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Old Jul 2nd 2011, 6:43 am
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Hi everyone,

quick question. For those who have recently obtained their US citizenship, were you required to turn in your British passport or hand it in as an ID? I was under the impression that all that was needed was the green card but now I'm not sure.

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Old Jul 2nd 2011, 10:16 am
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Default Re: US Citizenship: surrender UK Passport?

NO. US does not ask you to surrender your UK/SL/Cayman/Jamaican/Australian whatever passport. (I'd be surprised and wrong, as I have been in the past )
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Default Re: US Citizenship: surrender UK Passport?

Originally Posted by Brigette View Post
Hi everyone,

quick question. For those who have recently obtained their US citizenship, were you required to turn in your British passport or hand it in as an ID? I was under the impression that all that was needed was the green card but now I'm not sure.

Thanks
You certainly do not have to surrender your UK PP.

You certainly do surrender your GC.
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your British passport
it is property of HM Government.


it is not yours.
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Default Re: US Citizenship: surrender UK Passport?

Ok, considering we have a dozen or so recent threads asking this and add on to that a friendly Canadian who is going through citizenship right now who insisted I would have to surrender my passport.

Where does this idea that you have to surrender your passport come from?
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Default Re: US Citizenship: surrender UK Passport?

Originally Posted by Brigette View Post
Hi everyone,

quick question. For those who have recently obtained their US citizenship, were you required to turn in your British passport or hand it in as an ID? I was under the impression that all that was needed was the green card but now I'm not sure.

Thanks
You do surrender your GC at the Naturalization interview but as others have said you keep you British Passport.
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Originally Posted by Poppy girl View Post
You do surrender your GC at the Naturalization interview but as others have said you keep you British Passport.
You surrender the GC at the oath ceremony, not the interview.
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You surrender the GC at the oath ceremony, not the interview.
Nope mine was taken at the interview which I did think was odd....considering you are still a GC holder until sworn it!


Edit apologises you are correct thinking back she did take it but gave it back to me at the end of the interview I was wrong!

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Default Re: US Citizenship: surrender UK Passport?

Originally Posted by lansbury View Post
You surrender the GC at the oath ceremony, not the interview.
We have had to give our GCs to the interviewing officer. Our Oath Ceremony was a couple of hours later.

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We have had to give our GCs to the interviewing offices. Our Oath Ceremony was a couple of hours later.
Well of course there will be people who do things differently
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Default Re: US Citizenship: surrender UK Passport?

Originally Posted by Brigette View Post
Hi everyone,

quick question. For those who have recently obtained their US citizenship, were you required to turn in your British passport or hand it in as an ID? I was under the impression that all that was needed was the green card but now I'm not sure.

Thanks
No.

Obtained US citizenship at the USCIS district office in Atlanta in May of '03.
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No.

Obtained US citizenship at the USCIS district office in Atlanta in May of '03.
Thanks for the clarification.
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Originally Posted by sir_eccles View Post

Where does this idea that you have to surrender your passport come from?
Stupidity? Or believing the Oath, US law, would have any affect on any other country?

Renouncing UK citizenship comes at a cost, a bit of ballache and is something very few people will do, possibly for security clearance reasons only.
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Thanks everyone for answering the question. I thought as much, but wanted to make sure before I responded to someone who was asking the same questions.
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Ok, considering we have a dozen or so recent threads asking this and add on to that a friendly Canadian who is going through citizenship right now who insisted I would have to surrender my passport.

Where does this idea that you have to surrender your passport come from?
Apparently this is what used to happen decades ago. I used to work with someone who got his US citizenship in the '60s. His British passport was taken from him and sent to the British Embassy, which then called him and asked him whether he's like it back!
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