Why does the Bolivian government retain your passport when you apply for residency?
Sorry, I posted my original question in another part of the website before I noticed this forum.
Would someone please explain to me why the Bolivian Government HOLDS your passport during the entire Residency Application process? Doing such a thing while remaining in a foreign country is disconcerting as it is hardwired into me to NEVER relinquish my passport for obvious personal security reasons. Is this standard worldwide when applying for residency?