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In emergency situations, including deaths, arrests and crisis situations involving American citizens, please contact the American Citizens Services section in Apia, Samoa.
The Department of State is committed to ensuring fair and humane treatment for U.S. citizens imprisoned overseas. We stand ready to assist incarcerated citizens and their families within the limits of our authority in accordance with international law, domestic and foreign law.
The Bureau of Consular Affairs will locate and inform the next-of-kin of the U.S. citizen’s death and provides information on how to make arrangements for local burial or return of the remains to the United States. The disposition of remains is subject to U.S. law, local laws of the country where the individual died, U.S. and foreign customs requirements, and the foreign country facilities, which are often vastly different from those in the United States.
If your child has been abducted from the U.S. to Samoa, speak with a U.S. State Department officer to discuss your case. Please contact our office by calling 1-888-407-4747 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The Department of State helps U.S. citizens who are victims of crime overseas. We connect crime victims with police and other services and provide information and resources to assist with physical, emotional, and/or financial injuries from crime.
Are you a U.S. citizen who needs a passport?
Should one of your family members be missing, the Consular Section can assist you in locating them. Should you become concerned about the welfare of a family member, this office can also assist you.
U.S. citizens in need of emergency financial assistance while abroad should first attempt to contact their family, friends, banking institution, or employer. Our American Citizen Services unit can assist in this effort, if necessary.
Use a commercial money transfer service, such as Western Union or MoneyGram., to wire money overseas. Money transfer cost comparison tools online can help you identify the best option. The person receiving the money will need to present proof of identity such as a passport. Link text: Be wary of International Financial Scams.
When the commercial options listed above are not available or feasible, family or friends may send funds via the U.S. Department of State for delivery to a destitute U.S. citizen abroad at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. The U.S. Department of State assesses a $30 fee to establish an account and transfer funds.
Destitute U.S. citizens may be eligible for a loan from the U.S. government to travel to the United States. Repatriation loans must eventually be paid back to the U.S. government. Your U.S. passports will be limited at the time the loan is issued and in most cases you will not be issued a new passport until the loan is paid in full. Contact us for more information.
Consular Affairs (CA) is the public face of the Department of State for millions of people around the world. We provide many services, and the most common are listed below.
The IRS does not maintain a permanent presence in Samoa, and Consular staff are unable to answer inquiries regarding preparation and filing U.S. taxes. Therefore, we must direct all inquiries related to taxation to the IRS.
If you are a U.S. dual citizen or U.S. citizen living outside of the United States, you can register with the Selective Service System.
f you reside in Samoa and have questions regarding services provided by the Social Security Administration (SSA), you must contact the SSA Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) located in the Philippines.
U.S. service members, veterans, and their beneficiaries can apply for benefits on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) website. The Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) may also be able to help veterans and beneficiaries with questions about benefits and services.
New absentee voting laws went into effect in 2012. You will no longer automatically receive ballots based on a previous absentee ballot request. All U.S. citizens outside the United States who want to vote by absentee ballot must complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) every year if they wish to vote from abroad. States are now required to send out ballots 45 days before an election. No matter what state you vote in, you can now ask your local election officials to provide your blank ballots to you electronically (by email, internet download, or fax, depending on your state). You can now also confirm your registration and ballot delivery on-line. Be sure to include your email address on the form to take advantage of the electronic ballot delivery option.
The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the entities or individuals whose names appear on the following lists. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department or the U.S. government. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. The information on the list is provided directly by the local service providers; the Department is not in a position to vouch for such information.Legal Assistance Medical Assistance FBI Clearance
Persons resident in or visiting Samoa who require assistance from a U.S. diplomatic mission should contact the U.S. Embassy in Apia, Samoa, 5th Flr ACC Bldg Matafele, telephone: (685) 21631, fax: (685) 22030, email: ApiaConsular@state.gov.
The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the entities or individuals whose names appear on the following lists. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department or the U.S. government. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. The information the list is provided directly by the local service providers; the Department is not in a position to vouch for such information. The U.S. Government assumes no responsibility for payment of medical expenses for private individuals. The U.S. Social Security or Medicare programs do not provide coverage for hospital or medical costs outside the United States.
Please note: The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the entities or individuals whose names appear on the following lists. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department or the U.S. government. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. The information on the list is provided directly by the local service providers; the Department is not in a position to vouch for such information.
Every child benefits from a loving home in deeply profound ways. Intercountry adoption has made this permanently possible for hundreds of thousands of children worldwide. When children cannot remain with a relative, and new parents within their communities cannot be found, intercountry adoption opens another pathway to children to receive the care, security, and love that a permanent family can provide.
If you have a child outside the United States the child may have acquired U.S. citizenship at birth if the requirements under the Immigration and Nationality Act have been met as of the time of your child’s birth. To determine whether your child acquired U.S. citizenship at birth and to document that, you can apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) for your child. You may also choose to just apply for a U.S. passport for your child, although one benefit of a CRBA is that, unlike the U.S. passport, it does not expire and may be used as proof of acquisition of U.S. citizenship at birth. A full validity, unexpired U.S. passport is also proof of U.S. citizenship.
U.S. embassy and consulate personnel cannot perform marriages. Depending on the local law, civil or religious officials generally perform marriages. If your marriage overseas was performed in accordance with local law, it is valid in the country where it took place. Whether your marriage is recognized elsewhere depends on the laws of that place.
If you get married abroad and need to know if your marriage will be recognized in the United States and what documentation may be needed, contact the office of the Attorney General of your state of residence in the United States.
As U.S. citizen parent(s), you should report your child’s birth abroad as soon as possible to the U.S. Embassy to establish an official record of the child’s claim to U.S. citizenship at birth. The official record will be the Consular Report of Birth Abroad, Form FS-240 which is a basic United States citizenship document.
Welcome to the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Apia, Samoa. The American Citizens Services Unit provides a range of services to U.S. citizens in Samoa, including but not limited to passport services, Consular Reports of Births and Deaths Abroad, and Notarial services. In emergency situations, including deaths, arrests and crisis situations involving American citizens, please contact the ACS section.
The U.S. Embassy in Apia provides limited U.S. consular services in Samoa. The consular section of the U.S. Embassy in Apia is under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Consulate in Auckland, NZ. Some of the links provided in this site will revert to the relevant information on the U.S Consulate in Auckland’s U.S. citizen passport page.
Learn more about the things you need to know when attempting to schedule an appointment at Embassy Apia for U.S. Citizen related services.
Staying alert is our primary defense against attack. A person who is attentive and observant is less likely to fall victim to criminal activity than someone who is unaware of his or her surroundings.
All documents submitted in support of an application must be originals (unless otherwise advised), and will be returned to the applicant. We are unable to accept photocopies or copies certified by a Justice of the Peace or Notary Public. Official written translations are required for documents issued in languages other than English.
Get more information regarding filing a disposition of remains report using this reference.
Visit our online calendar for available appointment dates on upcoming visa week/s https://ws.usembassy.gov/visas/
It Depends. Visit our Visa page to see if you qualify for the Visa waiver Program. https://ws.usembassy.gov/visas/
The Embassy does not provide walk-in information for Non-Immigrant and Immigrant Visa services. If you cannot find the required information in our website please refer any inquiries to the ApiaConsular@state.gov email.
Find out how to renew your passport here https://ws.usembassy.gov/services/
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of participating countries to travel to the United States without a visa for stays of 90 days or less/ See if you qualify https://ws.usembassy.gov/visa-waiver-program/
Here are our contact details https://ws.usembassy.gov/contact/
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