Can a US consular take away my passport?

Asked on Jul 13th, 2013 on Immigration - New York
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A US consular at the US embassy in Yemen was taking away US passports from people.
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Answered on Jul 22nd, 2013 at 3:02 AM
If your US passport was "lifted" [seized] by the consular officer, it is presumably because the DOS feels it should not in fact have been issued. It is particularly serious if this happens overseas because, you may be unable to return to the United States. Once a passport is lifted, it is almost pointless to apply for a replacement since information pertaining to this would have been entered into a database . Please see an experienced immigration attorney if this is your situation.

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