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Passport Card or Passport Book for proof of citizenship?

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Hi again VJ!

I was just wondering, has anyone had any experience with providing a passport card or book for proof of US citizenship? I was on the phone with a nice lady today from the Passport agency that said she didn't know which one the USCIS preferred, but both were proof of citizenship. I'm about to renew my (K1) co-sponsor's passport so he can prove citizenship, and I'd like to tell him he can just get a passport card and save some money but I'm not sure if that would be insufficient for the USCIS compared to a passport book. Anyone ever done this before?

Thank you as always my wonderful friends :)


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The cheapest proof of citizenship is a birth certificate.


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We don't have his birth certificate, and I don't think that would prove his citizenship anyway for sure since he was born in Japan in the 50s. ): The passport option is our best bet but I was just wondering what would be sufficient, the card or the whole book.


Adjustment of Status from K1

• February 28, 2013 - I-485 and I-765 packet sent
• March 7, 2013 - Confimation email received with Case number

• April 25, 2013 - Online case status shows message that greencard has been approved and mailed.
• April 29, 2013 - Form I-797C NOA received in mail for I-485 and I-765, Biometric appointment also received
• May 9, 2013 - Biometrics appointment in Oxnard, CA
• May 13, 2013 - RFE for I-765 received in mail, requesting for physical address.

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Ah well fair enough.

While either a passport card or passport book will serve as proof of citizenship, since a passport card is only useful for land crossing then if he ever wanted to travel abroad in the future he would need to apply for a passport book.

Unless the $100 fee difference is a deal-breaker he is probably better off with a passport book, but either will show USCIS (or anyone else) proof of citizenship.

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Day 0 (4/23/12) Petitions mailed (I-360, I-485, I-765)
2 (4/25/12) Petitions delivered to Chicago Lockbox
11 (5/3/12) Received 3 paper NOAs
13 (5/5/12) Received biometrics appointment for 5/23
15 (5/7/12) Did an unpleasant walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX
45 (6/7/12) Received email & text notification of an interview on 7/10
67 (6/29/12) EAD production ordered
77 (7/9/12) Received EAD
78 (7/10/12) Interview
100 (8/1/12) I-485 transferred to Vermont Service Centre
143 (9/13/12) Contacted DHS Ombudsman
268 (1/16/13) I-360, I-485 consolidated and transferred to Dallas
299 (2/16/13) Received second interview letter for 3/8
319 (3/8/13) Approved at interview
345 (4/3/13) I-360, I-485 formally approved; green card production ordered
353 (4/11/13) Received green card

 

Naturalisation

Day 0 (1/3/18) N-400 filed online

Day 6 (1/9/18) Walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX

Day 341 (12/10/18) Interview was scheduled for 1/14/19

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Passport book to prove citizenship. All pages must be copied, even the empty ones (as they are number coordinated).

Believe so, as specified in the Form I-129F instrucitons. There is no mention of a passport card.


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Thanks for everyone's answers, we went with the passport book, it does make sense to follow the direct instructions :) Thank you everybody!


Adjustment of Status from K1

• February 28, 2013 - I-485 and I-765 packet sent
• March 7, 2013 - Confimation email received with Case number

• April 25, 2013 - Online case status shows message that greencard has been approved and mailed.
• April 29, 2013 - Form I-797C NOA received in mail for I-485 and I-765, Biometric appointment also received
• May 9, 2013 - Biometrics appointment in Oxnard, CA
• May 13, 2013 - RFE for I-765 received in mail, requesting for physical address.

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