Eighteen new Peace Corps Volunteers took the oath of service.
USCGC RUSH visits Pohnpei to offer open house tours after completing a bilateral fishing law enforcement deployment in FSM.
Over 2,500 people came out to see Dangerflow’s performance at the Spanish Wall.
Local Apprentices and members of the U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Unit 133 are constructing a changing house at the Pohnpei Swimming Pool.
U.S. Embassy Officer Visit to Yap: November 11
Hugues Ogier, the newly-arrived Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Kolonia, will be in Yap from November 9 to 11 to meet with local officials on the occasion of the Canoe Festival, and to provide limited consular services to U.S. citizens. Hugues will be able to accept U.S. passport applications and applications for Consular Reports of Birth Abroad. He will be available from 4:30 until 5:30 at the Manta Ray Bay hotel on Tuesday, November 11. Also, from 5:30 to 6:30 at the same location, Hugues will host an open invitation town hall to answer general questions from the public.
If you have any questions or are unable to come at the scheduled time, please contact the U.S. Embassy in advance at 320-2187 or by email at KoloniaACS@state.gov to make other arrangements.
A recent anonymous posting on a Jihadist website encouraged attacks against American and other international schools in the Middle East, including Western teachers employed at these schools. That message referenced schools in the localities of Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) and Maadi (Egypt) as examples, and these two cities as locations with high concentrations of potential targets. The U.S. Embassy in Kolonia is unaware of any specific, credible threat against any American school or individual in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). Nonetheless, Embassy Kolonia is working with local schools identified with the United States to review their security posture. U.S. citizens residing in or visiting the FSM should remain vigilant regarding their personal security and alert to local security developments.
It is always advisable to keep your security and situational awareness levels high. Please follow these good personal security practices:
Avoid crowds or large gatherings when traveling in public;
Know where you are going and have a plan of what to do in the event you encounter demonstrations or violence;
Identify safe areas (for example police stations, hospitals, government buildings) in your area and how to get to them quickly;
Tell co-workers or neighbors where you’re going and when you intend to return;
Minimize your profile while in public;
Always carry a cell phone and make sure you have emergency numbers pre-programmed into your phone such as the Embassy at 320-2187. The emergency numbers for the FSM National Police is 320-2620; and local fire stations can be reached at -3333 (using the local phone prefix).
Be prepared to postpone or cancel activities for personal safety concerns;
Report concerns you may have to the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in the FSM enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the U.S. Department of State's, Bureau of Consular Affairs website, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information can be found. The U.S. Embassy also encourages U.S. citizens to review the "Traveler's Checklist,” which includes valuable security information for those both living and traveling abroad, and enroll with the Department of State or the U.S. Embassy through the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well. In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or outside the United States and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
The U.S. Embassy in Kolonia is open 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday, except on U.S. and FSM holidays, and can be reached at 320-2187. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance outside of business hours, the emergency after-hours number for the U.S. Embassy is 920-2369
Visa Fee Changes Effective September 12, 2014
On September 12, 2014, the Department of State adjusted some visa processing fees. There were no changes to most nonimmigrant visa fees, except the fiancé visa, which increased slightly. The hourly charge for consular services performed after hours, outside of the office, or in preparation of special documents has been reduced. The fee for processing the renunciation of U.S. citizenship has increased. The Department is required to recover, as far as possible, the cost of processing visas through the collection of application fees.
|Type of Visa||Previous Fee||New Fee|
|Tourist, Business, Transit, Crew Member, Student, Exchange Visitor, and Journalist visas NO CHANGE||$160||$160|
|Petition-Based visas (H, L, O, P, Q, and R) NO CHANGE||$190||$190|
|Fiancé(e) visas (K)||$240||$265|
|Type of Visa||Previous Fee||New Fee|
|Consular Time (per hour)||$231||$135|
|Renunciation of U.S. Citizenship||$450||$2,350|