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Laos and Vietnam Visas - dual citizenship US/Russia

Apr 26th, 2011, 04:26 PM
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Laos and Vietnam Visas - dual citizenship US/Russia

Hello:
I hold a dual US/Russia citizenship. I have started filling out visa applications for my Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia trip using my US passport but then I thought what if i use my Russian passport to entre Laos and Vietnam (russia has a visa free program with those two countries). For most of the trip I'll be travelling with an American passport so does it make sense to use a russian passport while crossing the border? I don't want any problems... Any feedback is greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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Apr 26th, 2011, 04:45 PM
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I have dual Thai/US passports and I would use the US for any countries that have free visa agreement or waiver.
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Apr 26th, 2011, 08:24 PM
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I have dual UK/US citizenship and I always use my UK passport in Europe. However, I've found some embassies in the US won't issue visas for my UK passport, only the US one (they charge higher fees for the US...) You may do better to look into getting the visas after you reach Asia.
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Apr 28th, 2011, 04:08 PM
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You will have no problem using your Russian passport.
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Jul 1st, 2011, 12:32 AM
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hi there
i think you should use the passport of the country where you was born and grow up, that would be better. Please noted that
what passport you use for Visa application, better use that all time while traveling through those countries.
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Jul 1st, 2011, 07:58 AM
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I think you'd better read up on the requirements of those holding dual US citizenship and when you are SUPPOSED to use your U.S. passport and WHEN the second nationality passport.
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Jul 1st, 2011, 09:07 AM
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It's very simple. You HAVE to use your US passport when leaving and entering the US. That's it. Unless lincasanova would like to provide a link to an OFFICIAL site saying something else?
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Jul 1st, 2011, 09:15 AM
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I've been doing it like what thursdaysd stated as well. If not entering or leaving the USA then you are free to use the other nationality's passport for travel. Of course if you enter a country with passport x then you must leave with passport x.
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Jul 1st, 2011, 09:46 AM
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I was told the OPPOSITE for my dual national children. That they were USA citizens all over the world EXCEPT in Spain.

Sorry I didn't ask for a photocopy 33 years ago, but now you have me thinking.

I would like to clear this up for MYSELF and my family.

Strange when you "find out" or are informed that what you were told by a government official is now wrong.
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Jul 1st, 2011, 09:51 AM
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I can't find anything contrary to what you are all saying so I will tell my kids not to worry anymore about it. There are no details about traveling in other countries that I could find in my quick search, only about going in and out of the USA.
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Jul 1st, 2011, 10:14 AM
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lincasanova,

If one holds dual citizenship it doesn't matter which passport you're using as you are citizens of both countries.
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Jul 1st, 2011, 10:45 AM
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lincasanova,

When I was sworn in as a US citizen, the guy doing the ceremony read us all a long lecture about how we were now dual nationals but we really, really should renounce the other citizenship. I sat there thinking "you must be nuts, why would I do that???"

I do usually hand both passports to the airline check-in person for my flight back to the US, to show that I won't have a problem getting in.
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Jul 1st, 2011, 12:49 PM
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I know you are citizens of both countries, but I can tell you that YEARS ago, the consular agent certainly put the other information in all the American mothers' minds here in Spain when we applied for our kids' passports and how /when to use them. We were advised of the "correct" usage outside of the USA.

Good to know it's no big deal.
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Jul 1st, 2011, 02:36 PM
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lincasanova - ah, I think there's a difference between "correct" (in the mind of the official) and "legal". Plus, I don't know how far back you're talking about, but I believe there was a Supreme Court decision at some point that altered the US view of dual citizenship.
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Jul 1st, 2011, 02:50 PM
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33 years.
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Jul 1st, 2011, 03:41 PM
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Interesting summary of relevant Supreme Court cases here: http://www.richw.org/dualcit/cases.html

The situation regarding foreign-born children has been different at different times, but if someone has been granted a US passport as an adult, and has not made a deliberate renunciation of US citizenship, I don't think they have anything to worry about. (But I'm not any kind of lawyer.)
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Jul 1st, 2011, 09:20 PM
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interesting discussion -- but probably not helpful for the OP. He was filling out his visa application back in April . . .
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Jul 2nd, 2011, 01:09 AM
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thank you for all this information. It has been very interesting reading.
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Jul 7th, 2011, 01:22 PM
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Thanks all! I ended up using the US passport
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