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An African country has seized my friend's British passport

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Hi an African country has seized my friend's British passport without any charges. What can we do to get it back?
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Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Immigration Law
Expert:  Clare replied 10 months ago.

Thank you for your question

My name is Clare

I shall do my best to help you but I need some further informtaion first.

Has your friend spoken to the Embassy?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Hi Clare
My friend is currently speaking with the British High Commission in the country and they have said they can't promise anything but will do what they can... so he want to know his options or any advice to retrieve his passport so he can travel back to the UK.
Thank you
Expert:  Clare replied 10 months ago.

In what circumstances were the passport taken?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Is it possible to talk over the phone please as I gather information on here is not private?
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Expert:  Clare replied 10 months ago.

Are you aware that the site charges more for a phone call?

Just to check - have you ever met your friend in person?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Oh i wasn't aware.. yes i have met him in person, we are very close... It was in relation to a work issue involving money, he was detained by officials but he wasn't arrested or charged. He was released but they refused to return his passport. This was several months ago. They claim they are still investigating but they haven't charged him with anything which is rather confusing
Expert:  Clare replied 10 months ago.

How is he supporting himself out there?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
He still gets paid by his company however his family (wife and two children) all British citizens are here in the Uk. He hasn't seen his children since all of this happened. Wife travels over when work permits her to see him.
Expert:  Clare replied 10 months ago.

What have the HIgh Commission actually said?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
That they are working on it but there are no guarantees they can do much. This isn't reassuring seeing that the property of the United Kingdom has been seized by another country for no good reason. Legally where does my friend stand please? Thank you
Expert:  Clare replied 10 months ago.

Has he asked for temporary travel documents so that he can return home?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Not yet. Can he do that?
Expert:  Clare replied 10 months ago.

Yes they can - but he might not them be able to return

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Ok- Can he then get a new passport in the UK?
Expert:  Clare replied 10 months ago.

He can but he is unlikely to be able to return ti the oc**try he is currently in

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
ok Thank you.
Expert:  Clare replied 10 months ago.

You are welcome I hope that he is home soon

Expert:  Clare replied 10 months ago.