US Embassy information for Expats in the Republic of Korea May 2009

If you liked the post, y not bookmark it by clicking any of the below icons:
add to del.icio.us :: Add to Blinkslist :: add to furl :: Digg it :: add to ma.gnolia :: Stumble It! :: add to simpy :: seed the vine :: :: :: TailRank

U.S. State Department, U.S. Embassy Seoul
Consular Section, American Citizen Services (ACS) Newsletter
May 2009

The U.S. Embassy is transmitting the following monthly newsletter via its warden system as a public service to U.S. citizens in the Republic of Korea. Please feel free to disseminate this message to U.S. citizens in your organizations or to other Americans you know.

In this issue:

1. Influenza Outbreak Information
2. Next Consular Services Visit to Busan, May 20-21
3. Korean Act on Treatment of Foreigners
4. Association for Teachers of English in Korea
5. A Message to American Communities and Organizations in Korea
6. Recent Travel Warnings and Alerts
7. Upcoming Embassy Holidays: May 1, 5, and 25
8. Embassy Contact Information

———————————
1. Influenza Outbreak Information
———————————

For up-to-date information about H1N1 flu (formerly known as swine flu), including steps you can take to stay healthy, please consult the
Department of State information at
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_pandemic.h
tml, the United States Centers for Disease Control
website at http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu, and the World Health Organization website at
http://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/en/index.html.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) has an English-language website at http://www.cdc.go.kr/kcdchome/. The specific pages on H1N1 influenza are currently available only in Korean at: http://www.cdc.go.kr/kcdchome/jsp/diseasedic/dic/DISEDIC0001Detail.jsp?menuid=512088&contentid=9215&boardid=null&appid=kcdcdz01&pageNum=null&sub=null&tabinx=1&q_had01=A&q_had02=2009&idxType=0&idxNum=3.

[MORE DETAILS below]
—————————————————
2. Next Consular Services Visit to Busan, May 20-21
—————————————————

Officials from the Embassy’s American Citizen Services Unit will offer consular services in Busan on May 20-21. Services will be provided at the offices of the American Presence Post in Busan. A Consular Officer will be available on Wednesday, May 20, from 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. and on Thursday, May 21, from 9:00 a.m.–noon at the American Presence Post, Lotte Gold Rose Building (also known as the Job Center Building), #150-3, Yangjung-dong, Busanjin-gu, Room No. 612.

American citizens will be able to apply for U.S. passports, additional visa pages in their current passports, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, and Social Security cards. Consular officers will also offer notarial services and provide information regarding voting, federal benefits, and registration with the Embassy.

Any questions about requirements, particularly for Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, should be directed by email to seoul_acs@state.gov. Please allow at least three days for a response.

If you plan to visit the ACS Unit in Busan, we strongly urge you to consult the website at http://www.asktheconsul.org for more information on our consular services and to ensure that you bring the proper forms (filled out in advance) and fees with you. In addition to bringing original supporting documents (i.e., birth certificate, passport, Certificate of Naturalization), please bring photocopies of all documents you plan to submit. There will not be a photocopier available on-site.

If you notify us prior to 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19, we can add pages to your passport in Busan while you wait. Please complete form DS-4085, which can be downloaded at:
http://foia.state.gov/FORMS/Passport/DS4085.pdf. Write “Busan – Extra Pages” at the top of the completed form, include a copy of your passport’s personal data page (the page with your photo), and fax it to our office in Seoul at (02) 397-4101. Alternatively, you can email us your request. Be sure to attach clearly scanned copies of both your DS-4085 form and your passport’s data page. Email it to Seoul_ACS@state.gov and put “RESEND: BUSAN EXTRA PAGES” in the subject line. Please note that additional pages cannot be added to one-year emergency passports or to damaged passports. There is no charge for this service. Additional information about adding pages is available on our website: http://korea.usembassy.gov/add_pages.html.

The Busan APP’s website is: http://busan.usconsulate.gov.

—————————————-
3. Korean Act on Treatment of Foreigners
—————————————-

The Korean government has released an English translation of the Act on the Treatment of Foreigners in Korea. For the text, please see the Ministry of Government Legislation’s website at:
http://www.moleg.go.kr/lawinfo/engLawInfo?pstSeq=47161&searchCondition=UsrDef2&searchKeyword=foreign.

————————————————
4. Association for Teachers of English in Korea
————————————————

ATEK, the Association for Teachers of English in Korea, announced its official launching on March 12. The association aims to represent non-citizen teachers of English in Korea. The group’s press release is found at: http://ateknews.wordpress.com/2009/03/12/non-citizen-english-teachers-find-voice/.

The ATEK website home page is http://atek.or.kr/.

