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American Embassy in Prague Newsletter August-September 2009

 "Prague, ACSPRG"  
August-September 2009

Dear American Citizens:

Message from the New Consul General. My three-year tour in the Czech Republic began this August, and I am excited to be out in the field once again after spending several years in Washington. I am already using every opportunity to get to know this beautiful country, and I look forward to crossing paths with many of you both inside and outside the Embassy. American embassies around the world exist first and foremost to assist American citizens traveling and residing abroad, and I hope that during my tenure you will feel that this is your Embassy. I have already been impressed by the professionalism of the Embassy’s local staff and I know they, and our American officers, will continue to make your experiences at the Embassy pleasant ones. Best wishes for an enjoyable last few weeks of warm weather!

American Citizen Services Days in Brno and Plzen. We are taking our services on the road to better serve you! During the fall, the Consular Section will hold one American Citizen Services (ACS) day per month, alternating locations between Brno and Plzen. During ACS days, the Embassy team will provide services normally available at the Embassy, such as passport renewals, notarial services, and reports of birth abroad. If there is sufficient demand for these services, we will be able to make ACS days outside the Embassy a permanent fixture of our consular operations. ACS days are tentatively scheduled for the last Tuesday of each month during mornings hours, subject to U.S. and local holidays. Please mark your calendars for the mornings of September 29th in Brno and October 27th in Plzen if you require consular services such as passport renewals, notarials, and reports of birth abroad. If you plan to request citizen services in Brno or Plzen, please help us better gauge demand by emailing the American Citizen Services unit. The details for our American Citizen Services days are as follows:

ACS Day in Brno: September 29th from 10:30 AM-1:00 PM at the International School of Brno located at Cejkovická 10, Brno-Vinohrady 628 00.

ACS Day in Plzen: October 27th from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM at the American Center located at Dominikánská 9, Plzeň 301 12.


Visit of Regional Federal Benefits Unit. Experts from our Regional Federal Benefits Unit (RFBU) will be available to discuss individual cases and answer questions on Social Security and other federal benefits at the American Embassy in Prague October 14-16 from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Please email the American Citizen Services unit with any questions about the visit or to schedule an appointment (walk-ins are permitted but those with appointments will be seen first). You may also e-mail specific questions that we will pass to our RFBU colleagues in advance so they will be better prepared to respond to your needs.

Social Security Totalization Q&A Session. There will be a town hall-style meeting on the U.S.-Czech Social Security Totalization Agreement on October 14 at 3:30 pm in the American Center, located at Tržiště 13 in Prague 1, just down the road from the Embassy. Please spread the word, and come with your questions about Social Security and the Totalization Agreement. Please visit our website for more information about the Totalization Agreement.

Updated Contact Information. We are continuing to update our Newsletter mailing list. Please help us by filling out the form below and returning it to us. If you have recently registered with the Embassy (including during the June Open House), it is not necessary to reregister using the form below unless you wish to provide us with any additional information. If you are not sure, please complete the form. Required fields are marked with an asterisk. Please email your completed form to us at ACSPRG@state.gov.

NAME*: ___________________________________________________________________

EMAIL ADDRESS*:__________________________________________________________

PHONE NUMBER:___________________________________________________________

ADDRESS (IN CZECH REPUBLIC)*: ____________________________________________


DURATION OF STAY IN CZECH REPUBLIC:_____________________________________

DATE OF BIRTH*:___________________________________________________________

U.S. PASSPORT NUMBER*: ___________________________________________________

EMERGENCY CONTACT:____________________________________________________

EMERGENCY CONTACT PHONE NUMBER:____________________________________

Na shledanou!

David Beam
Consul General
Embassy of the United States




American Children Abroad

Ben and Helena Henderson

Prague, Czech Republic

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