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Is it illegal to withhold someone's passport and green card in California?

The green card should always be at hand Yeah, he can't do that. He needs a green card in his possession anytime he's not on private property. Obviously for instance leaving it in the gym locker ...
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Is it illegal to withhold someone's passport and green card in California?

It might be sufficient to have a lawyer draft a letter asking for the return of the documents; many people become much more reasonable after seeing something in writing that spells out what laws they ...
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Is it illegal to withhold someone's passport and green card in California?

A necessary first step in such a situation is filing a police report in the town where the withholding/theft occurred (or is suspected to have occurred.) Generally, a complainant can do this by ...
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Using passport as domestic ID

Yes. A domestic passport is sufficient photo ID for any purpose (other than driving or establishing state residency) and is expressly authorized as sufficient ID for employment on a form I-9 and for ...
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Is it illegal in any western jurisdiction to hold a fraudulently obtained but legitimately issued passport of another country?

UK, Identity Documents Act 2010, false identity documents etc: Possession of false identity documents etc with improper intention (1) It is an offence for a person (“P”) with an improper intention ...
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Failing to renounce Indian citizenship

The Indian Citizenship Act, 1955 §8 requires it, so from a legal perspective, you must do it. That law does not specify the consequences, and there isn't a clear limit on the possible punishment. The ...
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Is it illegal to withhold someone's passport and green card in California?

Stop asking around on internet now. Your uncle needs to talk to his daughter and get his Green Card (this should be possible seeing how she is is daughter?!). If that doesn't work right away, police ...
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Is it illegal in any western jurisdiction to hold a fraudulently obtained but legitimately issued passport of another country?

It is illegal in Germany. The German Criminal Code (Strafgesetzbuch, StGB) says: Section 271 Causing false records (1) Whoever causes declarations, negotiations or facts which are of relevance for ...
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Renouncing your citizenship but the government doesn't accept; can you still get a stateless person passport from Germany?

What you claim isn’t true. You can’t usually get German citizenship if you have another citizenship. You can (possibly) get German citizenship if you tried to get rid of another citizenship and failed....
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I'm Irish but have an English birth cert. What are my rights regarding dual citizenship and getting an English passport?

You are a British citizen: Born in the UK between 1 January 1983 and 1 October 2000 Whether you’re a British citizen depends on where your parents were from and their circumstances. There are ...
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Is it illegal in any western jurisdiction to hold a fraudulently obtained but legitimately issued passport of another country?

As the refusal letter of the context question states, the papers were decided to be a false representation because they are (among other reasons) probably used by an imposter [as in: he is not the ...
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Renouncing your citizenship but the government doesn't accept; can you still get a stateless person passport from Germany?

There are nations in the world that do not allow you to renounce citizenship That is a matter for those countries. However, whether another country considers you to be a citizen of any country is a ...
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What if a US dual citizen gets a US visa stamp on his foreign passport?

You got an entry stamp, not a visa stamp. A US visa (aka "visa stamp") is a physical sticker that you have to go to a US consulate to apply for, which takes up one page of your passport and says "US ...
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Can a US citizen with dual citizenship travel without getting a US passport?

There is a legal requirement for US citizens to have a US passport when entering and leaving the US, though there are some exceptions. (The exceptions mostly concern other kinds of documents that are ...
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Is it legal to submit fake digital identification documents to private companies?

Nope. 18 U.S. Code § 1028 - Fraud and related activity in connection with identification documents, authentication features, and information (a) Whoever, in a circumstance described in subsection (c) ...
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Is a passport proof or presumption of citizenship?

It depends on the issuing country. The primary purpose of a passport is to enable the holder to travel internationally, not to prove citizenship. Most countries only issue passports to their ...
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When can my wife apply for US passport (she has a green card)?

I assume that since your wife entered on a K-1 visa, that you are a U.S. citizen. This makes a difference because the time limit is different in each case. Spouses of U.S. citizens can apply for ...
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Why do passport applications ask for the information they ask for?

You have the right to withhold this information; they have the right to withhold a passport. You do not have a right to a passport; it is a privilege and that privilege may be withdrawn at the ...
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Using passport as domestic ID

It depends on what you are using it for. AFAIK, there is no law specifying that a passport must be valid for every single potential requirement of photo ID. For example, until 2010, you could not use ...
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Is it illegal in any western jurisdiction to hold a fraudulently obtained but legitimately issued passport of another country?

It could be an offence contrary to Section 6 of the Fraud Act 2006 in the UK: (1) A person is guilty of an offence if he has in his possession or under his control any article for use in the course ...
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Did they not require any kind of passport or identity when traveling between countries before the year 1914?

Passports were required in ancient, medieval, and early modern ages, either for immigration or for emigration or both. However, what was called passport back then might be better characterized as ...
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Are there states that don't require having a family name?

australia There is no limitation on the number of names you can have so long as it is at least 1. You cannot have a prohibited name (NSW Births Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1995, other ...
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Is something considered stolen if it possibly could have been lost?

Is something considered stolen if it possibly could have been lost? Something is considered stolen if it was stolen. You don't have your passport + Someone entered the room where it was ≠ They ...
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Can a US passport be used in advertisements?

The picture shown is not fraudulent or problematic. Fraud involves using a false representation (or concealing a fact) in order to obtain a result that would not have been possible to secure without ...
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Is it illegal for a family member to withhold/hide the passport of a legal adult, from the rightful owner - in the UK?

It is almost certainly illegal. I was unable to find UK provisions but the penalties for stealing an Australian passport are 10 years imprisonment or a fine of up to 1,000 penalty units (at time of ...
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Is it legal to retain citizen passport?

What should and shouldn't happen isn't going to do a damn thing about your passport situation. Your passport isn't being 'held', it's in processing at a place that is currently not operational due to ...
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Irish Passport through Great Grandparent

There's an answer at Irish Citizens Information, complete with a chart. First, it doesn't matter if the Irish ancestor was living in the Republic or in Northern Ireland. However, the ancestral right ...
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Would a passport containing no sex category be internationally recognised?

The recognition of other country’s passports is a courtesy Each nation is sovereign over its own borders. So who they allow in (and out) is a matter for them. For example, many Arab countries will ban ...
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Would a passport containing no sex category be internationally recognised?

ICAO 9303 Part 4 specifies that sex is a mandatory data element, and that it may have one of three values: F, M, or X. Therefore, if the country wants its passports to comply, the answers to your ...
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Is it legal for a shop to deny sale of age-restricted products to someone who shows two valid forms of I.D.?

One official form of ID should be enough. Two pieces of ID is more than most people ever carry. And not selling to you because you’re black would be illegal discrimination. But that would be hard to ...
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