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Hi everyone, my US passport will expire Sept 2020, I'm planning to file I-130 for my wife soon. I want to renew my passport before starting the process; however, my Vietnamese marriage certificate is using my old passport number. I'm not sure what to do here, if I renew my passport, should I attach the copy of my old passport in the petition as well (So that they know my marriage certificate is valid)?

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12 minutes ago, HDia said:

Hi everyone, my US passport will expire Sept 2020, I'm planning to file I-130 for my wife soon. I want to renew my passport before starting the process; however, my Vietnamese marriage certificate is using my old passport number. I'm not sure what to do here, if I renew my passport, should I attach the copy of my old passport in the petition as well (So that they know my marriage certificate is valid)?

Names and DOBs match, you are good.

Note: Your old passport number will be noted on renewed passport. 

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3 minutes ago, nguoivietnam2019 said:

Names and DOBs match, you are good.

Note: Your old passport number will be noted on renewed passport. 

Oh cool! I didn't know the old passport number will be noted on the new passport? Will this on the information page of the passport as well?

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23 minutes ago, HDia said:

Oh cool! I didn't know the old passport number will be noted on the new passport? Will this on the information page of the passport as well?

  • Old passport will be returned with Cancelled Stamp on it.  
    • You can make the copy of the new and old one for your support docs.
  • On the new one, it old number should be on page 27

 

If you do not see your old passport number, it is still not a big deal as it is how the US passport system works. Just make a copy of both old and new and include in your petition if you are worrying.

 

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2 hours ago, nguoivietnam2019 said:
  • Old passport will be returned with Cancelled Stamp on it.  
    • You can make the copy of the new and old one for your support docs.
  • On the new one, it old number should be on page 27

 

If you do not see your old passport number, it is still not a big deal as it is how the US passport system works. Just make a copy of both old and new and include in your petition if you are worrying.

 

Thank you! I think I will include both copies and will go ahead and renew my passport. :)

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4 hours ago, HDia said:

Thank you! I think I will include both copies and will go ahead and renew my passport. :)

No need to delay filing until you renew your passport.  Your passport is not a required document for filing the petition.  It is one of the options to submit as evidence of US Citizenship.  A birth certificate or naturalization certificate will accomplish the same thing, if you have either of them.  You're already married.  You have a valid passport with the same number as on your marriage certificate.  Your passport renewal has NOTHING at all to do with your petition for alien relative.  Don't connect them.  There IS NO connection.


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1 hour ago, pushbrk said:

No need to delay filing until you renew your passport.  Your passport is not a required document for filing the petition.  It is one of the options to submit as evidence of US Citizenship.  A birth certificate or naturalization certificate will accomplish the same thing, if you have either of them.  You're already married.  You have a valid passport with the same number as on your marriage certificate.  Your passport renewal has NOTHING at all to do with your petition for alien relative.  Don't connect them.  There IS NO connection.

Thanks for the info! I have a question, if I use my current password as proof of citizenship, does it need to have at least 6 months until it expired at the interview date?

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1 minute ago, HDia said:

Thanks for the info! I have a question, if I use my current password as proof of citizenship, does it need to have at least 6 months until it expired at the interview date?

No 

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1 hour ago, HDia said:

Thanks for the info! I have a question, if I use my current password as proof of citizenship, does it need to have at least 6 months until it expired at the interview date?

No.  The six month requirement is for the visa applicant, not the petitioner.


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Sorry guys, I have follow up questions. Does it matter if I renew my passport right after filing I-130 (Pending approval), do I have to notify USCIS of this?

 

If I understand it correctly, the passport only has to be valid at the time that I file in I-130 package and for later stages (NVC, embassy), this does not matter right?

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26 minutes ago, HDia said:

Sorry guys, I have follow up questions. Does it matter if I renew my passport right after filing I-130 (Pending approval), do I have to notify USCIS of this?

 

No it doesn't matter and no you don't have to notify USCIS.

 

27 minutes ago, HDia said:

If I understand it correctly, the passport only has to be valid at the time that I file in I-130 package and for later stages (NVC, embassy), this does not matter right?

 

You are understanding incorrectly, the validity of the petitioner's passport (you in this particular instance) doesn't matter at ANY point in the process.


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59 minutes ago, HDia said:

Sorry guys, I have follow up questions. Does it matter if I renew my passport right after filing I-130 (Pending approval), do I have to notify USCIS of this?

 

If I understand it correctly, the passport only has to be valid at the time that I file in I-130 package and for later stages (NVC, embassy), this does not matter right?

As others mentioned:

1. No. USCIS does not care as long as you have proof you are USC and even with cancelled (expired) passport. If you have other type of proofs you can also include. Many I know included a copy of their passport and copy of their naturalization certificate. 

 

2. Same for NVC.

 

 

 

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