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Hello All,

I am currently going through the process of where I have applied for my US Citizenship. The reason for this post is as I am going through my US citizenship, my Indian passport is going to expire on Dec, 2016. I want to apply for an Indian passport, however is it better to wait till I get my US passport and then apply for a Indian visa or apply for an Indian visa right now?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Nishi


Nishi and Yashita's K-1 Journey AOS Timeline

Engaged: 11-01-2009AOS Documents Sent: 07/26/2010
Service Center: California Service Center AOS Documents Received: 07/27/2010
Consulate: Chennai, India Biometrics Taken: 09/09/2010
I-129F Sent: 12/07/2009 Interview Date: 11/02/2010
I-129F NOA 1: 12/08/2009 Interview Passed: My wife will be getting her green card in two to three weeks!!
I-129F NOA 2: 03/16/2010 (Approved) Green Card Received: 11/10/2010

NVC Received: 03/17/2010
Fiance Received Papers from Consulate: 03/26/2010
Fiancee Medical: 03/31/2010
Fiancee Interview: 04/26/2010 (K-1 Visa Approved)
Fiance Received Paperwork
from Consulate: 04/29/2010 (k-1 Visa in Hand)
Departure from INDIA: 06/17/2010
Arrive into the U.S.A: 06/17/2010 (Detroit POE)
Get Married (U.S.A): 07/07/2010
Received SSN: 07/12/2010


Remove Conditions on Residency

Service Center: California Service Center
Mailed I-751 Package: 08/07/2012
USCIS Received Package: 08/09/2012
Check Cashed ($590): 08/13/2012
I-751 Receipt Date: 08/09/2012
Received NOA1: 08/16/2012

Biometrics: 09/10/2012

ASC Appointment Notice: 09/20/2012
RFE Received: 03/27/2013

RFE Responded: 04/08/2013
Approval Received: 04/16/2013

10 Year Green Card Received: 06/19/2013

 

N400 - Application for Naturalization
N400 and associated documents mailed to Phoenix, AZ location: 06/25/2016

Updated from Biometrics to Interview - 12/21/2016

Interview Date - 01/19/2017

N-400 Interview Taken and Approved - 01/19/2017

Oath Ceremony - 01/26/2017

Received Naturalization Certificate - 01/26/2017

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Unless the US passport is part of the Indian passport application (it's not), why would you wait?


 

 

AOS

03/24/11 - Got married in the Boogie-Down Bronx, NYC!
04/21/11 - Mailed I-130,I-765, I-485, I-864 and I-693 - Day 00

04/23/11 - Application delivered - Day 02
04/28/11 - NOA (most forms) - Day 07
05/03/11 - Checks cashed - Day 12
05/31/11 - Biometrics completed in the Bronx, NYC - Day 40
06/24/11 - Received someone else's employment authorization card!!! What the...? - Day 64
07/01/11 - Mailed the poor lady's card back after calling USCIS - Day 71
07/07/11 - Received poor lady's interview notice! What??? - Day 77
07/15/11 - Received my own EAD card - Day 85
08/12/11 - Interview. Approved on the spot! - Day 113
08/18/11 - Received card in the mail - Day 119

ROC
05/28/13 - Mailed I-751 - Day 00

05/30/13 - Application delivered - Day 02

05/31/13 - NOA I-797 - Day 03
06/04/13 - Check cashed - Day 07

06/06/13 - NOA delivered to my home/Biometrics letter generated - Day 09

06/10/13 - Received Biometrics letter in the mail - Day 13

06/27/13 - Biometrics completed in Milwaukee, WI - Day 30

09/10/13 - Application approved! - Day 105

09/14/13 - 10 year Green Card received! - Day 109

Citizenship

05/10/16 - Mailed N-400 - Day 00

05/12/16 - Application delivered - Day 02

05/13/16 - Credit card payment accepted - Day 03

05/17/16 - Received text & email update - Day 07

05/20/16 - Received 1st NOA (dated 05/13/16) & created ELIS acct - Day 10

05/21/16 - Received 2nd NOA (dated 05/16/16) confirming my DOB and address - Day 11

05/22/06 - Biometrics scheduled (online update) and appt letter was mailed on 05/20/16 - Day 12

05/24/06 - Biometrics letter became viewable online (appt scheduled for 06/07/16) - Day 14

05/27/16 - Received Biometrics letter in mail - Day 17

05/31/16 - Was denied walk-in fingerprints with just 1 person left in line. Milwaukee office, boo! - Day 21

06/07/16 - Biometrics completed in Milwaukee, WI - Day 28

12/21/16 - Passed Citizenship test/Interview was successful! - Day 197

01/26/17 - I am a US citizen!!! - Day 233

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You are not a US citizen till you have taken oath, and so until then you will be an Indian citizen and cannot apply for an Indian visa. So if you need to travel, you will have to apply for an Indian passport now even though you will lose Indian citizenship soon if and when you become a US citizen. Also, once you become a US citizen you could consider an Overseas Citizen of India card which has more benefits than a regular Indian visa. Good luck on whatever you decide.


