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Do I need a passport if I have a resident alien card?

Question: I am a US resident. I would like to travel to Mexico, the place of my birth. Do I need a passport or could I use my resident alien card? Please respond ASAP. Thank you.

Answer: A permanent resident (green card holder) can travel freely outside of the United States. A passport from your country of citizenship is often necessary to travel to another country and to re-enter the United States.

To re-enter the United States, a permanent resident normally needs to present their green card for readmission. A re-entry permit is needed for trips that last longer than 1 year but less than 2 years.

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Question: What do I need to travel to Italy if I am a green card holder?

Answer: Your permanent resident status in the United States does not have any bearing on your international travels. As a general rule, a passport with at least 6 months validity is required. You need to contact the Embassy of Italy for entry requirements specific to citizens of your home country.

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Question: I have my passport in my maiden name and my green card in my married name. Does that matter? Do I need to request a new passport with my actual name or I can still use the old one until it expires?

Answer: You should be able to use your passport but questions may arise because of the name difference.

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