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Hi, i would like to apply for a US passport for the first time . Do i HAVE to submit with my application the Original certificate of citizenship  ONLY, Is the Certified copy is not acceptable? 

i'm just asking i do not even have a certified copy 

Please help, 

Thanks

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13 minutes ago, H&T said:

Yes, you need to send Original certificate of citizenship .

Thanks

You mean the Certified true copy is not acceptable and the Original is a must?

i do not see any link or info online that says it must be original!! 

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22 hours ago, rose.rose said:

Hi, i would like to apply for a US passport for the first time . Do i HAVE to submit with my application the Original certificate of citizenship  ONLY, Is the Certified copy is not acceptable? 

i'm just asking i do not even have a certified copy 

Please help, 

Thanks

The original or a cerified copy only are accepted.

https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/applyinperson.html

Click on provide evidence of US citizenship section. 

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You may send a certified naturalization certificate and this is how to obtain the certification: https://my.uscis.gov/helpcenter/article/how-can-i-obtain-a-certified-copy-of-my-naturalization-certificate


E-FILING (IOE) N-400 APPLICATION FOR NATURALIZATION

09/06/17: Submitted N-400 Application Online

09/06/17: Received online NOA with receipt number

09/08/17: Received Biometrics Appointment (PDF) Notice

09/12/17: Biometrics Appointment at USCIS Manhattan (Early Walk-in 2 weeks; actual date is 09/26/17)

10/26/17: ELIS Status shows "USCIS has scheduled your interview appointment and will mail you the appointment notice."

12/09/17: Received a case notification from USCIS that my interview WAS scheduled

01/17/18: Date of N-400 Interview (7.15AM) at 26 Federal Plaza, New York City

01/19/18: Oath Ceremony Notice (PDF) received

02/02/18: Oath Ceremony (8.30AM) at 26 Federal Plaza, New York City

 

VERMONT SERVICE CENTER - ROC

 

09/19/16: Date of I-751
09/21/16: VSC received our package

09/22/16: NOA Date
09/26/16: NOA Arrived in the mail & check cashed

10/06/16: ASC Appointment Notice arrived in the mail

10/17/16: Biometrics Appointment at USCIS Manhattan

10/06/17: I-751 was approved (actual approval date on the letter)

10/12/17: Approval Letter arrived in the mail

10/25/17: 10-Year Green Card arrived in the mail

END OF ROC Processing

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It’d be nice if some people actually check and validate the information they have BEFORE advising the VisaJourney fellows here. 


E-FILING (IOE) N-400 APPLICATION FOR NATURALIZATION

09/06/17: Submitted N-400 Application Online

09/06/17: Received online NOA with receipt number

09/08/17: Received Biometrics Appointment (PDF) Notice

09/12/17: Biometrics Appointment at USCIS Manhattan (Early Walk-in 2 weeks; actual date is 09/26/17)

10/26/17: ELIS Status shows "USCIS has scheduled your interview appointment and will mail you the appointment notice."

12/09/17: Received a case notification from USCIS that my interview WAS scheduled

01/17/18: Date of N-400 Interview (7.15AM) at 26 Federal Plaza, New York City

01/19/18: Oath Ceremony Notice (PDF) received

02/02/18: Oath Ceremony (8.30AM) at 26 Federal Plaza, New York City

 

VERMONT SERVICE CENTER - ROC

 

09/19/16: Date of I-751
09/21/16: VSC received our package

09/22/16: NOA Date
09/26/16: NOA Arrived in the mail & check cashed

10/06/16: ASC Appointment Notice arrived in the mail

10/17/16: Biometrics Appointment at USCIS Manhattan

10/06/17: I-751 was approved (actual approval date on the letter)

10/12/17: Approval Letter arrived in the mail

10/25/17: 10-Year Green Card arrived in the mail

END OF ROC Processing

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On 10/21/2017 at 9:47 AM, Dinosaur2013 said:

You may send a certified naturalization certificate and this is how to obtain the certification: https://my.uscis.gov/helpcenter/article/how-can-i-obtain-a-certified-copy-of-my-naturalization-certificate

I actually came here to ask this exact question.

 

The State Dept's website does say a certified copy is acceptable.  But when I called to confirm, the person did not know anything about this.

 

Has anyone successfully gotten a copy certified at USCIS and then successfully applied for a passport?  Do you simply bring a photocopy of the certificate to an Infopass and they stamp it?

