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My fiance's passport has been lost. He has been in the US for 10 days, and we haven't applied for the marriage license yet.

Without going into too much detail, yes we are aware of how dire our situation is now, since we can't get the license without a passport, and he can't leave the country since the visa is expired. We have already filed a police report and taken all the necessary measures in attempting to find it. If we never find it, then we will have to try to get him another passport.

I'm wondering if anyone here has any advice for our specific situation, namely dealing with the Italian consulate issuing a passport overseas? I am looking for personal advice, since internet searches have been inconclusive so far.


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Try these steps:

1. Contact the nearest Italian consulate within the U.S., in regard to a replacement passport.

2. Research U.S. locales for places to marry with minimal documentation.

3. See if the U.S. consulate in Italy can provide a letter that affirms your fiance's legal admission status to the U.S.

4. Contact your CBP port of entry to see what verification of his legal entry that they can provide you in print.

5. Call USCIS, firmly insist on your call's escalation to an actual Immigration Officer, explain the situation to get it on the record, get information on what implications this has on filing for AOS if there's a delay, and (if the IO can't promise a letter of confirmation of your discussion in writing) note the date & time of your call, the IO's name & location, and any internal reference codes that the IO might give you so that you can cite them later.

In addition, keep all copies of your police reports.

Others here might have alternative or better advice, but the above comes to mind in terms of limiting potential damage.

06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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Evidence of entry and status is the I-94, which is electronic if he arrived by air or sea anyway, so cannot be "lost" and can be printed out at any time. Plus status should not be relevant for marriage. It's just an ID that's needed, and the passport serves as probably his only accepted ID, so that's why the passport should be replaced ASAP.

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you make any passport copies or scans prior to getting on the plane?

have a birth certificate? printed I-94 from internet? take bc, i-94, get into ssa office, get SSN.

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Go down to the local Italian consulate and explain, they can, with a police report, issue a replacement on the spot, but its only going to be good for a year or two. That gives you the ID to get married and not have a giant fiasco at the moment. Once you are legally married you can apply for a normal replacement. I am an Italian dual citizen and thats what I had to do when mine was stolen while I was traveling on that passport.

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