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Hello VJers!

 

I became a citizen one week ago, and am about to apply for a US passport. Per the guidelines, it says send in a certified copy AND photocopy of your proof of citizenship. Does certified mean notarized photocopy?

 

thanks! 


Applied for Naturalization based on 3-year Residency 

July 05, 2017 (Day 00) -  Submitted N400 Application, filed via USPS to Phoenix Lockbox

July 10, 2017 (Day 05) - NOA received

July 12, 2017 (Day 07) -  Check is cashed by USCIS

July 19, 2017 (Day 14) - Biometrics appointment letter mailed

August 02, 2017 (Day 28) - Biometrics appointment at Seattle Field Office

August 28, 2017 (Day 54) - Case is "in line" for an interview"

August 28, 2018 (Day 419) - Interview is scheduled

October 4, 2018 (Day 462) - Citizenship Interview AND Oath (offered same day oath by ISO in Seattle, WA)

 

Officially a U.S. Citizen - Proud to be an American

 

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3 minutes ago, sjs87 said:

Hello VJers!

 

I became a citizen one week ago, and am about to apply for a US passport. Per the guidelines, it says send in a certified copy AND photocopy of your proof of citizenship. Does certified mean notarized photocopy?

 

thanks! 

 

certified copy is any document that has the seal or stamp of the official issuing authority.

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/requirements/citizenship-evidence.html

 

You must send the original document given to you by USCIS.  I know it is very inconvenient.  I went through the same issue when I did mine, so you may want to consider the timing given that a passport application can take several months.  However, it will be returned to you once your passport application is processed -- and yes, it gets bent.

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10 minutes ago, ImmHelp123 said:

 

certified copy is any document that has the seal or stamp of the official issuing authority.

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/requirements/citizenship-evidence.html

 

You must send the original document given to you by USCIS.  I know it is very inconvenient.  I went through the same issue when I did mine, so you may want to consider the timing given that a passport application can take several months.  However, it will be returned to you once your passport application is processed -- and yes, it gets bent.

So dumb question.... but then I can’t travel outside the country until I get it back 🙄. Maybe I’ll pay for expedited if it’s a huge backlog. 


Applied for Naturalization based on 3-year Residency 

July 05, 2017 (Day 00) -  Submitted N400 Application, filed via USPS to Phoenix Lockbox

July 10, 2017 (Day 05) - NOA received

July 12, 2017 (Day 07) -  Check is cashed by USCIS

July 19, 2017 (Day 14) - Biometrics appointment letter mailed

August 02, 2017 (Day 28) - Biometrics appointment at Seattle Field Office

August 28, 2017 (Day 54) - Case is "in line" for an interview"

August 28, 2018 (Day 419) - Interview is scheduled

October 4, 2018 (Day 462) - Citizenship Interview AND Oath (offered same day oath by ISO in Seattle, WA)

 

Officially a U.S. Citizen - Proud to be an American

 

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2 minutes ago, sjs87 said:

So dumb question.... but then I can’t travel outside the country until I get it back 🙄. Maybe I’ll pay for expedited if it’s a huge backlog. 

no you cant.

 

processing times can fluctuate but tend to slow down heading into the holiday season and summer vacation season.

 

you do get your originals back in the mail.


5/7/2018 K1       Application mailed

5/9/2018             Application rec'd and signed for (sent via fedex)

5/14/2018          NOA1 Email notification

5/18/2018          NOA1 Paper copy rec'd (i797C)

 

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Just now, sjs87 said:

So dumb question.... but then I can’t travel outside the country until I get it back 🙄. Maybe I’ll pay for expedited if it’s a huge backlog. 

 

Not a dumb question!

 

If you have a trip planned within the next 2-3 weeks, you qualify to go to the corresponding Agency in a city near you.  You may have to pay the expedited fee anyway, but in my opinion, it is the most desirable option given that you are dealing with the issuing agency directly, and not an intermediary, for instance, a Postal Office.  To qualify for such process, you just need your travel itinerary info to prove that you do have an upcoming trip.

 

I would, however, recommend travel insurance just in case -- you never know how the process is going to go.  I, however, had no issues. 

 

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/apply-renew-passport/hurry.html

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no question is dumb

USC have to send original of birth certificate (kinda of scary to send this thru the mail)

do you also have to send birth certificate (maybe this is the dub question as immigration has seen it but i sent so many things in 2 or 3 times to them that i just wonder)

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2 hours ago, sjs87 said:

Hello VJers!

