Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellowship Applications Opening 14 August

The U.S. Embassy Paramaribo is pleased to announce that applications for the 2020 cohort of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Program opens August 14.  Please see the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative website for details and application information. The deadline to apply is September 18. Since its launch in 2015, the U.S. State Department’s YLAI Professional Fellowship has …

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Alumni of US exchange programs gather to discuss job creation in economic uncertainty

Taking part in one of the exchange programs offered by the U.S. gives participants more than a trip to the U.S.  They return to Suriname with new skills, new ideas, and renewed passion to aid the continued development of their homeland. On Tuesday, August 6, about 50 alumni from various exchange programs offered by the …

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U.S. Ambassador hosts latest cohort of exchange students headed to America

A dozen young students are about to have their lives changed forever thanks to their participation in exchange programs organized by the U.S. Embassy in Suriname. On Saturday, August 3, U.S. Ambassador to Suriname Karen Lynn Williams met with students soon to head to the United States as participants in the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and …

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Public notice of Request for quotation for the Chancery Walkway Pavement repair Project

The U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo, General Services Office (GSO) Contracting and Procurement, is in need of a company that is qualified, reliable, and responsible with sufficient resources and work experience to provide a quote for the Chancery Walkway Pavement Repair project for the U.S. Embassy Paramaribo. In order for a company to be considered, the …

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Public notice of Request for quotation for an Articulating Boom Lift

The U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo, General Services Office (GSO) Contracting and Procurement, is in need of a company with qualified reliable, responsible and responsive firms with sufficient resources and work experience to provide an Articulating Boom Lift for the U.S. Embassy Paramaribo. In order for a company to be considered, the company must be able …

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No Interview Waiver Visas on March 20 and 27

To Whom It May Concern: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo’s Consular Section will not accept any Interview Waiver nonimmigrant visa cases on Wednesday, March 20 or Wednesday, March 27, 2019. Applicants may submit their applications when we resume accepting Interview Waiver cases on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, or may schedule any …

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YOUTH AMBASSADORS PROGRAM

The Youth Ambassadors Program with the Caribbean is a 3-week leadership exchange program in the United States for teenagers ages 15-18 and adult mentors. The program provides full scholarships for participants to take part in cultural and educational programming focused on civic engagement and social entrepreneurship. Youth Ambassadors is sponsored by the U.S. Department of …

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Presidential Message on International Women’s Day, 2019

On International Women’s Day, we honor women worldwide for their vital role in shaping and strengthening our communities, families, governments, and businesses. We celebrate their vision, leadership, and courage, and we reaffirm our commitment to promoting equal opportunity for women everywhere. Through the efforts of remarkable women trailblazers in the United States and around the …

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Statement from the National Security Advisor Ambassador John Bolton on Venezuela

The United States strongly supports the democratic transition in Venezuela led by Interim President Juan Guaido and the National Assembly and is pursuing several new diplomatic and economic initiatives in support of that transition.  The United States is putting foreign financial institutions on notice that they will face sanctions for being involved in facilitating illegitimate …

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Remarks by Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo at a UN Security Council Meeting on Venezuela

Thank you, Mr. President. The focus of the UN Security Council is to safeguard international peace and security. The former Maduro regime has oppressed its people for years, forcing millions of Venezuelans to flee the country merely to gain very basic access to food and water. This has overwhelmed the capacity of regional countries to …

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Ambassador Karen Lynn Williams presents her credentials to President Desiré Delano Bouterse

On Tuesday, 20 November 2018, Karen L. Williams officially began her tenure as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Suriname after presenting her Letter of Credence to His Excellency President Desiré Delano Bouterse. The ceremony took place at the Presidential Palace. The credentialing ceremony dates back to the eighteenth century and maintains traditions that have remained virtually the …

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U.S. Military Provides First Aid and Youth Resiliency Workshop

PARAMARIBO – The U.S. Army Civil Military Support Element (CMSE) of the Military Liaison Office at the U.S. Embassy in Suriname has provided training to 8 Suriname Nationaal Leger Medics. The training focused on resiliency, patient assessments, and first aid. This program was a “train-the-trainer course” meant to give Surinamese military medics skills that they …

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Suriname America Alumni Association Awarded 4 Grants to Its Members

PARAMARIBO – On Friday, 12 October 2018, the Suriname America Alumni Association (SAAA) held a networking event at Riet Petit during which it announced the winners of the SAAA Small Grants Program. The SAAA Small Grants Program is made possible through funding from the U.S. Department of State specifically for members of the SAAA. The …

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Peak Hurricane Season is Here!

