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Warden Message U.S. Embassy Manila January 31, 2008

Posted by Service Officer on 31st January 2008

 

THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION THROUGH THE EMBASSY WARDEN SYSTEM AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO AMERICAN CITIZENS IN THE PHILIPPINES. PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR NEIGHBORHOOD.

THANK YOU.

U.S. PASSPORT FEE CHANGES

Beginning February 1, 2008, the Department of State will institute a new fee schedule for passport (book style) services. Fees are being adjusted to cover the cost of providing efficient and secure passport services. The new passport fees are as follows: The passport fee for first-time adult applicants (age 16 and older) will be $100. For adult applicants eligible to renew a passport using Form DS-82, the fee will be $75. For children under age 16 the fee will be $85. Minors under the age of 16 are eligible to receive a 5-year passport. Adult applicants (age 16 and older) are eligible to receive a 10-year passport.

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THE NEW U.S. PASSPORT CARD

U.S. citizens may begin applying in advance for the new U.S. Passport Card beginning February 1, 2008, in anticipation of land border travel document requirements. We expect cards will be available and mailed to applicants in spring 2008. The passport card will facilitate entry and expedite document processing at U.S. land and sea ports-of-entry when arriving from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda. The Department of State is issuing this passport card in response to the needs of border resident communities for a less expensive and more portable alternative to the traditional passport.

The passport card is by definition a passport and will be considered proof of U.S. citizenship. The card may not, however, be used to travel by air. The passport card will otherwise carry the rights and privileges of the U.S. passport book and will be adjudicated to the exact same standards. The card will have the same period of validity as the passport book: ten years for an adult (age 16 and older), and five years for children 15 years and younger. If you already have a passport book, you may apply for the card as a passport renewal and pay only $20. The fee for a first-time adult applicant will be $45. The fee for a minor applicant under the age of 16 will be $35.

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Temporary Problem With Issuing Military ID Cards in Manila!

Posted by Service Officer on 29th January 2008

All in to line:
Last week after using the last dependent ID cardstock (tan ID cards) I went to open a new box of cardstock labeled tan but found it was instead red (used for reservists and their dependents). A few minutes later, I emailed DMDC Korea to FedEx overnight a shipment of tan ID cards so that I could remain in operation, but as of this time today I still have not received anything from them. As such, I will not be able to issue active duty dependent, retiree dependent, DAV, and DAV dependent ID cards (DD Form 1173) tomorrow, 29 January 2008, and until further notice.
I apologize for the inconvenience.
V/R
SPC Babcock, Jeremy L
DEERS/ADMIN/SUPPLY
JUSMAG – Philippines
United States Embassy
1201 Roxas Blvd., Ermita
Manila, Philippines

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OLONGAPO CITY Embassy Outreach January 25, 2008

Posted by Service Officer on 17th January 2008

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

U.S. Embassy representatives from the American Citizen Services, Non- Immigrant Visa, and Immigrant Visa Units of the Consular Section; Department of Homeland Security; Social Security Administration; and the Joint US Military Assistance Group will be in:

OLONGAPO CITY

Friday, January 25, 2008

8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

G/F, Museum Chinese Restaurant

Legenda Hotel and Casino

Waterfront Road, Subic Bay Freeport

Olongapo City

American Citizen Services personnel will answer questions and:

Accept applications for Passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad Provide information on registering with the Embassy Perform notaries and affidavits of legal capacity to marry in the Philippines

Non-Immigrant Visa personnel will answer questions:

(Cannot entertain case/application specific inquiries)

Regarding visa application process

Immigrant Visa personnel will answer questions and:

Provide instructions for applying for U.S. Immigrant status Field questions related to existing immigrant visa applications

Department of Homeland Security personnel will answer questions and:

Accept DHS applications/petitions

Provide instructions for filing such applications/petitions Distribute DHS forms and guidelines regarding DHS applications/petitions Provide information related to Immigration matters

Social Security Administration will answer questions and:

Discuss basic entitlement requirements for the different Social Security benefits; Develop claims for benefits; Process Social Security number applications; Resolve Post-Entitlement cases, e.g., Change of Address, Report of Death, Medicare enrollment, Direct Deposit enrollment, Non-receipt of benefits, etc.

TRICARE and DEERS personnel of the Joint US Military Assistance Group

(JUSMAG) will answer questions: (MILITARY ID CARDS CANNOT BE ISSUED DURING THE OUTREACH)

Discuss basic application process and entitlement requirements for military ID cards; and Discuss Tricare benefits.

