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A doctor tried to renew his passport. Now he’s no longer a citizen.


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The Northern Virginia doctor was born in D.C. and given a U.S. birth certificate. At 61, he learned his citizenship was granted by mistake.


Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2023/11/25/virginia-doctor-passport-citizenship-nightmare



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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Hungary

I’m surprised that it took them so long to figure out he wasn’t a citizen. He admitted to voting I wonder if that would block him from being able to get residency, even if he did not know he was unable to vote?

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Indonesia

There is another form (I-508) he will need to fill out to explain his A visa status and duties, and to also renounce his diplomatic status.

Similar to what I had to go through.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Wales

Yep he would have got residency and then could have gone for Citizenship. I assume he still can.


Was there not a jihadi bride in the same situation?


We have had a few cases where we have had Iranian members who were born elsewhere having issues because they are Iranian, one got really upset and seemed to think not having a passport was relevant.


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ecuador

Here's another report.  I agree that this situation is egregious and needs to be corrected.


U.S. Doctor Stripped of Citizenship for a Ridiculous Reason


Siavash Sobhani, aside from a few years of his childhood when his family moved to Turkey, was born, attended school, and practiced medicine for more than thirty years right here in the United States.  He practices internal medicine, having earned degrees from George Washington University and Boston College before attending Georgetown Medical School.

Thinking ahead, Sobhani applied for a new passport in February since his was set to expire in June.  He needs the passport in order to attend his son's wedding in Portugal next July.  This isn't the first time that he has renewed it.  Over the years he has done so several times, each time establishing the fact that he was a U.S. citizen.

So imagine his shock when he received a letter from the State Department informing him that he never should have been granted citizenship at the time of his birth because his father was a diplomat from the Iranian Embassy.  Instead of receiving a passport, he was directed to a website where he could apply for citizenship.  [story continues...]



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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