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OVERSEAS ABSENTEE VOTING 2008

Posted by Service Officer on 24th July 2008

 

Overseas American citizens are eligible to participate in presidential and state primary elections, run-off elections and special elections that occur throughout the year, as well as the general elections in November 2008. You are strongly encouraged to register to vote and request your absentee ballot early! The official U.S. Government website for overseas absentee voting assistance is the Federal Voting Assistance Program website at www.fvap.gov. It has a wealth of information about absentee voting including: downloadable absentee ballot applications and write-in ballots, state specific instructions for completing the form, links to state and local officials, and a downloadable emergency ballot to use when requested materials fail to arrive in time. The Basic Absentee Voting Process procedure is:

1.) Complete an application form and send it to local election officials in the U.S.

2.) The local official approves your request or contacts you for further information.

3.) The local official sends you an absentee ballot.

4.) You vote the ballot and send it back in time to meet your state’s deadline.

To register to vote and request an absentee ballot you can fill out the paper form available at the American Citizen Services (ACS) section of the U.S. Embassy, or download the Federal Post Card Application at http://fvap.gov/pubs/fpca.html. Fill it out and send it in, following the guidelines for your state. Each state establishes voting procedures, and so requirements across the country vary. It is important to be aware of your state’s deadlines for registration. Specific information about your state’s procedures and a complete 2008 election calendar are available at http://fvap.gov. There may be last minute changes to your state’s voting calendar, procedures or deadlines. When these occur, the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) will issue a News Release. To add your name to the distribution list for News Releases, send an e-mail to vote@fvap.ncr.go For further information you can also contact the FVAP via Email: vote@fvap.ncr.gov. [Source: ACS Manila Newsletter Jul 08 ++]

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ACS MANILA SERVICES 1 April 2008

Posted by Service Officer on 1st April 2008

ACS MANILA SERVICES: The American Citizen Services (ACS) is located in the U.S. Embassy, 1201 Roxas Blvd., Ermita, Manila, Philippines Tel: Office: (63)(2)-301-2246 or 301-2555 Fax: (63)(2)-522-3242. It is under the direction of the Consul General: Richard D. Haynes and ACS Chief: Linda Daetwyler. Following are points of contact and hours of operation for the various services they provide:

• Passports: M-F 7:30am – 11:00am, By phone: M-F, 2-4pm x5187. For applications: FedEx – 02-879- 4747 or http://manila.usembassy.gov.

• Citizenship and Birth Registration: By phone: M-F, 2-4pm x5188. By appointment only for forms/applications: FedEx – 02-879-4747 or http://manila.usembassy.gov.

• Notary Services: M-F 7:30am – 10:00am

• Legal Capacity to Marry: M-F 7:30am – 10:00am

• EMERGENCIES: For emergencies after hours call 63-2-301-2000 and ask for the Duty Officer.

• Website: http://manila.usembassy.gov

• Email: acsinfomanila@state.gov

• Virtual Consulate Davao: http://www.usvirtualconsulatedavao.org.ph

• Online Registration: https://travelregistration.state.gov

• Cebu Consular Agency – Waterfront Hotel, Lahug Tel: (032) 231-1261 Fax: (032) 231-0174M-F 9:00am – 11:00am

The 2008 Holiday Closings schedule is:

• Maundy Thursday (PHL) Thurs, Mar 20

• Good Friday (PHL) Fri, Mar 21

• Bataan & Corregidor / Heroism Day (PHL) Mon, Apr 7

• Labor Day (PHL) Thurs, May 1

• Memorial Day (U.S.) Mon, May 26

• Independence Day (PHL) Mon, June 9

• Independence Day (U.S.) Fri, July 4

• Ninoy Aquino Day (PHL) Mon, Aug 18

• National Heroes Day (PHL) Mon, Aug 25

• Labor Day (U.S.) Mon, Sept 1

• Eid-ul-Fitr (Subject to Proclamation)(PHL) TBD

• Columbus Day (U.S.) Mon, Oct 13

• Veterans Day (U.S.) Tues, Nov 11

• Thanksgiving Day (U.S.) Thurs, Nov 27

• Bonifacio Day (PHL) Mon, Dec 1

• Christmas Day (U.S./PHL) Thurs, Dec 25

• Additional special non-working Day (PHL) Fri, Dec 26

• Last Day of the Year (PHL) Wed, Dec 31

[Source: ACS Newsletter 20 Mar 08]

EMBASSY 2008 ACS OUTREACH SCHEDULE

• Thursday March 13 Legaspi

• Thursday April 3 Angeles

• Friday April 4 Olongapo

• Thursday April 17 Baguio

• Friday May 16 Davao

• Thursday June 5 Cebu

• Friday June 6 Cebu

• Thursday July 17 Angeles

• Friday July 18 Olongapo

• Friday August 15 Pangasinan

• Friday September 12 Cagayan De Oro

• Thursday October 2 Angeles

• Friday October 3 Olongapo

• Thursday October 23 Baguio

• Friday November 7 Davao

Dates are only tentative and subject to change. Personnel, locations, and times for the upcoming Angeles City and Subic Outreach visits are:

• Angeles City – U.S. Embassy representatives from the American Citizen Services, Non-Immigrant Visa, and Immigrant Visa Units of the Consular Section; Department of Homeland Security; SocialSecurity Administration; Veterans Affairs; Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment and the Joint US Military Assistance Group will be in: Angeles City Thursday, 3 APR 08 from 8:00 to 11:00 A.M. G/F, Rafael Lazatin Hall, Hotel Stotsenberg, Gil Puyat Avenue corner A. Soriano Street, Clark Special Economic Zone, Pampanga

• Subic – 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; Veterans Affairs; Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment and the Joint US Military Assistance Group will be in: Olongapo City Friday, 4 APR 08from 8:00 to 11:00 A.M. G/F, Museum Chinese Restaurant, Legenda Hotel and Casino, Waterfront Road, Subic Bay Freeport, Olongapo City.

[Source: ACS Newsletter 20 Mar 08]

VIMS Change

PHILIPPINE TOURIST VISA UPDATE 01: The Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner has issued an official Memorandum advising departing foreign tourists with expired Philippine tourist visas that they may no longer update their visas at the airport. BI stated that all requests for tourist visa extensions filed at any international port of entry/exit shall immediately be referred to the Visa Extension Section of the BI Main Office (Magallanes Drive, Intramuros, Manila) or concerned subport/field office for appropriate action. The Embassy encourages Americans to keep their visas updated to avoid unnecessary inconvenience. Details on the new procedure can be found on the Philippine Bureau of Immigration’s website: www.immigration.gov.ph. [Source: ACS Newsletter 20 Mar 08]

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