 

 



07/09/2008: F-1 Interview - Successful
05/01/2013: (L) Married (L)

AOS from F-1:
07/09/2013: AOS package (I-130/I-485/I-756/I-131) fedexed
09/25/2013: AOS Interview with my husband at Milwaukee, WI
03/03/2014: AOS Approved

I-751 Removal of Conditions:

11/13/2015: Received reminder notice dated 11/08 from USCIS to apply for ROC
Day 00 - 12/04/2015: Mailed I-751 package to CSC via USPS Priority Mail
Day 03 - 12/07/2015: I-751 package delivered
Day 05 - 12/09/2015: Check cashed
Day 07 - 12/11/2015: NOA1 received dated 12/07/15
Day 22 - 12/26/2015: Biometric appointment notice received dated 12/19/15
Day 35 - 01/08/2016: Biometric appointment

Day 235 - 07/26/2016: Approved (E-notification of Card Production)

Day 238 - 07/29/2016: Status changed to 'Card Was Mailed to Me'

Day 241 - 08/01/2016: CSC returned original docs that were submitted at the time of application.

Day 241 - 08/01/2016: New status update 'Card was picked up by the United States Postal Service' Priority Mail 2-Day with tracking number provided.

Day 243 - 08/03/2016: Received 10 year Green Card

Day 255 - 08/15/2016: Received NOA2 with approval dated 07/26/2016

Click here for a sample of my cover letter, list of evidence, package assembly & shipping box

Click here for a sample of my I-751 notarized affidavit from a friend

 

 

N-400 Naturalization:

12/03/2016: Eligible

Day 00: 12/12/2016 Mailed N-400 to Phoenix, AZ lockbox via USPS Priority Express

Day 01: 12/13/2016 N-400 application delivered

Day 03: 12/15/2016 Credit card charged

Day 07: 12/19/2016 Text & e-mail notification received with a NBC receipt #

Day 11: 12/23/2016 NOA received via mail with priority date 12/13/16

Day 16: 12/28/2016 Received E-mail notification reg. biometrics scheduling

Day 19: 12/31/2016 Received Biometric notice via mail with notice date 12/24/2016

Day 32: 01/13/2017 Biometric appointment

Day 53: 02/03/2017 Received e-mail notification stating I am "in line" for interview scheduling

Day 144: 05/05/2017 Filed an e-request that interview notice was not yet mailed to me

Day 148: 05/09/2017 Received e-mail notification that interview has been scheduled after being in line for 95 days

Day 151: 05/12/2017 Received N-400 Interview notice via USPS

Day 183: 06/13/2017 N-400 Interview at USCIS Milwaukee, WI field office (Approved!) ***To read about my interview experience, click here***

Day 192: 06/22/2017 Received e-mail notification stating I am placed in line for oath ceremony

Day 206: 07/06/2017 Received e-mail notification stating oath ceremony notice was mailed

Day 210: 07/10/2017 Received oath ceremony notice (N-445) via USPS

Day 227: 07/27/2017 Oath Ceremony at Milwaukee, WI!

Dual citizen (France & U.S.A) / OCI card holder

 

Day 00: 07/27/2017 U.S. passport application at Milwaukee, WI (routine processing)

Day 05: 08/01/2017 Passport application locator number provided

Day 06: 08/02/2017 Checks cashed

Day 12: 08/08/2017 Received 2 e-mails stating that passport processing is over and it has been mailed with tracking # provided

Day 15: 08/11/2017 Received passport book via Priority Mail

Day 18: 08/14/2017 Received passport card via First Class Mail

Day 22: 08/18/2017 Received naturalization certificate back via Priority Mail / Updated citizenship status with SSA
 

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You are not a US citizen till you have taken oath, and so until then you will be an Indian citizen and cannot apply for an Indian visa. So if you need to travel, you will have to apply for an Indian passport now even though you will lose Indian citizenship soon if and when you become a US citizen. Also, once you become a US citizen you could consider an Overseas Citizen of India card which has more benefits than a regular Indian visa. Good luck on whatever you decide.

what she said. once you are a US citizen you loose indian citizenship.

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Hello All,

I am currently going through the process of where I have applied for my US Citizenship. The reason for this post is as I am going through my US citizenship, my Indian passport is going to expire on Dec, 2016. I want to apply for an Indian passport, however is it better to wait till I get my US passport and then apply for a Indian visa or apply for an Indian visa right now?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Nishi

1. No need to renew Indian Passport.

2. Once you acquire US Passport - renounce the Indian Citizenship/Passport within 90-days (there is a penalty if you don't).

3. Indian Visa - you won't be able to apply until you complete the above two steps.

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