U.S. State Dept increasing consular fees July 13
I get regular updates from the State Department for travel warnings, news, job openings, etc. They have great resources for those living and travelling abroad. One service I recommend to Americans is the travel registry so that you can register your itineraries with emergency contact information, in case you need to be contacted abroad and you need help from the U.S. government, etc. Think natural disasters, terrorist attacks, crime, etc. It takes 10 min to create a profile, well worth it. Then you can log-in and update itineraries.
But these tools are financed by other services. Consular fees in particular, for passports, visas, etc. Below is an email I just received talking about increases in charges starting July 13. Just wanted to let my American readers know, as well as those planning on traveling to the U.S.
United States Embassy
New Schedule of Consular Fees to Take Effect on July 13, 2010
In June 28, 2010, the Department of State published its Schedule of Fees for Consular Services in the Federal Register. The schedule includes fees for passports, immigrant visas and other consular services.
The 27 adjusted fees are based on a Cost of Service Study completed by the Bureau of Consular Affairs in June 2009. The study, which was the most detailed and exhaustive ever conducted by the U.S. Department of State, established the true cost of providing these consular services, which the Department recovers through the collection of fees.
New Schedule of Fees for Consular Services
U.S. Passport Applications and Other Service Fees
· The total charge for an adult passport book renewal, including the application fee and
security surcharge, will increase from $75 to $110.
· The total charge for a minor passport book (age 16 and under), including the application fee,
security surcharge and execution fee, will increase from $85 to $105.
· The total charge for a first-time passport book for an adult, including the application fee,
security surcharge and execution fee, will increase from $100 to $135.
Other Passport Service Fees
· Additional visa pages fee will be $82.
A complete schedule of passport fees for passport books and cards may be found at this State Department website page.
· Providing notarial services has increased from $30 to $50 for the first service; each
additional seal has increased from $20 to $50.
Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States
· The fee for the report of birth will increase from $65 to $100.
Immigrant Visa Fees (IV)
The Department is increasing most immigrant visa (IV) processing fees based on results of the cost of service study and also establishing multiple fees. For more information see the State Department website page on consular fees.
The U.S. Embassy in Paris can be reached at 01-43-12-22-22 during regular hours and for after-hours emergencies. Our website address is http://france.usembassy.gov. For the latest security information, Americans living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs internet website at http://travel.state.gov, where the current Country Specific Information, Current Travel Warning, Current Travel Alerts, Worldwide Caution, and other Travel Alerts and Travel Warnings can be found.
Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada; or, for callers outside the U.S. 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).
United States Embassy
American Citizen Services Unit
4, avenue Gabriel
75382 Paris Cedex 08
Telephone in France: 01 43 12 22 22
Telephone from U.S.: (011 33) 1 43 12 22 22
Country Specific Information is available for every country of the world. These pages include such information as location of the U.S. embassy or consulate in the subject country, unusual immigration practices, health conditions, minor political disturbances, unusual currency and entry regulations, crime and security information, and drug penalties. We strongly encourage visitors and persons residing in France to refer to the U.S. Department of State Country Specific Information Sheet for France and Monaco at the following webpage: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1116.html.
Your U.S. Passport
Remember to renew your passport and your children’s passports in a timely manner for departure from France. It takes at least one to two weeks to receive a new passport, and you may need to schedule an appointment with our office, so plan ahead if you are traveling soon. Information on passport services is available on our website at http://france.usembassy.gov/passports.html. Important note: the Immigration and Nationality Act (U.S. C. 1185 (b) requires that U.S. citizens enter and depart the United States on U.S. passports.
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