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Can a resident alien get a passport to travel?

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According to the U.S. Department of State website, resident aliens cannot get U.S. passports because one of the requirements of obtaining a passport is proof of U.S. citizenship. Resident aliens are not classified as citizens.

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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services points out that resident aliens traveling outside the United States must use either a valid passport from their country of citizenship or a refugee travel document. They cannot obtain a passport unless they first apply for and receive citizenship. To prove citizenship for a passport, applicants must provide a previously issued valid U.S. passport, a certified U.S. birth certificate, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, a naturalization certificate or a certificate of citizenship.

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