MANILA, Philippines – The United States Embassy on Wednesday belied reports that a US State Department deputy assistant secretary has been appointed as America’s next ambassador to the Philippines.
In a statement, the US Embassy said reports on Mina Chang’s alleged appointment to replace current envoy Sung Kim is false.
“We’ve seen this claim. It is not true,” the Embassy said.
It added that in September 2018, the White House announced US President Donald Trump’s intent to nominate Mina Chang to be an Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development for the Bureau of Asia.
The nomination was referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in January 2019.
“There have been no additional White House announcements regarding her nomination to the USAID position,” the Embassy said.
According to the website of the US State Department, Harvard-educated Chang is currently assigned to its Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations.
Her profile stated that the 32-year old Korean-American diplomat has “extensive on the ground experience in conflict areas such as in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Nigeria and the Philippines.
Before assuming government position, Chang was the chief executive officer of the non-government organization Linking the World.
She is also an advocate of global education and pushes for “proactive stabilization as a strategic tool of foreign engagement and an investment in a stronger America abroad.”
The United States (US) Embassy in the Philippines on Tuesday (June 11) assured that all visa processing services at the embassy will continue despite the closure of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) field office in Manila starting next month.
“There will be no change in visa processing at the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines. Immigrant and non-immigrant visas will continue to be processed at the Embassy,” the U.S. Embassy said in a post on Facebook.
The U.S. Embassy also assured there would be no change in services previously offered by the USCIS field office in Manila. Its offices, including the Consular Section, will also remain open.
“The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, including its Consular Section, remains open. For more information on services offered by the U.S. Embassy, visit: ph.usembassy.gov,” it said.
“The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines will assume responsibility for certain limited services previously provided by the Manila USCIS field office. All other services will be transitioned to electronic processing or performer domestically in the United States,” it added.
The I-130 petition can be filed by mail with the USCIS lockbox facility in Chicago, Illinois. It also provided new instructions for individuals who were previously assisted by the office.
The U.S. Embassy earlier announced that the USCIS will close its Manila field office due to insufficient workload. It stopped accepting petitions for family visa, foreign adoptions and citizenship last May 31.
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