—————————————————————
5. A Message to American Communities and Organizations in Korea
—————————————————————

The Embassy encourages all schools, business groups, churches, private companies, and other organizations with a nucleus of American citizens to make sure that the Embassy has a point of contact for your group. Here is what you can do to ensure that your group is kept fully informed by the Embassy:
–Sign your group up at http://asktheconsul.org/ to receive this newsletter and Embassy warden messages through your group’s generic email address;
–If you have a group that will be in Korea for a fixed period of time, register them at travelregistration.state.gov, following the instructions under “New Organizational User”;
–Send a quick email to the Embassy at Seoul_ACS@state.gov giving us the name of your organization, a point of contact (even if the person is not an American), email address, phone number, and any other contact information. The Embassy could use this information to contact your group in an emergency or if email systems are not working. Just type “Group Contact Info” on the subject line of your email to us, and we’ll add the information to our database.

————————————
6. Recent Travel Warnings and Alerts
————————————

The U.S. Department of State has recently issued travel warnings or travel alerts for the following countries and regions:

Swine Flu Outbreak Information
http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_4488.html

Central African Republic 04/01/2009
Colombia 03/25/2009
Georgia 04/09/2009
Mexico 04/27/2009
Sudan 04/08/2009
Yemen 04/24/2009

For additional information about these travel warnings and alerts, please go to this site:

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html

———————————————-
7. Upcoming Embassy Holidays: May 1, 5, and 25
———————————————-

The U.S. Embassy will be closed on:

May 1 (Fri) Labor Day
May 5 (Tue) Orininal (Children’s Day)
May 25 (Mon) Memorial Day

Please be advised that the days just before and after a holiday are usually exceptionally busy in the American Citizen Services Unit of the Embassy. Do not be surprised at a significantly longer wait for consular services on those days. If you visit us outside those times, you should have a shorter wait.

A complete list of all of our holiday closings for 2009 is available on-line at http://seoul.usembassy.gov/holidays.html.

——————————-
8. Embassy Contact Information
——————————-

American Citizen Services
U.S. Embassy Seoul
32, Sejongno, Jongno-gu
Seoul 110-710, Korea

– or –

American Citizen Services
U.S. Embassy, Seoul
Unit #15550
APO AP 96205-5550

Tel: 02-397-4114
Fax: 02-397-4101
DSN: 721-4114
English: http://www.asktheconsul.org/
Korean: http://www.usavisas.org/
E-mail: seoul_acs@state.gov

===========

The U.S. Embassy in Seoul is transmitting the following information through the Embassy’s warden system as a public service to all U.S. citizens in the Republic of Korea. Please disseminate this message to U.S. citizens in your organizations or to other Americans you know.

This Warden Message alerts U.S. citizens to the latest
information regarding human cases of H1N1 Influenza A,
formerly known as swine flu.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) have stated that laboratory testing on a Korean citizen who recently returned from Mexico is “presumptive” for H1N1 flu virus infection. The KCDC will provide samples to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control for further analysis to confirm the origins of the virus. Several more persons who recently traveled to Mexico or the United States are currently being tested for possible infection.

The Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Family Affairs (MHWFA) is intensifying screening at Incheon Airport and all other international ports of entry. Infrared thermal scanners have been set up to monitor the body temperatures of all arriving international passengers.

The Republic of Korea has designated Mexico a “travel restricted area,” advising citizens to cancel or delay trips there. There are no restrictions on entry to Korea from any particular destination.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) have an English-language website at http://www.cdc.go.kr/kcdchome/. The specific pages on H1N1 influenza are currently available only in Korean at: http://www.cdc.go.kr/kcdchome/jsp/diseasedic/dic/DISEDIC0001Detail.jsp?menuid=512088&contentid=9215&boardid=null&appid=kcdcdz01&pageNum=null&sub=null&tabinx=1&q_had01=A&q_had02=2009&idxType=0&idxNum=3

For further information about H1N1 flu in English, including steps you can take to stay healthy, please consult the
Department of State information at
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_pandemic.h
tml, the United States Centers for Disease Control
website at http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu, and the World
Health Organization website at
http://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/en/index.html.
For additional travel safety information, please consult
the State Department’s website at http://www.travel.state.gov.

If you did not receive this message directly via the U.S. Embassy’s warden email system, we encourage you, as an American living or traveling in South Korea, to register with the Embassy through the State Department’s travel registration website, https://travelregistration.state.gov. Americans without internet access may register in person at the Embassy. Registration is a voluntary way of telling us that you, as an American citizen, are in Korea, whether for a long-term stay or for a short visit. In the event of an emergency, we use registration information to communicate with you. This could include a family emergency in which relatives in the United States request that the Embassy contact you. Registration also automatically signs you up to receive our emailed monthly newsletter and periodic warden messages about safety, security, and other topics, such as voting.

If you choose not to register, you may still subscribe to our email warden message system simply by providing your email address on the Embassy’s website at http://www.asktheconsul.org.

For the latest security information worldwide, Americans should regularly monitor the State Department’s website at http://www.travel.state.gov, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts can be found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the Unites States, or, for callers from outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

1 Comment

Filed under Announcements, Korea life, Politics, USA

One response to “US Embassy information for Expats in the Republic of Korea May 2009

  1. Adam Reed

    I’m an American citizen that was born in Korea. My father was in the U.S. Army and now i am having a hard time getting my birth certificate. I paid a 30$ fee for it and it’s been months!! This is not fair because it’s a pain in the butt trying to get it.What can i do? PLEASE HELP

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s