Passport was denied while overseas and kept due to outstanding 2002 warrant. Have hired a lawyer to look at the matter. Told the embassy and have documentation from the lawyer. But they refuse to give me any travel documents or limited passport to return to the usa and sort out the case. Was never served with the warrant so did not know. Also have been living overseas for about 12 years. What can I do?
Keep in touch with your attorney and have him/her keep in touch with the Embassy
Suggest to your lawyer that he/she consider contacting a US Senator.
PS Beyond saying that there is an outstanding warrant, did the Embassy give you any other reason?
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If you are a US citizen, then consider a mandamus. If you are not a US citizen, then consider humanitarian parole once criminal case is reopened. If there is no criminal case, then this complicates matters.
I strongly recommend an appointment with a competent and experienced immigration attorney. Our office has handled such humanitarian paroles for such individuals in need.
This is general information, not legal advice, and does not create an attorney client relationship.
Keep working with the attorney. A defense attorney may be able to get the criminal case dismissed.
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You have hired an attorney. Your best source of information and advice should be your lawyer. Your lawyer has all the facts and is in a better position to answer your questions. Since your practice area is indicated as Immigration, is it correct to assume you are not a US citizen?