I am an American citizen trying to renew my passport. My parents were immigrants and got a few of my documents delayed, such as my birth certificate. As a teenager, my mother applied for my passport and they asked her for a list of documents proving that she was in America and the state of Georgia around my birth. She provided everything she could at the time. I received my passport after some time. When I went to renew it, they said that it was wrongfully issued to me in the first place. I had been traveling internationally on that passport regularly for the past 10 years and was never stopped with it. They are now asking me to provide the documents over again along with some additional. On the website there are a list of documents one can provide and I have gathered more than enough but they are insisting on more things that I simply do not have. They are now in possession of my birth certificate, immunization records, baptismal certificate among other things, the originals as well as the copies. I have a job that requires me to have a passport so I'm currently at a loss.
You may wish to consider contacting an expedited passport service center to try to clarify the needed documentation. Here's a link on where they are located throughout the country: https://iafdb.travel.state.gov/
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It is a procedural morass as you already know. If the US State Department wants additional documents as cited, do your best to prepare and submit them. Additionally, you may present sworn Affidavits from people with knowledge on the evidence or documents NOT in your possession.
You would be very wise to engage a licensed practicing immigration attorney to prepare and submit that bona fide package to prove up your US Citizenship.
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