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After the oath ceremony, can you wait to get the passport?

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Let's say you are a little tight, and want to wait a few weeks before getting your passports, is it possible?

How long can you wait before getting your passport? or if you don't get it right after becoming a citizen, do you lose that option?

I'm assuming you can get the passport whenever you want, and wait as long as you want, right, after all, many americans never had a passport, and I'm sure if they wanted to get one after decades, they could, because they were born here


06-26-2010 = Eligible to apply for Naturalization based on the 5-year rule (90-days rule applied)
01-06-2015 = N-400 packet sent (to P.O. Box Dallas via USPS Priority Mail)

01-12-2015 = N-400 packet delivered

--- = Check cashed
--- = NOA1 received (Priority Date --)
--- = Biometrics Letter received (Bio set for --)
--- = In line for interview
--- = Interview completed
--- = Oath letter received
--- = Oath Ceremony!

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***Moved from US Citizenship Discussion to Passports forum.***

**Moderator hat off**

You can get a US Passport whenever you want, there is no set time to do it.

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September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
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September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
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July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
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September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
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September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
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September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
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September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
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October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

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Getting an American passport is only required if you want to travel outside the US. Otherwise, you never need to get an American passport. You can obtain a passport at any point in time after becoming a citizen and without ever losing the privilege.

05/01 - Married USC

06/01 - Filed I-130/I-485

01/03 - Conditional LPR approved

05/05 - Conditions removed

12/13 - Divorced USC

10/10/14 - Filed N-400 based on 5+yrs LPR

10/24/14 - NOA

11/12/14 - Fingerprinted

11/14/14 - In line e-notification

12/01/14 - E-notification of interview scheduled

12/05/14 - Received interview letter - Interview scheduled for January 8th.

01/08/15 - Passed citizenship interview and recommended for approval!

01/19/15 - In line for oath ceremony

02/19/15 - Oath scheduled for March 6th, 2015!

03/06/15 - Became a US citizen! :dancing:

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