 

I became a citizen one week ago, and am about to apply for a US passport. Per the guidelines, it says send in a certified copy AND photocopy of your proof of citizenship. Does certified mean notarized photocopy?

 

thanks! 

You don't need a certified copy. You give them the original certificate and a normal copy. Plus your ID and a copy of your ID. Don't forget your picture. 

 

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/apply-renew-passport/how-to-apply.html

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1 hour ago, little immigrant said:

You don't need a certified copy. You give them the original certificate and a normal copy. Plus your ID and a copy of your ID. Don't forget your picture. 

 

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/apply-renew-passport/how-to-apply.html

So I have to send them the original of both my certificate of naturalization and the original of photo I’d... meaning drivers license? So I’ll have no original copies of ID until they return? Man, if this is the case, they need to figure out a better way to do it. 


Applied for Naturalization based on 3-year Residency 

July 05, 2017 (Day 00) -  Submitted N400 Application, filed via USPS to Phoenix Lockbox

July 10, 2017 (Day 05) - NOA received

July 12, 2017 (Day 07) -  Check is cashed by USCIS

July 19, 2017 (Day 14) - Biometrics appointment letter mailed

August 02, 2017 (Day 28) - Biometrics appointment at Seattle Field Office

August 28, 2017 (Day 54) - Case is "in line" for an interview"

August 28, 2018 (Day 419) - Interview is scheduled

October 4, 2018 (Day 462) - Citizenship Interview AND Oath (offered same day oath by ISO in Seattle, WA)

 

Officially a U.S. Citizen - Proud to be an American

 

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1 hour ago, sjs87 said:

So I have to send them the original of both my certificate of naturalization and the original of photo I’d... meaning drivers license? So I’ll have no original copies of ID until they return? Man, if this is the case, they need to figure out a better way to do it. 

1. Naturalization must be original

2. Driver license not required original.

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1 hour ago, sjs87 said:

So I have to send them the original of both my certificate of naturalization and the original of photo I’d... meaning drivers license? So I’ll have no original copies of ID until they return? Man, if this is the case, they need to figure out a better way to do it. 

They just want to see your driver's license but they'll take the copy. 

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Processing times are not that long. Just submitted for a friend of mine and was only a 3 week process. If you want to speed things up drastically, you can fill out the passport application online and print out the application, sign, and send with your paperwork. When you generate the form online it creates a 3-D bar-code on the document/ application, and when they receive it the information is already in the computer and they just scan the barcode and process the application. I assure you that applications that just require a simple scan get processed faster than applications where they have to do the whole manual entry. Have it all ready to go and go to your post office for the oath, and to get the money order and to ship the envelope out. I recommend you get photos done somewhere other than the post office as they can be a little pricey., CVS, Walgreens, or Walmart is the cheapest option, or do them yourself using an app or online tool. I just ordered 12 passport photos for my upcoming trip for a whole .56 cents. My friend used a 3 dollar coupon at CVS and got them done for 9.99 I think it was. Coupon is available online if you google it.

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Processing time is not long at all I submitted on September 24th and I just got my passport today October 11th so don't worry about it you send the original naturalization certificate and a copy they will return it I've had to do this for both of my sons I had to send the original birth certificates and they returned them


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8 hours ago, sjs87 said:

So I have to send them the original of both my certificate of naturalization and the original of photo I’d... meaning drivers license? So I’ll have no original copies of ID until they return? Man, if this is the case, they need to figure out a better way to do it. 

Lol. So you basically gotta become undocumented until the gods of postal service send you back the originals. But seriously, what happens if the certificate of naturalization gets lost in mail? Removal proceedings? Sounds Kafkaesque. 


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If it's the first  passport after the naturalization,  you will have  to apply  in person and they going to keep the original certificate of citizenship, then  they will mail it to your house with your passport  (after 2 to 3 weeks) 

 

 

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I know when my wife applied for her passport, she went to the passport agency in Detroit (I believe there is an office in Seattle as well as the OP is showing Washington) and had her passport in a few days with expedited service.  Also, they did not keep the naturalization certificate, but made their own copy and a supervisor approved it.  I know of other folks that had immediate travel and they were able to get a passport in a few hours at the Detroit office.  At my wife's naturalization ceremony, a representative from the passport office came over and reviewed the process at their office.

 

Here is the link for the office in Seattle.

 

Good Luck!

 

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/requirements/where-to-apply/passport-agencies/seattle.html

 


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