SCHEDULE OF FEES

PASSPORT APPLICATION FEES

Adult (16 and above) Passport Application fee: $97 Minor (under 16) Passport Application fee: $82 Passport Renewal fee (minor) $82

(adult) $67

Additional Passport Pages: no fee

Consular Report of Birth Abroad: $65

NOTARIALS

Affidavit

(Subscribed and Sworn To) $30

Extra Copy

Other doc. related to the same transaction $20

Acknowledgment of Signature $30

Voting registration card or absentee ballot no fee Savings Bonds no fee

Affidavit of Legal Capacity to Marry $30

Report of Death of an American Citizen no fee Selective Service Registration no fee

Fees will only be accepted in U.S. dollars. Must have exact amount, no change will be available.

Non-Immigrant Visa matters cannot be handled at the Outreach. All inquiries regarding Non-Immigrant Visas must be made at the U.S.

Embassy in

Manila or call: 1-909-101-7878

Additional information can be obtained prior to the visit by

contacting:

American Citizen Services Section of the American Embassy in Manila

(02) 301-2000 ext. 2246

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Warden Message January 15, 2008

Posted by Service Officer on 17th January 2008

U.S. Embassy Manila

Warden Message

January 15, 2008

THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION THROUGH THE EMBASSY WARDEN SYSTEM AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO AMERICAN CITIZENS IN THE PHILIPPINES.  PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR NEIGHBORHOOD.  THANK YOU.

Philippines Civil Aviation Safety Caution

On December 26, 2007, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) informed the Government of the Philippines that it has revised the Philippines aviation safety oversight category from Category 1 to Category 2 due to serious concerns about the Philippine Air Transportation Office s oversight of air carrier operations.  Category 2 indicates that the FAA has assessed the Government of the Philippines Civil Aviation Authority as not being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards for the oversight of Philippine air carrier operations.  While in Category 2, Philippine air carriers will be permitted to continue current operations to the United States, but will be under heightened FAA surveillance.  For more information, travelers may visit the FAA s website at http://www.faa.gov/safety/programs_initiatives/oversight/iasa
Whenever possible, Americans traveling to and from the Philippines should fly to their destinations on international carriers from countries whose civil aviation authorities meet international aviation safety standards for the oversight of their air carrier operations under the FAA s International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program. 
The Embassy strongly encourages Americans in the Philippines, including short-term visitors, to register with the Embassy in Manila.  Registration may be done on-line at https://travelregistration.state.gov.
Information on registration procedures, all security-related Travel Warnings and Public Announcements, and recent Embassy warden messages are posted on the Embassy’s website at http://manila.usembassy.gov.
The U.S. Embassy is located at: 1201 Roxas Boulevard, Manila, Philippines, tel. 63-2-301-2000. The Consular American Citizen Services (ACS) section’s fax number is 63-2-301-2017.

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Angeles Outreach on Thursday, January 24, 2008

Posted by Service Officer on 16th January 2008

Here is the Public Service Announcement for the Angeles Outreach on Thursday, January 24, 2008. Please disseminate the information to your community.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

U.S. Embassy representatives from the American Citizen Services, Non-Immigrant Visa, and Immigrant Visa Units of the Consular Section; Department of Homeland Security; Social Security Administration; and the Joint US Military Assistance Group will be in:

ANGELES CITY

Thursday, January 24, 2008

8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

G/F, Rafael Lazatin Hall
Hotel Stotsenberg

Gil Puyat Avenue corner A. Soriano Street

Clark Special Economic Zone, Pampanga

American Citizen Services personnel will answer questions and:

· Accept applications for Passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad

· Provide information on registering with the Embassy

· Perform notaries and affidavits of legal capacity to marry in the Philippines

Non-Immigrant Visa personnel will answer questions:

(Cannot entertain case/application specific inquiries)

· Regarding visa application process

Immigrant Visa personnel will answer questions and:

· Provide instructions for applying for U.S. Immigrant status

· Field questions related to existing immigrant visa applications

Department of Homeland Security personnel will answer questions and:

· Accept DHS applications/petitions

· Provide instructions for filing such applications/petitions

· Distribute DHS forms and guidelines regarding DHS applications/petitions

· Provide information related to Immigration matters

Social Security Administration will answer questions and:

· Discuss basic entitlement requirements for the different Social Security benefits;

· Develop claims for benefits;

· Process Social Security number applications;

· Resolve Post-Entitlement cases, e.g., Change of Address, Report of Death, Medicare enrollment, Direct Deposit enrollment, Non-receipt of benefits, etc.

