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Worldwide Caution
 
The Department of State has updated the Worldwide Caution to provide information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. U.S. citizens are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness. This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated April 10, 2014.
  
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LATEST EMBASSY NEWS AND EVENTS

  • U.S. Embassy Statement on Reports of Suspect Moved to Philippine Military Base

    October 22, 2014, Manila. The U.S. Embassy in Manila is aware of reports that an individual allegedly involved in the October 11 death of Jennifer (also known as “Jeffrey”) Laude, was moved from the USS PELELIU to Camp Aguinaldo, a Philippine military base located in Quezon City where the suspect will be held under U.S. custody. In accordance with the U.S.-Philippine Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), the United States has a right to retain custody of a suspect from the commission of the alleged offense until completion of all judicial proceedings.  Read more »

  • U.S. Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg Participates in Remembrance Ceremony of 70th anniversary of Leyte Gulf Landing

    Manila, October 21, 2014 -- On October 20, 2014, as part of the commemoration of the liberation of the Philippines during WWII, U.S. Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg participated in the Government of Leyte's annual remembrance ceremony of U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur’s October 20, 1944 Leyte Gulf Landing, marking the 70th anniversary of that landing.  Read more »

  • Secretary of State John Kerry's Remarks With Philippine Foreign Secretary del Rosario Before Their Meeting

    The people of the Philippines who are gracious enough to permit an arrangement whereby we meet mutual interests with this kind of a force's presence need to know that we're not seeking a special privilege, that everybody's rights will be appropriately protected. And that's exactly what we will do here. Due process will play out, and we will work with the Philippines in order to make certain that rule of law and the agreement are upheld.  Read Secretary Kerry's full remarks here »

  • US Trade Events Bring Innovative Food and Agricultural Brands to the Philippines

    Manila, October 21, 2014 -- The Western United States Agricultural Trade Association (WUSATA) is pleased to present new products at a U.S. trade buying mission in Manila, October 20-21, 2014. The event will highlight Western food and agricultural exporters, introducing their businesses to the Philippines, a growing market for American goods. In addition, the U.S. Embassy will provide a market briefing, followed by business-to-business meetings, a product showcase, and trade reception on October 22. The event is held in conjunction with the recent Food Ingredients Trade Show in Jakarta.  Read more »

  • U.S. Embassy Continues to Cooperate

    The United States continues to fully cooperate and collaborate with Philippine authorities in all aspects of the case concerning the death of Jennifer Laude. Last week, City Prosecutors met with four witnesses and swore them to their statements in accordance with Philippine law, satisfying the requirements of the City Prosecutor and the "make available" language of the U.S. - Philippine Visiting Forces Agreement. The witnesses will not appear on Tuesday, as they have already met their current legal obligations. In accordance with the VFA, the witnesses will be made available for the trial. Whether the suspect will appear on Tuesday is a decision that the suspect will make in consultation with Philippine legal counsel, in accordance with Philippine law. We refer you to that counsel for details.   »

  • Embassy Statement on Olongapo Incident

    October 14, 2014, Manila -- The United States Embassy in Manila expresses its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Jeffrey Laude, also known as Jennifer. A U.S. Marine has been identified as a possible suspect in the ongoing investigation. The suspected Marine is assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He is being held onboard USS Peleliu while a joint Naval Criminal Investigative Service and Philippine National Police investigation is conducted. The United States will continue to fully cooperate with Philippine law enforcement authorities in every aspect of the investigation. For media inquiries, please contact U.S. Embassy Assistant Information Officer Anna Richey at Richey-AllenAE1@state.gov.  Read more »

  • U.S. Helps Families Near Mayon Volcano

    October 08, 2014 -- The U.S. government has provided Php4.4 million to assist displaced families affected by the Mayon Volcano in Albay province. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology placed Mayon Volcano under Alert Level 3, which prompted the Provincial Government of Albay to evacuate more than 12,000 families living within the six-kilometer radius permanent danger zone.  Read more »

  • U.S. Continues Relief and Reconstruction Work in Yolanda-Hit Areas

    October 7, 2014, Tacloban City – Nearly 11 months after Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) devastated the Philippines, the U.S. government continues to partner with the Philippines on recovery and rebuilding efforts. Last week, U.S. Embassy Manila’s United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Gloria D. Steele led the turnover of two school buildings at the Tacloban National Agricultural School (TNAS). The schools—containing ten of the more than 165 classrooms to be built by the U.S. government in the Philippines—are designed to withstand winds up to 360 kilometers per hour and an 8.5 earthquake.  Read more »

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

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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