Hi my name is Stephanie Chavez I got a letter for interview appearance for my citizenship in two months, my question is, in the letter I have to bring my passport but I misplaced my old passport. I renewed my foreign passport on 2013 because I though I'm going to different country for internship but I never picked it instead I did my internship in San Francisco. I usually live in NY but I'm 5 hours away to NYC which my passport is and now I lived in St.louis MO and I don't think I can ever picked it up because I can't leave work and I don't have money to go back. Also I called them and it seems like they don't have it anymore what should I do? I have the enrollment application for my renewal of passport though, will this be good enough evidence that I didn't go outside the United States?
Hi Stephanie. Try to find out where your passport is (i.e. does that company still have it or what). If you can locate it, at least have color copies of each page made and faxed or scanned and e-mailed to you by whoever has it (offer to pay for the cost for this, of course). I am not sure what your country requires to renew a passport, but usually it is required to send in the expired passport to get a new passport, so you will want to locate it either way. If after a week or so of your most serious attempts to locate it you cannot find it, you should contact your country's nearest embassy and report it lost or stolen. You may also want to write a letter to USCIS explaining this situation, making clear reference to your case type (N-400) and file/receipt number on top of the letter, and keep a copy of it. When time comes for your interview, bring whatever evidence you may possess with you (i.e. if you can't get the passport, bring the color copy pages; if you can't locate the passport, bring all the evidence that you have filed a lost/stolen report with your consulate). As always, it is best to hire an immigration attorney to represent you in any and all immigration-related matters. Consider hiring an immigration attorney to assist you directly in locating your passport, advising you on obtaining a new one and most importantly, accompanying you to your citizenship interview so you can explain your situation to the immigration officer. At the time of your interview, also bring the cover letter showing you have written USCIS to inform them of your situation, which you should show them first thing and ask them to 'amend' your application with a notation of this situation. Best of luck!
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Concur with the other attorney. Also make sure to bring other documents listed in the letter for your interview.
Attorney Jae is a history professor and immigration attorney with an EB1/NIW specialty. This answer does not constitute attorney-client relationship and is for information only.
I'm confused ... who has your passport?
If you have no family/friends to get it, consider hiring a lawyer in NYC to get it for you.
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