I do have my oath ceremony scheduled for February 27th,2020 early morning I know that I will surrender my green card and get my naturalization certificate. my problem is next day on 28th i am scheduled to travel to Spain . I will use my Peruvian passport as identification will my naturalization certificate can help to enter to USA

  • Does this answer your question? travel.stackexchange.com/questions/24639/…
    – Kina
    Feb 24 '20 at 15:55
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    what "oath ceremony"? are you becoming a US citizen? Is the question that you won't have a passport the next day but you won't have your green card either? This is not clear at the moment. Feb 24 '20 at 16:06
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    I suspect this plan won’t work. Advice on uscis.gov/us-citizenship/naturalization-ceremonies states ‘please allow sufficient time between your naturalization ceremony and any planned travel to receive your passport’. Your problem could be that the airline may not accept your Peruvian passport plus certificate as sufficient to allow you to board. It would be worth contacting the airline you’re travelling with to check.
    – Traveller
    Feb 24 '20 at 17:20
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    They won’t allow you to board your return trip in Spain. Although not recommended, of course you could get a US passport at the USA embassy in Spain. Don’t know how long it will take though and I bet they won’t like your modus operandi however they will have no choice. Carry your Naturalization Certificate along. Feb 24 '20 at 17:40
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    @C'estMoi it's quite well established that the oath does not actually require people naturalizing in the US to renounce any other citizenship. See for example Afroyim v. Rusk.
    – phoog
    Feb 24 '20 at 21:49

You cannot fly back to the US with your naturalisation certificate.

The only solution is getting an emergency passport at the US embassy in Madrid.


Are you applying for dual citizenship? Are you renouncing your Peruvian citizenship once you take the oath for US citizenship? What is the exact scenario with your citizenship. If I am understanding your question, your current passport will become null and void. If you are not a citizen of Peru, you can not travel on a Peruvian passport.

You can, however, apply for an emergency US passport. Since you are a new citizen, I do not know how long it will take. As a born-citizen, my emergency passport took less than 8 hours. You will have to go to the passport office in person, as soon as they open for the day. That may mean delaying your flight.

  • Where on Earth is it implied that OP's renouncing their Peruvian citizenship.
    – Crazydre
    Feb 26 '20 at 17:41
  • @Crazydre - The first two sentences in the answer address this. There are question marks at the end of each sentence. Dual citizenship or renouncing their Peruvian citizenship would be the only options that I know of when taking the oath of US citizenship. My in-laws and numerous friends have gone through the US naturalization process. And I’m related to an immigration attorney. I’ll ask them about another option. Do you know of a third option? Otherwise, why on Earth would you assume the OP has not followed one of the two options mentioned above?
    – Dean F.
    Feb 26 '20 at 19:38
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    I don’t know where the OP lives. But, if I were a betting man, I would wager that it would be worth the hassle to call the nearest official passport office to him and ask about the process to get an emergency passport before he leaves the states. P.S. I call it an emergency passport. In my case, it was an absolutely real and permanent passport done on an emergency, expedited basis. I walked in in the morning with my paperwork, pictures and processing fee (plus a very reasonable, nominal expediting fee). And, walked out in the afternoon with a very real ten year passport.
    – Dean F.
    Feb 26 '20 at 19:46
  • Presumably OP is becoming a dual citizen
    – Crazydre
    Feb 27 '20 at 1:22

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