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    Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Networking Night

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    5th Kapihan sa Embahada: Highlighting U.S.-Philippines Partnership on Environment and Climate Change

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    U.S. Embassy Manila Organizes 3rd Regional Media Seminar

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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

  • 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 »

  • Music Diplomacy at its Best: U.S. Embassy Brings Hip-hop Group Dangerflow to the Philippines

    Manila, October 7, 2014 –The U.S. Embassy in Manila, through the U.S. Department of State’s American Music Abroad Program, has brought Florida hip-hop group Dangerflow to the Philippines. Over the weekend, the socially conscious group performed a series of mall shows at Robinsons Manila and SM North EDSA. Dangerflow showcased its unique sound with Filipino rapper Loonie, a former crew member of the late master-rapper Francis Magalona.  Read more »

  • 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 »

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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