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.
Issues Processing Visas
The U.S. Department of State is currently experiencing technical problems with its visa system, which are affecting global operations. This issue is worldwide and is not specific to any particular country or visa category. We recognize and deeply regret the inconvenience to travelers. We are doing everything possible to return passports with visas as soon as we are able to complete processing. We regret that we are currently unable to predict how long the delay will be.
U.S. Embassy Consular Officer Visit to Chuuk: May 14 - 17
Bill Cook, the new consular officer at U.S. Embassy Kolonia, will be in Weno, Chuuk from May 14 to 17 to accept U.S. passport applications and perform other limited consular services, like notaries and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad. Bill will provide these services for U.S. Citizens from 2:00 until 4:00 at the Truk Stop restaurant on Wednesday, May 14. Also, from 4:00 to 5:00 at the Truk Stop, Bill 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.
Temporary Consular Service Closure
From December 19 to January 7, the Consular Section at U.S. Embassy Kolonia will be closed. During this time it will not be possible to receive routine consular services, such as passport renewals or visa interviews, except in emergency situations. Please plan accordingly.
Federal Reserve Issues New $100 Note
The Federal Reserve on Tuesday began supplying financial institutions with a redesigned $100 note that incorporates new security features to deter counterfeiters and help businesses and consumers tell whether a note is genuine.
Distance, demand, and the policies of individual financial institutions will influence how quickly the redesigned notes reach businesses and consumers around the world.
“The new design incorporates security features that make it easier to authenticate, but harder to replicate,” said Federal Reserve Board Governor Jerome H. Powell. “As the new note transitions into daily transactions, the user-friendly security features will allow the public to more easily verify its authenticity.”
The Federal Reserve, U.S. Department of the Treasury, U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and the U.S. Secret Service partner to redesign Federal Reserve notes to stay ahead of counterfeiting threats.
The redesigned $100 note includes two new security features: a blue 3-D security ribbon with images of bells and 100s, and a color-changing bell in an inkwell. The new features, and additional features retained from the previous design, such as a watermark, offer the public a simple way to visually authenticate the redesigned $100 note.
Consumers worldwide are advised that it is not necessary to trade in older-design $100 notes for new ones. It is U.S. government policy that all designs of U.S. currency remain legal tender, regardless of when they were issued.
For more information about the new design $100 note, as well as training and educational materials, visit www.newmoney.gov. The Federal Reserve has also prepared a video explaining the note's new features.
For media inquiries, please call +1-202-452-2955.
U.S. Embassy Consular Officer Charles Thomas is currently visiting Kosrae until October 6.
Thomas will accept new and renewal U.S. Passport applications. Additionally he will assist with processing of applications for extra pages in current U.S. Passports, and Consular Report of Birth Abroad, as well as provide other documentary services. He can also answer general questions about U.S. Citizen Services overseas.
Thomas will provide consular services for American Citizens from 9:00am until 12:00pm at the Kosrae Nautilus Resort on Thursday, October 4. 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.
Visa Processing Fees to Change on April 13, 2012 Effective April 13, 2012, the Department of State will adjust visa processing fees. The fees for most nonimmigrant visa applications and Border Crossing Cards will increase, while all immigrant visa processing fees will decrease.
The Department is required to recover, as far as possible, the cost of processing visas through the collection of application fees. For a number of reasons, the current fees no longer cover the actual cost of processing nonimmigrant visas. The nonimmigrant visa fee increase will support the addition and expansion of overseas facilities, as well as additional staffing required to meet increased visa demand.
Although most categories of nonimmigrant visa processing fees will increase, the fee for E visas (treaty-traders and treaty-investors) and K visas (for fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens) will decrease.
|Type of Visa||Previous Fee||New Fee|
|Tourist, Business, Transit, Crew Member, Student, Exchange Visitor, and Journalist visas||$140||$160|
|Petition-Based visas (H, L, O, P, Q, and R)||$150||$190|
|Treaty Investor and Trader visas (E)||$390||$270|
|Fiancé(e) visas (K)||$350||$240|
|Border Crossing Cards (age 15 and older)||$140||$160|
|Border Crossing Cards (under age 15)||$14||$15|
Because of a reallocation of costs associated with immigrant visas, all categories of immigrant visa processing fees will decrease.
|Type of Visa||Previous Fee||New Fee|
|Immediate Relative and Family Preference Applications||$330||$230|
|Other Immigrant Visa Applications||$305||$220|
|Diversity Visa Program Fee||$440||$330|
|Determining Returning Resident Status||$380||$275|
The proposed fees were published in the Federal Register today, and will take effect in 15 days. To view the interim final rule, visit www.regulations.gov. Comments will be accepted until 60 days after publication. At that time, the Department will consider the public comments, and the published final rule will include the Department’s response to any comments received.
Fee information may also be found on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website, travel.state.gov, and on the websites of U.S. embassies and consulates.
Beginning January 15, 2012, Russian citizens whose purpose of travel meets specific criteria are eligible to be paroled into Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) without a visa. Please consult the following bulletin for further information.
State Department Issues Worldwide Warning. Following the foiled Iran-supported bombing plot, the AP (10/12, Lee) reports, "The State Department is warning Americans around the world of the potential for terrorist attacks against US interests following the exposure of an alleged Iranian plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States. In a new worldwide travel alert issued late Tuesday, the department said the foiled scheme could be a sign that Iran has adopted a 'more aggressive focus' on terrorist activity. It said Iranian-sponsored attacks could include strikes in the United States, where the alleged plot against the Saudi envoy was supposed to have taken place, as well as other countries."
The Department of State has issued an updated Worldwide Caution. U.S. Embassy Kolonia encourages all travelers to take a moment to familiarize themselves with its content.