I am an Indian citizen residing in USA and I will be traveling to India in March 2017. My Indian passport will have five and a half months validity when I come back to USA after my India trip. My green card is valid till 2021.

Will I have any issues with Immigration in India / US while coming back?

Also, I am flying Emirates through Dubai as a transit.

Will I have any issues with Emirates or authorities at Dubai since my passport will have less than six months validity?

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You don't need a passport to enter the US - your Green card is enough and simply has to be valid.

Source: Timatic, the database used by airlines.

Passport exemptions: Passengers with a Permanent Resident/Resident Alien Card (Form I-551).


Passports and other documents accepted for entry issued to residents of USA must be valid on arrival.

As for Dubai, you're not entering the UAE, so they have no additional requirements for you.


Maybe consider looking for Tatkaal Passport Applications where in best case scenarios, when in India you get a new passport issued in a matter of 2 to 3 days.

I think you are eligible for a Tatkaal Passport. You can verify your status in Page 8, 9, 10 of the Application Form which states cases where one is eligible for the aforementioned passport.

You could even drop an email or visit your nearest Indian Consulate General for a much clear resolution to your query.

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    As OP is resident in US, can he avail tatkal service from consulate? A cursory search shows it may not be straightforward.
    – RedBaron
    Jan 18, 2017 at 4:48
  • I agree that the above mentioned passport service is more of a hassle than a boon.
    – Shan-Desai
    Jan 18, 2017 at 12:56

As long as you have an unexpired green card, you will not be denied entry into the United States after your trip, even if your passport is expired. However, your airline might have different requirements regarding your passport upon your return. So although you won't have issues entering the country, you may have issues boarding your plane. I would call Emirates Airlines to confirm.

  • The ability to use only a green card to enter the US is well known, and it is listed in Timatic. Jan 18, 2017 at 2:14
  • @MichaelHampton Not among all clerks. A guy I know, who holds a Dutch ID card and green card, was denied boarding on a Delta flight from Paris to New York. After I contacted the clerks at CDG airport and made them discover they'd been wrong, he got put on the next flight plus a hefty compensation
    – Crazydre
    Jan 28, 2017 at 20:06

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