 

Thanks for any tips!

 

 

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11 hours ago, jj23521 said:

I actually came here to ask this exact question.

 

The State Dept's website does say a certified copy is acceptable.  But when I called to confirm, the person did not know anything about this.

 

Has anyone successfully gotten a copy certified at USCIS and then successfully applied for a passport?  Do you simply bring a photocopy of the certificate to an Infopass and they stamp it?

 

Thanks for any tips!

 

 

First, on the certified true copy.  I made an appointment with infopass.  Two weeks later at the appointment my wife took the original certificate and a photocopy.  After some confusion, she did get a certified true copy.  The true copy was our photocopy with a big stamp on the back with annotations, certificate number, initials, etc.  They also attached a form letter to the new certified true copy.  Gosh, it looked so good and authoritative.

 

The wife sent the passport application along with the “certified true copy.”  This was my suggestion because the DOS website’s instructions were written where it could be understood that the true copy was good enough.

Not so, at least for my wife. 

 

4 weeks after mailing the passport application, w/certified true copy, she received an email, and copy of same in postal mail, requesting the ORIGINAL certificate.  At this point we just caved and sent in the original as the DOS email requested.  4 more weeks later the passport, original certificate and certified true copy were received in the mail within 2 days of each other.  Oh yes, and passport card was received too because she applied for that also.

 

Total lost time was 6 weeks:  2 weeks for infopass appointment and 4 weeks for DOS to send letter requesting original certificate.

 

Hope this helps.  Good luck!


Note:  I am the U.S. citizen sponsor.  All info below applies to my immigrant wife.

______________________________________________________________________________________

I-130 (CR1)

April 13, 2011: Married in China.
February 2, 2012: Interview 09:30 a.m. APPROVED!!!
March 2, 2012: POE JFK
March 17, 2012: Received SSN card.
April 5, 2012: 2-yr Green Card in hand

________________________________________________________________________

I-751 (ROC)

December 15, 2013: I-751 mailed to USCIS

June 9, 2014: ROC Approved per I-797C received 6-13-2014

June 17, 2014: New 10-yr Green Card in hand!

________________________________________________________________________

N-400
March 29, 2017:  N-400 mailed to USCIS
March 31, 2017: N-400 Received by USCIS per I-797C
April 27, 2017:  Biometrics completed
September 23, 2017:  Received I-797C for interview!

October 24, 2017:  Interview, passed all tests but "decision cannot yet be made"

October 30, 2017:  Received email that Oath ceremony has been scheduled, letter to follow with date and other info. 

                                  USCIS case status updated w/same message as email.

November 2, 2017:  Oath ceremony letter received scheduled for Nov. 7, 2017.

November 7, 2017:  Oath Ceremony, Certificate of U.S. Naturalization in hand!!!

________________________________________________________________________________________

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On 1/30/2018 at 12:50 AM, floridadave said:

First, on the certified true copy.  I made an appointment with infopass.  Two weeks later at the appointment my wife took the original certificate and a photocopy.  After some confusion, she did get a certified true copy.  The true copy was our photocopy with a big stamp on the back with annotations, certificate number, initials, etc.  They also attached a form letter to the new certified true copy.  Gosh, it looked so good and authoritative.

 

The wife sent the passport application along with the “certified true copy.”  This was my suggestion because the DOS website’s instructions were written where it could be understood that the true copy was good enough.

Not so, at least for my wife. 

 

4 weeks after mailing the passport application, w/certified true copy, she received an email, and copy of same in postal mail, requesting the ORIGINAL certificate.  At this point we just caved and sent in the original as the DOS email requested.  4 more weeks later the passport, original certificate and certified true copy were received in the mail within 2 days of each other.  Oh yes, and passport card was received too because she applied for that also.

 

Total lost time was 6 weeks:  2 weeks for infopass appointment and 4 weeks for DOS to send letter requesting original certificate.

 

Hope this helps.  Good luck!

Did you send birth certificate too?

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17 minutes ago, ruby_7 said:

Did you send birth certificate too?

No, we did not send a birth certificate.

 

For more info: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/apply-renew-passport/apply-in-person.html


Note:  I am the U.S. citizen sponsor.  All info below applies to my immigrant wife.

