Today, I received a note from Ainee. Ainee will soon be coming to Asia with her Vietnamese husband.
Here is what Ainee had to say:
I am a naturalized (Philippine-born) American citizen, married to a naturalized (Vietnamese-born) American citizen who is planning travel to Vietnam and the Philippines this Christmas 2011 and my husband told me to apply for a dual citizenship and get a Philippine passport to gain entry to Vietnam without a need to apply for a visa (ASEAN no visa agreement). When I leave the US to go to Vietnam then to the Philippines then back to Vietnam again, I would be using my Philippine passport. My questions are this, when I arrive back to the US from Vietnam and I present my US passport, would they look for the travel stamps that I acquired abroad? If they do ask for it, would it be okay to present my Philippine passport and not risk of losing my US citizenship? Hope you can help me out with this. Thank you so much!
Hello Ainee, and thank you for writing in to our website with your question.
Yes, you are exactly correct, you should use your Philippine Passport when entering Vietnam and the Philippines. When you leave the Philippines you should show your US passport, and again show your US passport to ICE agents when you enter the USA. You should not have any problems. Should they ask about your travel to other countries, no problem to show your Philippine passport. You have no risk of losing your US citizenship, because it is legal under US law to have multiple citizenship. The US does not encourage dual citizenship, but they also do not outlaw it.
Enjoy your trip!