AMERICAN CITIZEN SERVICES (for South Korea) NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2009

korea_usU.S. State Department, U.S. Embassy Seoul
Consular Section, American Citizen Services (ACS) Newsletter
SEPTEMBER 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 disseminate this message broadly to other U.S. citizens.

In this issue:

1. Next Consular Services Visit to Busan, September 29-30
2. Federal Voting Assistance Program Available on Social Networking Sites
3. IRS Seeking to Enforce Penalty for Failure to Provide SSNs on Passport Applications
4. Seasonal Flu and H1N1 Influenza Information
5. A Message to American Communities and Organizations in Korea
6. Recent Travel Warnings and Alerts
7. Upcoming Embassy Holidays: September 7, 2009 (Labor Day)
8. Embassy Contact Information

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1. Next Consular Services Visit to Busan, September 29-30
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Officials from the Embassy’s American Citizen Services Unit will offer consular services in Busan on September 29–30. Services will be provided at the offices of the American Presence Post in Busan. A Consular Officer will be available on Tuesday, September 29, from 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, September 30, 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, September 29, 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.

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2. Federal Voting Assistance Program Available on Social Networking Sites
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The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) has announced an aggressive communications strategy which includes using social networking sites like Twitter Facebook, and LinkedIn to better inform overseas voters about election updates and voter information. For more news about about FVAP’s communications outreach along with a schedule of U.S. Elections information for 2010, please see FVAP’s September 2008 newsletter.(http://www.fvap.gov/resources/media/sept09vin.pdf)

Useful Links:
Federal Voting Assistance Program Home page: http://www.fvap.gov/vao/vin.html

FVAP on Twitter: http://twitter.com/FVAP

FVAP on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Washington-DC/Federal-Voting-Assistance-Program-DoD/104504438466

FVAP on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/groupRegistration?gid=2154188

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3. IRS Seeking to Enforce Penalty for Failure to Provide SSNs on Passport Applications
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Have you ever omitted your Social Security Number on a passport application? You should be aware that according to Section 6039E of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. S 6039E) all applicants are required to provide their Social Security Number, if they have one, when applying for a U.S. passport or renewing a U.S. passport. The instructions for both passport application forms, the DS-11 and the DS-82 advise passport applicants of the IRS requirement above and the fact that there is a $500 penalty for failure to provide this information enforced by the IRS.

In recent weeks, the IRS has started to send letters to passport applicants, including those overseas who have failed to report their Social Security Numbers on passport applications. Recipients of these letters will be given the opportunity to provide the IRS with Reasonable Cause to avoid having the penalty assessed.

To avoid problems like this, please remember to read all passport application instructions carefully and to prepare all application information prior to applying for a new passport or renewing a passport.

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4. H1N1 Influenza Information
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Information on H1N1 Influenza is constantly being updated. For the latest information on this issue, please remember to regularly check the Department of State’s official webpage on H1N1: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_4493.html

The Korean Government’s website on H1N1, which includes some information in English, is here.

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5. A Message to American Communities and Organizations in Korea
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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. 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: https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/pages/common/CreateAccountStart.aspx following the instructions under “New Organizational User”;
–Send an email to the Embassy at Seoul_ACS@state.gov giving the name of your organization, a point of contact (POC), email address, phone number, and any other contact information. It is not necessary that your POC be an American citizen. The Embassy will use this information to contact your group in an emergency. Please type “Group Contact Info” on the subject line of your email.

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

Worldwide Caution July 29, 2009

H1N1 Flu Outbreak Information

Travel Alerts
Honduras – Political Instability 7/24/2009
Gabon – Political Instability 7/21/2009
Argentina – H1N1 Travel Alert 07/14/2009
China – H1N1 Quarantine Measures 07/09/2009
China – Security Concerns in the City of Urumqi 07/09/2009

Travel Warnings
Kenya 07/24/2009
Afghanistan 07/23/2009
Burundi 07/22/2009
Nigeria 07/17/2009
Haiti 07/17/2009
Iran 07/01/2009

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

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7. Upcoming Embassy Holidays: September 7, 2009 (Labor Day)
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The Embassy will be closed on the following day:

September 7, 2009 (Monday) Observance of Labor Day (U.S. Holiday)

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. It is not unusual for applicants to have a longer wait for consular services on those days.

A complete list of all of our holiday closings for 2009 is available on-line at here.

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8. Embassy Contact Information
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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

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One response to “AMERICAN CITIZEN SERVICES (for South Korea) NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2009

  1. George

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