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    Feb 26, 2008, 12:47 AM
    Obtaining us passport for green card holder
    I've search and haven't found anything.
    I'm a non us citizen but a green card holder, how do I obtain a us passport besides becoming a us citizen. Going to travel to japan soon and I won't have enough time 2 become a us citizen. Any help would be greatly appreciated
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    Feb 29, 2008, 02:27 PM
    You cant, only citizens are issued passports. You can re-enter the US on your green card.
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    Feb 29, 2008, 03:13 PM
    Thanks for the reply.
    So how can I travel aboard if I can't get a passport
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    Mar 3, 2008, 01:23 PM
    When you travel you are asked your country of citizenship when entering another country. You are not a US citizen so you can claim that you are. When you enter another country you still have to delcare the country of your birth as country of citizenship. You should have a passport from the country where you were born, this passport is supposed to have your US Visa in it and should be used to travel.

    Once you become an American citizen you can obtain a US passport.
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    May 4, 2010, 06:43 PM
    I want to ask if there now any kind of permanent passport for green card holder because I heard a lot of green card holder that they got this passport so any help?
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    May 4, 2010, 07:34 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by badrr View Post
    i want to ask if there now any kind of permanent passport for green card holder because i heard alot of green card holder that they got this passport so any help?
    Do not trust unreliable sources...

    As a green card holder, you must hold your original passport issued from your home country. If it expires, contact the nearest consulate for renewal.

    When you enter US, you need to submit passport and green card.

    You can apply for US passport after you become naturalized and received Certificate of Naturalization.
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    Aug 20, 2010, 01:25 PM
    I am a green card holder. I came to Untied States 2 yrs ago. I came here as a refugee status and I don't have Passport now. We came with legal papers. So, I am just wondering how can I travel out of U.S.
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    Nov 1, 2010, 06:29 PM
    Pick the place you want to go, contact a travel agency and they will get the travel passport for you... Or go to immigration office and request a travel passport there, it will take longer but cheaper than in any travel agency.
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    Feb 27, 2012, 06:37 AM
    I have green card when i could apply for usa passport
    I am staying in usa since 42 month when i enable to apply for usa passport
    Please any body help me ?
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    Mar 2, 2012, 11:23 AM
    momyn... YOU are NOT a US citizen.. you CAN NOT get a US passport. You get a passport from the country you ARE a citizen of.
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    Apr 6, 2012, 12:58 PM
    Dose green card holders get an american traveling documents something like a passport?
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    Apr 6, 2012, 02:39 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by boblugy View Post
    dose green card holders get an american traveling documents some thing like a passport?
    No you are required to maintain your home countrys passport for traveling abroad... you are NOT a US citizen until you are naturalized and you won't get a US passport until then. Your green card will let you come back in without a VISA as it shows you are legally residing here on a path to citizenship.
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    May 17, 2012, 08:12 AM
    You can get a passport even though you are not a US citizen. You need to file a Form I-131, Application for Travel Document. You can get the application on http://www.uscis.gov
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    May 17, 2012, 08:31 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by daikirai View Post
    You can get a passport even though you are not a US citizen. You need to file a Form I-131, Application for Travel Document. You can get the application on http://www.uscis.gov
    Really.. exactly WHERE do you get that FALSE information from anyway??

    .. A Passport is proof of Citizenship... you do not and CAN NOTget a US passport... as a green card holder... you can not get a passport until AFTER you become a US Citizen.

    And besides that document form I-131 you commented on has nothing to do with a passport... its a travel document... if you had bothered to read it you would have known.
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    May 20, 2012, 05:27 AM
    I haven't gotten any false information from anywhere. My parents were able to obtain passports without being US citizen but it only last a year.
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    May 20, 2012, 08:30 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by daikirai View Post
    I haven't gotten any false information from anywhere. My parents were able to obtain passports without being US citizen but it only last a year.
    Yes you did give false information... a Passport is proof of citizenship... THATS the function they serve. You DON'T get a passport of ANY country without being a citizen UNLESS you commit fraud to get it... and that is a crime that can land you in prison.

    A green card holder is NOT a citizen of this country... you do NOT become a citizen of this country until AFTER the naturalization ceremony... AFTER that you are a citizen and can apply for a passport, not before... but at that time you are no longer a green card holder.

    And passports do not last only a year.. they NEVER have..

    You clearly have your information confused with some other document.
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    Jun 5, 2012, 01:34 AM
    If you are a green card holder, and don't have your country of origin passport, apply for a travel document (I-131). That will allow you to travel to other countries (in lieu of passport but NOT exactly a passport). It's a booklet that resembles a passport and has "VISA" pages where upon entry to other countries, they stamp it (just like passport). That's how my mom (green card holder) and my sister (us citizen) travel together.
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    Jun 5, 2012, 03:48 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by akmeme View Post
    If you are a green card holder, and don't have your country of origin passport, apply for a travel document (i-131). That will allow you to travel to other countries (in lieu of passport but NOT exactly a passport). It's a booklet that resembles a passport and has "VISA" pages where upon entry to other countries, they stamp it (just like passport). That's how my mom (green card holder) and my sister (us citizen) travel together.
    If you are a green card holder you DO still have your country of origins passport, meaning its not been surrendered (that is only an option after naturalization) and you are still a citizen of that country. In fact you should keep it even if its expired. They can be renewed.

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