29 South Webster Street, Suite 370 Naperville,
IL 60540

In Need of a U.S. Passport Lawyer?

Shobhana Kasturi, a proud first-generation immigrant, is our Naperville and Schaumburg immigration and nationality law attorney and law firm founder. She brings over 27 years of legal experience to the table. Her skill in representing individuals and families in Illinois and nationwide applying to become U.S. citizens is a testament to her commitment and dedication.

At Kasturi Law, LLC, we are dedicated to giving a voice to those who need it most. We understand the importance of the final step in your immigration journey and are here to provide you with the support and guidance you need to obtain a U.S. Passport., ensuring you never feel alone in this process.

Once an immigrant becomes a U.S. citizen, they can apply for a passport. We understand that this can be a complex process, but we are here to guide you at Kasturi Law, LLC. We discuss the general steps and requirements for an immigrant to become eligible for a U.S. Passport and how we can simplify and streamline the process to help you obtain this vital identification without delay, relieving you of any potential overwhelm.

The Eligibility Requirements for Obtaining a U.S. Passport

What are the Eligibility Requirements for Obtaining a U.S. Passport?

To obtain a U.S. Passport, an individual must meet specific eligibility requirements. These requirements ensure that the applicant is a U.S. citizen and that the application is complete and accurate.

Individuals born in the United States or certain territories are automatically U.S. citizens, eligible to—with few exceptions—obtain a U.S. Passport. Immigrants who have undergone the naturalization process and received a Certificate of Naturalization or a Certificate of Citizenship are also eligible.

With the Certificate of Naturalization, the new citizen can apply for a U.S. Passport by submitting Form DS-11, Application for a U.S. Passport, and the necessary fees, photos, and supporting documents.

Our skilled Illinois immigration attorneys help naturalized citizens outline the appropriate documents, accurately complete the necessary paperwork, and—in cases where it is geographically possible—accompany our clients to the U.S. Post Office to ensure the balance of their passport journey, including getting their pictures taken, paying the necessary fees, and completing the transaction, goes smoothly.

What are the Benefits of Having a U.S. Passport?

For several reasons, an immigrant who has become a U.S. citizen might want or need a U.S. Passport.

They include:

  • International Travel: A U.S. Passport allows citizens to travel internationally and re-enter the United States. It serves as proof of citizenship and identity abroad.
  • Visa-Free Travel: S. Passport holders can travel to many countries without needing a visa or obtain a visa on arrival, simplifying and broadening travel opportunities.
  • Consular Protection: When traveling abroad, U.S. citizens can access services and protection provided by U.S. embassies and consulates, such as assistance during emergencies, legal issues, or lost passports.
  • Proof of Citizenship: A U.S. passport is a convenient and widely recognized proof of U.S. citizenship, which can be required for various legal and administrative purposes.
  • Global Mobility: Having a U.S. passport enhances global mobility, making it easier to travel for business, education, tourism, or visiting family and friends in other countries.
  • Repatriation and Emergency Assistance: In times of political unrest, natural disasters, or other emergencies, the U.S. government can assist its citizens in returning to the United States or provide support through its embassies and consulates.
  • Ease of Identification: A U.S. passport is a highly secure and internationally recognized identification document valid for domestic and international purposes.
  • Employment Opportunities: Some jobs, especially international travel or government positions, may require U.S. citizenship and the ability to travel freely with a U.S. passport.

For these reasons, obtaining a U.S. passport can offer significant practical, legal, and personal benefits to a new U.S. citizen. We can help.

Our immigration attorneys also focus on the following areas:

Contact Our Immigration Law Firm Today

Contact our immigration law firm today to schedule a consultation that suits your needs.

Whether you prefer an in-person meeting, a phone call, or a Zoom session, we are here to accommodate you. You can even schedule a consultation directly using our online calendar, choosing between 30-minute or 60-minute timeframes. We value your time and want to ensure that your immigration questions receive the attention they deserve, helping you move forward confidently.