We congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who are expecting an addition to the Royal Family! Are you also “expecting” your family to grow? If so, and you believe your child will have a claim to US citizenship, please visit http://london.usembassy.gov/cons_new/acs/passports/robirth4.html for information about obtaining your baby’s Consular Report of Birth Abroad, Social Security number and first passport.
What is your ideal vacation? Palm trees and sand? Snow skiing? Family reunions? Whatever your destination, it is not too early to start thinking about spring break and summer vacations. Please double check the expiration dates of your US passports and apply early if they need to be replaced. Spring and Summer are very busy times in the Embassy’s Consular Section, so early planning ensures you will get the appointment that suits your schedule and have sufficient time for the new passports to arrive. For more about Passport Services at the US Embassy, check out http://london.usembassy.gov/cons_new/acs/passports/index.html.
OK, I have my new passport, my tickets, and my trip insurance – is there anything else I should think about? Yes! Before you travel abroad, please take a few moments to sign up for the State Department’s free Smart Traveller Enrollment Program (STEP) at http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/tips/registration/registration_4789. html. Remember in the past when you had to go in person to the US Embassy to “register” by filling out a 3X5 index card? Now STEP has put that process online, and it is easier than ever. By signing up, you will automatically receive travel updates about the regions in which you will be travelling, and you assist us in providing assistance in case of emergencies.
Remember that our website has useful information ranging from security updates to travel and safety tips, so visit us at http://london.usembassy.gov/service.html.
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The US Embassy in London wishes everyone a safe and prosperous 2013!