______________________________________________________________________________________

I-130 (CR1)

April 13, 2011: Married in China.
February 2, 2012: Interview 09:30 a.m. APPROVED!!!
March 2, 2012: POE JFK
March 17, 2012: Received SSN card.
April 5, 2012: 2-yr Green Card in hand

________________________________________________________________________

I-751 (ROC)

December 15, 2013: I-751 mailed to USCIS

June 9, 2014: ROC Approved per I-797C received 6-13-2014

June 17, 2014: New 10-yr Green Card in hand!

________________________________________________________________________

N-400
March 29, 2017:  N-400 mailed to USCIS
March 31, 2017: N-400 Received by USCIS per I-797C
April 27, 2017:  Biometrics completed
September 23, 2017:  Received I-797C for interview!

October 24, 2017:  Interview, passed all tests but "decision cannot yet be made"

October 30, 2017:  Received email that Oath ceremony has been scheduled, letter to follow with date and other info. 

                                  USCIS case status updated w/same message as email.

November 2, 2017:  Oath ceremony letter received scheduled for Nov. 7, 2017.

November 7, 2017:  Oath Ceremony, Certificate of U.S. Naturalization in hand!!!

________________________________________________________________________________________

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5 minutes ago, floridadave said:

Oh Thank God...Because I did not send my foreign birth certificate since I'm a Naturalized US Citizen based on marriage.  

 

Thank you for this info, it helped me a lot when I filed mine yesterday at USPS facility and relieved me a bit of stress.

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On 1/30/2018 at 12:50 AM, floridadave said:

 

The wife sent the passport application along with the “certified true copy.”  This was my suggestion because the DOS website’s instructions were written where it could be understood that the true copy was good enough.

 

That's what my understanding too at first when I read the info on DOS site, few weeks ago.  Then I came across your posting about your experience, it helped me a lot on my decision to send the Original Copy of my naturalization certificate.  

 

Thank you sooo much for posting your experience. It's very helpful. :)

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5 hours ago, ruby_7 said:

That's what my understanding too at first when I read the info on DOS site, few weeks ago.  Then I came across your posting about your experience, it helped me a lot on my decision to send the Original Copy of my naturalization certificate.  

 

Thank you sooo much for posting your experience. It's very helpful. :)

Your welcome.  And congratulations on your citizenship! 

 

After a few days, if you desire, you can check the status on your passport at:  https://passportstatus.state.gov/  There, we entered our email address for updates via email too.  I liked the email updates because they sent us a tracking number for the passport they mailed to us via USPS Priority.  Your Cert. of citizenship will be returned via USPS first class mail in a large envelope.  If you applied for a passport card, that will be mailed to you in a USPS first class letter size envelope.  And don't forget to sign your passport!

 

Good luck and happy travels!


Note:  I am the U.S. citizen sponsor.  All info below applies to my immigrant wife.

______________________________________________________________________________________

I-130 (CR1)

April 13, 2011: Married in China.
February 2, 2012: Interview 09:30 a.m. APPROVED!!!
March 2, 2012: POE JFK
March 17, 2012: Received SSN card.
April 5, 2012: 2-yr Green Card in hand

________________________________________________________________________

I-751 (ROC)

December 15, 2013: I-751 mailed to USCIS

June 9, 2014: ROC Approved per I-797C received 6-13-2014

June 17, 2014: New 10-yr Green Card in hand!

________________________________________________________________________

N-400
March 29, 2017:  N-400 mailed to USCIS
March 31, 2017: N-400 Received by USCIS per I-797C
April 27, 2017:  Biometrics completed
September 23, 2017:  Received I-797C for interview!

October 24, 2017:  Interview, passed all tests but "decision cannot yet be made"

October 30, 2017:  Received email that Oath ceremony has been scheduled, letter to follow with date and other info. 

                                  USCIS case status updated w/same message as email.

November 2, 2017:  Oath ceremony letter received scheduled for Nov. 7, 2017.

November 7, 2017:  Oath Ceremony, Certificate of U.S. Naturalization in hand!!!

________________________________________________________________________________________

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Important point to note on sending that certificate. 

 

When I applied for my passport last year, i heard horror stories of the cert being folded by the passport people on return.

 

The postal / passport office i went through was nice enough to put post-it notes on the cert and notes on the envelope to not bend it. 

 

Amazingly a week or so after my US passport arrived my certificate returned in a cardboard backed envelope and was unscathed ! :D

 

Hope you are as fortunate as I was.

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