TRICARE and DEERS personnel of the Joint US Military Assistance Group (JUSMAG) will answer questions: (MILITARY ID CARDS CANNOT BE ISSUED DURING THE OUTREACH)

· Discuss basic application process and entitlement requirements for military ID cards; and

· Discuss Tricare benefits.

SCHEDULE OF FEES

PASSPORT APPLICATION FEES

Adult (16 and above) Passport Application fee: $97

Minor (under 16) Passport Application fee: $82

Passport Renewal fee (minor) $82

(adult) $67

Additional Passport Pages: no fee

Consular Report of Birth Abroad: $65

NOTARIALS

· Affidavit

(Subscribed and Sworn To) $30

· Extra Copy

Other doc. related to the same transaction $20

· Acknowledgment of Signature $30

· Voting registration card or absentee ballot no fee

· Savings Bonds no fee

Affidavit of Legal Capacity to Marry $30

Report of Death of an American Citizen no fee

Selective Service Registration no fee

· Fees will only be accepted in U.S. dollars. Must have exact amount, no change will be available.

· Non-Immigrant Visa matters cannot be handled at the Outreach. All

inquiries regarding Non-Immigrant Visas must be made at the U.S. Embassy in

Manila or call: 1-909-101-7878

Additional information can be obtained prior to the visit by contacting:

American Citizen Services Section of the American Embassy in Manila (02) 301-2000 ext. 2246

THIS E-MAIL IS UNCLASSIFIED BASED ON THE DEFINITIONS PROVIDED IN E.O. 12958.

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Military/Dependent ID Cards

Posted by Service Officer on 15th January 2008

Military/Dependent ID Cards   

Effective 1 January 2008:  The DEERS/RAPIDS ID Card workstation located at the Social Security and Veteran s Affairs section, Window 3, will be open on a first come, first served basis on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please come to Window 3 and ask for a number, you may then have a seat and wait to be called. All questions may be directed to (63) (2) 524-2227 on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 8a.m. and 3p.m. Calls placed outside of these days and times will not be entertained. Hours of operation are as follows:
Mondays

Closed
Tuesdays
Open 8:00a.m. to 3:00p.m.
Wednesdays
Closed
Thursdays
Open 8:00a.m. to 3:00p.m.
Fridays
Closed

The workstation will be closed on all weekends and U.S. and Philippine federal holidays.

The following personnel are eligible for DOD ID Cards:
Active duty members, retired members, and members of the Reserve components not on active duty in excess of 30 days.  
Retired Reserve members who have reached their 60th birthday. 
Family members of military sponsors on active duty for more than 30 consecutive days. 
Family members of Ready Reserve (Selected, Individual and Standby Reservists) 
Family members of Retired Reservists, who have qualified for retired pay at age 60, yet have not reached age 60.      
Un-remarried or unmarried former spouses previously enrolled in DEERS.
Medal of Honor recipients and their eligible family members.  
One hundred percent Disabled American Veterans* (DAVs) and their family members.      
Former members having reached age 60 and in receipt of retired pay for non-regular service, and their family members. 
Also eligible are survivors of the following: 
Active duty members.  
Retired with pay members.     
Reserve members on active or inactive duty.   
Retired reserve members who qualify for pay at age 60 but die before reaching age 60. 
One hundred percent DAVs*     
Medal of Honor Recipients.    
*Please note that DAVs MUST HAVE A COMBINED RATING OF 100% TO BE ELIGIBLE. DAVs receiving 100% because of unemployable status but whose combined rating falls below 100% are NOT eligible. No exceptions will be made.
In order for dependents to receive an ID card the sponsor must be present, if not, the dependent must meet one of the following conditions:   
                The dependent must bring along an original DD Form 1172 signed by the sponsor and notarized from a DEERS/RAPIDS workstation validating them as a dependent, along with a valid national ID (such as a Filipina/US passport, driver s license, NBI report, voter s card, etc.) 
- OR –
                The dependent must bring along a valid Power of Attorney notarized by a US notary which gives her the power to act on the sponsor s behalf, along with a valid national ID as stated above.   
- OR –
                If the sponsor is deceased, the un-remarried spouse or unmarried former spouse may act on their own behalf.   
It is advised that they should bring all original and/or certified copies of documentation that verifies their relationship with the sponsor such as marriage certificates, birth certificates, and previous DOD ID cards. Photocopies will not be accepted.  
V/R
SPC Babcock, Jeremy L
DEERS/ADMIN/SUPPLY
JUSMAG – Philippines
United States Embassy
1201 Roxas Blvd., Ermita
Manila, Philippines

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