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Re: AIT Announcements Thread

Postby jlick » 04 Oct 2013, 13:44

This emergency message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Taiwan that the Joint Typhoon Warning Center and the Taiwan Central Weather Bureau are tracking Tropical Storm FITOW across the Western Pacific. At this time, the storm is expected to pass by northern Taiwan this weekend, but the storm’s path may shift in the coming days. The storm is projected to strengthen over the next few days and become a category 1 typhoon with winds up to 110 mph and gusts up to 132mph. Heavy rain and strong winds can be expected across the entire island.



We will continue to monitor Tropical Storm FITOW’s track and will issue updated messages as needed. Please monitor the storm’s track by listening to the radio, watching television, or monitoring Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau website (http://www.cwb.gov.tw/eng/index.htm) in English. International Community Radio Taipei (ICRT) provides regular weather bulletins in English on 100.7 FM in the Taipei and Kaohsiung areas and on 100.1 FM in Taichung. Locate shelter, monitor media reports, and follow all official instructions. Carry your travel documents at all times (e.g. U.S. passport, birth certificate, picture ID’s, etc.) or secure them in a safe, waterproof location. You should also contact friends and family in the United States with updates on your whereabouts.



Additional information on hurricanes and storm preparedness may be found on our “Hurricane/Typhoon Season” webpage http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_t ... _5726.html and on the “Natural Disasters” page http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/eme ... _1207.html of the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ website. Updated information on travel in Taiwan may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States and Canada, or from overseas, 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 am to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).



Please continue to monitor the American Institute in Taiwan’s website at http://www.ait.org.tw/en/home.html for updated information, including announcements of AIT closure. Please consult the Country Specific Information for Taiwan, available on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website (http://travel.state.gov).



For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State’s Internet website where the Worldwide Caution, Taiwan Specific Information, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts can be found. Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook, and download our free Smart Traveler App, available through iTunes or Google Play to have travel information at your fingertips.



U.S. citizens are advised to enroll with the Department of State or the American Institute in Taiwan through the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program website. If you enroll, we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements and can also help your family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency. U.S. citizens without Internet access may enroll directly with the American Institute in Taiwan.



For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please contact the American Citizens Services Unit of the American Institute in Taiwan. The location of the AIT Taipei office is No. 7, Lane 134, Sec. 3, Xinyi Road, Da'an District, Taipei City 10659; telephone (02) 2162-2000; fax (02) 2162-2239; email amcit-ait-t@state.gov; after hours emergency (02)2162-2000; website http://acs.ait.org.tw/ The location of the AIT Kaohsiung office is 5th Floor, No. 2, Zhongzheng 3rd Road, Xin-Xing District, Kaohsiung City 80052; telephone (07) 238-7744; fax (07) 236-1037; email amcit-ait-t@state.gov; after hours emergency (02) 2162-2000; website http://kaohsiung.ait.org.tw/consular-service.html
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Re: AIT Announcements Thread

Postby jlick » 14 Nov 2013, 14:57

AIT wrote:AIT Consular Chief to Visit Hualian November 22 for American Citizen Consular Services
(Note: Payment for Services by Local Bank Draft In USD Only, No Cash Payment will be accepted)
Meet AIT’s Consular Chief and apply for consular services!
Representatives of the Consular Section of the American Institute in Taiwan will be in Hualian on Friday, November 22, 2013, to provide consular services. American citizens applying for U.S. passports, additional passport pages, and anyone requiring the services of a notary public for U.S. purposes may come to the Hualian County Cultural Affairs Bureau Library, located at No 6, Wen-Fu Rd, Hualian City, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. Appointments are not required.
Payment for services must be made by local bank draft (Cashier’s Check) in US Dollars (本地銀行的美金匯票) payable to "American Institute in Taiwan" with no other amendments or notations (such as "Not Negotiable"). We regret that we will be unable to provide services without payment by local bank draft at the time of the visit. Please ensure that your bank draft is for the exact cost of your services. Minor child passport renewals cost $105; adult passport renewals cost $110; first-time or lost adult passport replacements cost $135; additional visa pages cost $82; all notary services are $50 per notary signature. More details of the fee schedules can be found here.
For passport renewal information and required documents for adults and children under 16 years of age, please refer to AIT's website.
All applicants must prepare A-4 sized photocopies of all required documents before submitting the passport application.
For passport renewals, the passport will be ready in about three weeks and will be sent to the applicant by courier. The previous passport will be cancelled and returned to the applicant on-site at the library.
To add passport pages, the Consular Officer will accept applications and bring the valid passports back to AIT for processing. Once completed, the passports with additional passport pages will be sent to the applicant by courier.
Please contact AIT's Taipei Office at 02-2162-2000 ext. 2306 or by e-mail at amcit-ait-t@state.gov for further information. For more information about American Citizen Services, including fees, please refer to AIT's website.
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Re: AIT Announcements Thread

Postby jlick » 18 Mar 2014, 23:57

AIT wrote:VOTING IN 2014

Your vote counts! Did you know that many recent U.S. elections have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by military and overseas voters. All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt deadline.

Follow a few simple steps to make sure that you can vote in the 2014 U.S. elections:

Registering to Vote: Complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). Even if you have voted by absentee ballot in the past, you must complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to vote in the 2014 elections. The FPCA is accepted by all local election officials in all U.S. states and territories. It allows you to register to vote and to request absentee ballots for all regular, primary, run-off, and special elections for federal offices (President, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives) during the course of the year it is submitted in.

You can complete the FPCA online at FVAP.gov. The online voting assistant will ask you questions specific to your state. It will tell you if your state allows the FPCA to be returned electronically or if you must submit a paper copy with original signature.

Receiving Your Ballot: Request Electronic Delivery! States are now required to send out ballots 45 days before a regular election for federal office (President, U.S. Senate or U.S. House of Representatives) and states generally send out ballots at least 30 days before primary elections. No matter which state you vote in, we encourage you to ask your local election officials to deliver your blank ballots to you electronically (by email, internet download, or fax, depending on your state). Be sure to include your email address on your FPCA to take advantage of the electronic ballot delivery option. You can now also confirm your registration and ballot delivery online for most states.

Researching the Candidates and Issues: Online Resources. Check out the FVAP links page for helpful resources that will aid your research of candidates and issues. Non-partisan information about candidates, their voting records, and their positions on issues are widely available and easy to obtain via numerous websites such as Project Smart Voter. You can also read national and hometown newspapers on-line, or search the Internet to locate articles and information. For information about election dates and deadlines, subscribe to FVAP's Voting Alerts (vote@fvap.gov). FVAP also shares Voting Alerts via Facebook and Twitter.

Returning Your Completed Ballot: Other Options. If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials, you can do so free of charge at AIT. They must be in either postage paid return envelopes or in envelopes bearing sufficient domestic U.S. postage, and must also be addressed to the relevant local election officials. This service from AIT to your local election official can take 18-20 days. AIT will place a date stamp and AIT seal on your ballot as evidence of the date and location from which the ballot was mailed. However, this is not a postmark.

If it’s more convenient for you, you can also return your FPCA or ballot to your local election officials via international mail or professional courier service at your own expense.

Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) website FVAP.gov. If you have any questions about registering to vote overseas, please contact American Institute in Taiwan’s Voting Assistance Officer at VoteTAIPEI@state.gov.


NOTE: Some jurisdictions do not require re-registering before each election. Check with election officials where you are registered to confirm.
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