US Embassy, affiliated offices in PH to close for National Day of Mourning

admin   •   December 4, 2018   •   2183

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MANILA, Philippines — US Embassy and its affiliated offices will be closed on Wednesday (December 5).

Based on the advisory of the embassy, this is due to the commemoration of National Day of Mourning for former President George H.W. Bush in the United States.

The operation is set to be back on Thursday (December 6). — UNTV News & Rescue

US Embassy in PH closed on Sept. 2

Robie de Guzman   •   August 30, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The United States Embassy in the Philippine capital has announced its offices would be closed on Monday, Sept. 2 in observance of Labor Day.

Labor Day in the US is a federal holiday which honors the American labor movement. It is celebrated every first Monday of September.

The Embassy said its regular services will resume on Tuesday, March 13.  

US Embassy on reports Mina Chang is next envoy to PH: ‘Not true’

Robie de Guzman   •   July 10, 2019

US State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary Mina Chang

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.”

US Embassy in PH assures continued visa processing services

Robie de Guzman   •   June 11, 2019

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.

Thanks for your questions about the upcoming closure of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Manila…

Posted by U.S. Embassy in the Philippines on Monday, 10 June 2019

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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