passport. How can I do that? Hope you help me.

Answer: First, you need to contact the USCIS to establish her citizenship.

Once that is done and she has proof of citizenship, you may apply for her passport.

Under 18 years old
by: Atef

Question: We all born out of the USA, my son is 17 years old. His mum and I are citizens and he’s holding green card for more than 5 years. We are all living together. I need to issue a USA passport for my son, does he need to be a citizen first or we can apply for him to get his passport?

Answer: You can apply for your son's passport by virtue of your citizenship. Please contact the USCIS for more information.

Travel documents
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello, my kids are green card holders and I am going to send them out of the U.S. for more then 1 year. Is it possible? I mean is it okay if they will be absent more than 6 months out of the U.S.?

Answer: Please contact the USCIS regarding your concern.

by: Cpall

Question: Hi. Can I apply for my children's US passports? I am a US Citizen by birth and my husband just got his green card. So, are my two girls (6 and 7 years old) automatically citizens?

Answer: If your daughters were born in the United States, they are US citizens by birth. If they were born abroad, whether or not they are US citizens depends on whether or not you were "physically present" in the U.S. before your children's births for a total period of at least five years, two of which had to be after your fourteenth birthday. If your daughters are US citizens based on either of the criterion listed above, you can apply for their passports.

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