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.
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|
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.
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