Monthly Archives: February 2016

Absentee Voting

Overseas citizen voters face a specific set of challenges while voting absentee. Here we will provide you the information and contacts you need to successfully cast an absentee ballot.

FVAP encourages the use of the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to start the absentee voting process. The FPCA acts as both a registration and absentee ballot request form. FVAP encourages all overseas citizens to submit a new FPCA every year and when they move.

Never Resided in the U.S.?

In some States, U.S. citizens, 18 years or older, who were born abroad but have never resided in the United States, are eligible to vote absentee. Click here to find out more.

Top 10 Expat Troubles and How to Deal with Them

Everyone can handle the expat lifestyle when it’s filled with famous international landmarks, breathtaking cultural experiences, and charming local children giving you presents. But what to do when your dacaraccidenty hits the skids and you’re far from home? Last month I had the chance to find out (not once, but four times), which inspired me to come up with today’s list: the Top 10 Troubles you will face overseas and how to deal with them. I’ve faced every single one of them myself.

Important Information About Your American Passport

Extra Visa Pages no Longer Issued Effective January 1, 2016

Are you running out of visa pages? Apply for a new passport now – renewal takes 2- 3 weeks. For more information, click here.

Emergency passports can usually be issued the next business day.  For more information, click here.

Previously, U.S. passport hpassport2olders had the option to pay for the insertion of additional 24-page visa inserts when valid passports lacked adequate space for entry or exit visa stamps. The decision to discontinue this service was made to enhance the security of the passport and to abide by international passport standards.

Beginning January 1, 2016, applicants in need of additional pages in their valid passports must obtain a new passport. To mitigate the impact on frequent travelers, the Department began issuing 52-page passports to all applicants outside the United States starting October 1, 2014 for no additional cost. Applicants within the United States may choose a 28-page or 52-page book.