US Citizenship

If you know anyone who is a citizen of a visa waiver country (which includes most European countries) planning to travel to the United States, please keep reading!
Travel Fee Instituted 

Since January 12, 2009 travelers to the United States from the Visa Waiver countries have been required to apply electronically for a travel authorization via the ESTA system.  The authorization is valid for two...

Citizenship -  Parental Consent when Traveling Alone with Children

August, 2002

Countries are concerned about protecting the security of children in this age of increasing international travel, especially when one custodial parent is traveling alone with the children. During the past year many borders have been tightened specifically Latin American countries such as Mexico and The Dominican Republic and also Canada...

American Citizen Services provided by Consular Sections at U.S. Embassies

U.S. Embassies are an extension of the U.S. State Department abroad. They may be found as listed by country at:

A presentation of what American Citizen Services are provided by the Consular Sections at the Embassies is listed below. Child Custody Issues.  The main office in the State Department that...

Notarization of Parental Consent Form for U.S. Passport Applications for Minors
November 1, 2004

All minors under 14 years of age must now appear in person at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate when applying for U. S. passports whether for a new passport or for renewal of a passport previously issued. Please see the February 2004 article, " NEW U.S. PASSPORT...

 Majority of Visa waiver program countries meet electronic passport deadline

The October 26, 2006 deadline for the requirement of issuance of electronic passports (e-Passports) was met by 24 of the 27 (then) Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries. The 3 countries that have not yet compiled are Andorra, Brunei and Liechtenstein. Travelers to the U.S. from these 3 countries with passports issued...


From January 23, 2007 citizens of the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Bermuda are required to present a passport upon entering the U.S. when arrival is by air from any part of the Western Hemisphere. The only acceptable alternative documents to a passport for air travel is the Merchant Mariner Document (MMD) that...


Recent legislation has led to changes in the procedures that American citizens residing abroad must follow if they wish to sponsor an immediate relative, such as spouse, minor child or parent, for an immigrant visa into the U.S.A.

Effective immediately, the immediate relative petition (I-130) must be filed with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

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