In a life or death emergency. What should I do?
During business hours telephone the U.S. Embassy: + 21631, 21436, 22696 or 21452; press 0 for the operator or extension 2222 and leave a message. We are located on the 5th floor of the ACC Building, Matafele, Apia Samoa
After Hours: + 7771776 and leave a message, the Duty Officer will return your call.
If I have Dual Nationality which passport should I use to enter the US?
Section 215 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1185) requires U.S. citizens to use U.S. passports when entering or leaving the United States unless one of the exceptions listed in Section 53.2 of Title 22 of the Code of Federal Regulations applies. Dual nationals may be required by the other country of which they are citizens to enter and leave that country using its passport, but do not endanger their U.S. citizenship by complying with such a requirement. For more information on Dual Nationality please visit travel.state.gov.
Can you please tell me about the new U.S. electronic passport?
The U.S. e-passport will have a new look, incorporating additional anti-fraud and security features.
Where do I get a passport application?
Which application form do I use?
How long does it take for a passport to be processed?
It generally takes between 3 – 4 weeks to process a passport application.
If I renew my passport, do I get the old one back?
Yes, we return the old, cancelled passport to you. It is a good idea to keep it in a safe place as it is considered proof of your U.S. citizenship.
How soon should I renew my passport before it expires?
You may renew your passport any time before or after it expires. Because your passport is required to be valid for at least six (6) months beyond your stay when you travel to certain foreign countries, you may need to renew your passport before it expires. If your passport was issued 15 years or more prior to your application for a new passport, additional forms, supporting documents and fees may be required.
I have a Samoan Residency Permit or Samoan Work Permit in my passport. How do I get this transferred to my new passport?
You will need to contact the Samoan Immigration Department to transfer your permits into your new passport.
I was recently married/divorced. How do I change my name on my passport?
Who should maintain a valid U.S. passport?
It is recommended that the following U.S. citizens maintain valid U.S. passports:
- Those with family living or traveling abroad
- Those thinking about a vacation abroad
- Those with a job that could require international travel
In the event of an emergency involving a family member abroad, a short-notice airfare bargain, or an unexpected business trip, already having a valid U.S. passport will save time, money and stress.
Is it true that passport applications for minors under 16 require the consent of both parents or legal guardians?
Public Law 106-113, Section 236 requires that U.S. passport applications for children under the age of 16 require both parents’ or legal guardians’ consent.
If only one parent/guardian can appear and sign the child's passport application, what do I do?
If one parent appears and signs he/she must submit the second parent’s notarized Statement of Consent Form DS-3053, authorizing passport issuance for the child or submit a notarized, written statement of consent from the non-appearing parent together with parental identification for the appearing parent.
How do I get a certified copy of my birth certificate?
I was born outside the United States. How do I get a birth certificate proving my U.S. citizenship?
If one or both of your parents was a U.S. citizen when you were born abroad, your parent(s) should have registered your birth at a U.S. embassy or consulate, and, received a Child’s Birth Abroad. This form is acceptable legal proof of birth and U.S. citizenship. The official document will be a FS240 certificate.
What do I do if there is no birth record on file for me?
If you were born in the U.S. and there is no birth record on file, you will need several different documents to substantiate your citizenship. You will need:
- A letter from the Vital Statistics office of the state of your birth with your name and the years that were searched for your birth record with no record found.
- You will need early public records to prove your birth in the U.S.
Applying for a U.S. Passport from Outside the United States
Applying for a U.S. passport while outside the United States is a different process from applying for a U.S. passport while inside the United States. Although the application forms, supporting documentation, costs and finished products are the same everywhere, each U.S. Embassy and Consulate has different procedures for submitting and processing your final documents. Listed below is information you should know when applying for a U.S. passport while outside the United States.
Can I call the toll-free number for passport information (National Passport Information Center) from outside the United States?
No, that number is meant to answer questions for passport customers applying in the United States. If you have questions while you are outside the U.S., your Embassy or Consulate is the best source of information. Check their website for their best contact information, and contact them via phone or email.
Can I apply for a passport card while outside the United States?
You can apply for a passport card while outside of the United States at the same time you apply for a book, or separately, but the passport card is only valid for travel by land or sea to Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean region. The passport card cannot be used for air travel.
Are all the "evidence of citizenship" and "evidence of identity" sections applicable to me?
Yes, these requirements are the same no matter where you apply. You still need to provide acceptable evidence of U.S. citizenship and identity.
Can I pay with a personal check or money order outside the United States?
Outside of the U.S. the acceptable methods of payment are different. The U.S. Embassy is Apia, Samoa only accepts payment in cash either in U.S. dollars or Samoan tala.