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State Department updates worldwide caution

The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution to provide information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. U.S. citizens are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness. This replaces the Worldwide Caution…

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New Consular Fees

The fee for processing renunciation of U.S. citizenship will increase to $2,350 on September 12, 2014.  For further information on renouncing your U.S. citizenship please see our website here. The following FAQs will help answer any questions that you may have concerning the fee increase. Why is the fee for processing renunciation of U.S. citizenship now $2,350?…

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Federal Benefits Unit – Are you close to Retirement?

Are you close to retirement? Remember, if you have worked in the United States, you can claim Social Security retirement benefits from age 62 provided you meet all the requirements. You will find a wealth of information on our user-friendly website: If are retired, you can apply for benefit online at It is…

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Replacement Social Security Number Cards

Effective June 24, 2013, the US Social Security Administration (SSA) changed its policies on issuing replacement Social Security number (SSN) cards. American citizens and Permanent Resident Aliens will be able to verify their number by presenting valid proof of citizenship or residence status (for example, a US passport or a resident alien card, commonly known…

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Staying safe when travelling in the UK

London has a great public transport system and we want you to be as safe as possible when using it. To help keep yourself and your belongings safe when using public transport follow this helpful advice from the Metropolitan Police: Keep your bags and backpacks zipped; Don’t keep valuable items such as wallets or passports…

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Traveling to European countries in the Schengen Area?

Many travelers destined for one of the 26 European countries in the Schengen area find themselves stranded in the United Kingdom because their passport is not valid for at least 90 days beyond their intended date of departure from the country.  To avoid unintended travel disruptions, it is recommended that passports have at least six months of validity whenever the holder travels…