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Long story short I applied for a US Visa around October '18, refused on the spot but I was asked for further background documents, which I provided.

Fast-forward to January '19, I was asked to drop off my passport at the consulate again, I asked the officer if my visa was approved, to which she answered yes, expect to pick up your passport in the designated postal office in 3-4 days.

Fast-forward 2 weeks later and I get nothing, I email the consulate and I'm told that "additional administrative processing is required before we can continue with your visa issuance". And now it has been nearly 50 days and I haven't received my passport nor my visa. To me, it seems incredibly unreasonable to withhold someone's passport for that long... I've had to cancel several plans because I don't even have a passport at the moment.

closed as unclear what you're asking by cHiEf Immigration vIoLaTer, David Richerby, Giorgio, Michael Hampton, bytebuster Feb 17 at 22:09

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    Ok, so you've been in contact with the consulate and they've replied. Other than 'contact them again' what do you think we can add? – Redd Herring Feb 17 at 8:22
  • Does your country issue second passports for these situations? Some countries will give you a second passport if you need to have your first passport out for visa applications and that conflicts with your travel plans. That would allow you to keep your passport with the US Consulate for their processing and not have to cancel any other trips. – Zach Lipton Feb 17 at 8:41
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    What is your question? You can demand your passport back and lose out on the visa, or keep quiet and near it. These consular types have no respect for individuals. Background checks can be done without holding your passport, but then I guess beggars cannot be choosers and getting a visa at all is supposedly a privilege. – cHiEf Immigration vIoLaTer Feb 17 at 11:52
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it’s not a question, just a post submission rant. – cHiEf Immigration vIoLaTer Feb 17 at 11:52
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    There doesn't seem to be an actual question here. You have explained the background, but you forgot to ask a question? – Michael Hampton Feb 17 at 14:53