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  • Youth Join US Government’s New Southeast Asian Initiative

    Manila, October 1, 2014 --- One hundred and fifty people gathered last night for the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Networking Night at A_Space in Makati, sponsored by the U.S. Embassy. The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) is a White House initiative designed to promote leadership skills, stimulate ASEAN networking, and deepen engagement on key regional and global challenges. The United States Embassy in Manila organized the event to introduce the new initiative to Filipino youth and encourage them to become a member. Chargé d'Affaires, a.i. Brian L. Goldbeck welcomed the guests and opened the event with an overview of YSEALI.   Read more »

  • U.S. Priorities in East Asia and the Pacific

    ASSISTANT SECRETARY RUSSEL: Hello, everyone. Good afternoon. Thanks for coming here in New York and thanks to our friends at the Foreign Press Center in Washington, D.C. I’m Danny Russel, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. It has been action-packed week of U.S.-Asia engagement here in New York by President Obama, by Vice President Biden, by Secretary Kerry, and on down the chain. And we’ve been working on America’s and the world’s most pressing challenges.  Read more »

  • USS Halsey to Arrive in Subic Bay

    Manila, September 29, 2014 -- USS Halsey (DDG 97), an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, will arrive in Subic Bay today for a routine port call that highlights the strong historic, community and military connections between the Philippines and the United States.  Read more »

  • US Embassy Hosts Legal Education Forum in Mindanao

    Manila, September 29, 2014. As part of the U.S. Embassy Manila’s ongoing support to the Legal Aid Program in Mindanao (LEAP-Mindanao), forty participants from law schools, civil society organizations, and government agencies across Mindanao gathered in Opol, Misamis Oriental, to discuss clinical legal education. Participants drafted a series of policy recommendations for the government to consider.  Read more »

  • USS Peleliu and Germantown Arrive to Participate in Amphibious Landing Exercise 15

    Manila, September 27, 2014 -- The USS Peleliu (LHA 5), an amphibious assault ship, and the USS Germantown (LSD 42), an amphibious dock landing ship of the U.S. 7th Fleet, arrived at Subic Bay Freeport today to participate in this year’s Amphibious Landing Exercise 15. PHIBLEX 15, a bilateral annual military exercise, will take place throughout Luzon and Palawan from September 29 to October 10. During the exercise, the Peleliu and Germantown will support Philippine and U.S. troops in amphibious-operations training designed to strengthen military responses to regional issues, humanitarian disasters, and maritime-security needs within the Asia-Pacific region.   Read more »

  • USS Frank Cable to Arrive in Subic Bay

    Manila, September 25, 2014 -- USS Frank Cable (AS 40), a ship that provides repairs and support to submarines, will arrive in Subic Bay today. The routine port call highlights the strong partnerships between the Philippines and the United States. This visit will allow the ship to replenish supplies and give the crew an opportunity for rest and relaxation. While in Subic Bay, the sailors of USS Frank Cable are eager to enjoy Olongapo City and strengthen their understanding of a country with deep historical ties to the United States and the U.S. Navy.   Read more »

  • U.S. Government Works with Leyte Water Service Providers to Improve Efficiency and Resiliency

    Ormoc City, September 22-25, 2014 -- The U.S. government and the provincial government of Leyte hosted two conferences this week to improve service delivery and build climate change resilience. More than 180 participants from Leyte province water districts and small-scale water service providers (WSPs) attended the events organized by U.S. Embassy Manila’s United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through its Water Security for Resilient Economic Growth and Stability (Be Secure) Project. Be Secure aims to increase access to sustainable water supply and wastewater treatment services and strengthen climate resilience in six focal areas including Leyte Province.  Read more »

  • U.S. Provides Silliman University with State-of-the-Art Education Facility

    Manila, September 25, 2014 -- The U.S. government, through U.S. Embassy Manila’s United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is awarding Silliman University a new state-of-the-art school building, which will enhance the quality of education offered by one of Dumaguete’s premier educational institutions. USAID’s Office of the American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (USAID/ASHA) gave a Php21.5 million ($500,000 USD) grant to Silliman University through the United Board of Christian Higher Education in Asia to expand the university’s Intensive Care Unit Simulation Laboratory and facilities.  Read more »

 

Effective September 12, 2014, the Department of State will adjust processing fees for some consular services.  The fee for processing an application for Renunciation of U.S. Citizenship is increasing to reflect the true cost of providing this service.  The fees for most categories of immigrant visas will change, while fees for nonimmigrant visas largely remain the same.  

Documenting a U.S. citizen's renunciation of citizenship is extremely costly, requiring U.S. consular officers overseas to spend substantial amounts of time to accept, process, and adjudicate cases.  The fee for processing renunciation of citizenship, which had previously been subsidized, is now reflective of the true cost.

For immigrant visa processing, the fee for family-sponsored immigrant visas will increase, as will the fee for domestic review of an Affidavit of Support.  All other immigrant and special visa processing fees that are changing will decrease.

Although most categories of nonimmigrant visa processing fees will remain the same, the fee for E visas (treaty-traders and treaty-investors) will decrease and the fee for K visas (for fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens) will increase.

For more information about specific fee changes, please visit the American Citizen Services, Immigrant Visa, and Nonimmigrant Visa pages at the following links:

Additional information on changes on visa fees may be found on the Department of State’s website, http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/fees/fees-visa-services.html

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