Q: I am waiting for my US passport. However, I would like to travel back to India urgently, can I use my Indian passport?
I was born in India and still have my valid Indian passport, however, I recently naturalized for the United States and am waiting for my US passport. Can I travel with my Indian passport whilst I wait?
You can certainly travel from the United States to India with your Indian Passport. However, the issue is whether you would have sufficient documents to safely return to the U.S.
Airlines often require that you furnish proof of legal status to board a flight to the United States. Although you will be able to prove that you are a U.S. Citizen with your naturalization certificate, certain airlines will still require you to have a U.S. passport, a green card, or a valid visa, and if you don't have any of these documents, you may not be allowed into the flight.
A similar situation happened to a client of mine, and she had to request an emergency appointment in the U.S. Embassy in her country to obtain a U.S. Passport in order to return back home. Good luck.
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