Safety is the number one priority during hurricane season.  Here are some resources to help you stay informed and safe during hurricane season. The National Hurricane Center provides up to date information on hurricane activity on the Caribbean region.  Check them out at: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ , https://twitter.com/NHC_Atlantic , @NHC_Atlantic. U.S. Department of State regularly publishes storm season updates, …

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New Public Hours at the U.S. Embassy for American Citizen Services!

Beginning 14 September 2018, the U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo will offer routine appointments for American citizens, including passport renewals, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, and notary public services, exclusively on Fridays from 08:00 to 11:00 a.m.  To make an appointment, please visit: https://sr.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/appointments/ . Please note that this web site is for American Citizen Services only.  …

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Suriname Ministry of Health Releases New Report on National Health Spending

Paramaribo- The Suriname Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the USAID-funded Health Finance and Governance Project, hosted a meeting on August 21 to disseminate the results of a 2016 Health Accounts study analyzing the origin of funding for health in Suriname and where it is being …

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U.S. and Surinamese Soldiers renovate infrastructure O.S. Raka Raka

PARAMARIBO – From 20 to 28 August 2018, Soldiers from the United States South Dakota Army National Guard and from the Suriname Army worked together to renovate some of the infrastructure at the O.S. Raka Raka in Paramaribo.  This primary school serves approximately 400 students from the local area. This project is made possible through …

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U.S. Social Security Services and Other Federal Benefits Appointments

Representatives from the Regional Federal Benefits Unit will visit Paramaribo to offer services for beneficiaries or individuals with questions about U.S. Social Security and other federal benefits. Individual consultations are available to the public on August 1, 2018. Sign up for an individual consultation by e-mailing caparamar@state.gov Beneficiaries residing in Suriname must complete their annual report …

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U.S. EMBASSY ACHIEVES LEED® SILVER CERTIFICATION

PARAMARIBO – The U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo has become the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Certified building in Suriname. The Embassy earned the silver level of LEED. LEED certification is an internationally recognized standard for measuring building sustainability. LEED-certified buildings are designed to lower operating costs while increasing asset value, reduce waste …

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Notice of Funding Opportunity

The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Oceans, International Environmental and Scientific Affairs is now accepting applications for a grant entitled: Abating Mercury Emissions Via Mobile Processing Units for Small-scale Gold Processing in Suriname. For more information about the grant and to review the complete Notice of Funding Opportunity, please visit  https://goo.gl/7p664R Please note that grant …

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The release of the 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

The 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices – the Human Rights Reports – is now available.  The annual report covers internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the  Universal Declaration of Human Rights  and other international agreements. The U.S. Department of State submits reports on all countries receiving assistance and all United Nations member …

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2019-2020 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

The U.S. Embassy in Suriname is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. The Humphrey Fellowship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The program is intended for experienced mid-career professionals interested in strengthening their leadership skills through a mutual exchange of knowledge and understanding about issues of common …

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Bidding Announcement

The American Embassy Paramaribo, solicits for a firm to Perform Maintenance of Pools at the two residences. Click here for more info on the Maintenance of Pools. and The American Embassy Paramaribo, solicits for a firm to Perform Maintenance of the Generator system at the Embassy on Kristalstraat 165, Morgenstond. Click here for more info on the Maintenance of …

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Request For Quotation

Public notice of Request for quotation for Water pump spares and parts The U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo, General Services Office (GSO) Contracting and Procurement, is in need of a company with qualified reliable, responsible and responsive firms with sufficient resources and work experience to provide Water pump spares and parts for the U.S. Embassy in …

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Notice of Consular Closure

The U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section will be closed to the public for all Consular services from Monday, February 26 – Friday, March 2, 2018. For emergencies you should contact the Embassy at (+597) 556 700 during normal working hours from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  or via email at caparamar@state.gov For emergencies for American Citizens outside normal …

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Bidding Announcement

The United States Embassy Paramaribo, solicits for an Architectural/Engineering firm to create a Landscape Design, containing; site drainage plan, soil type, earthwork/grading, hardscape, and plantings. This design should improve the current exterior grounds condition for the U.S. Embassy located at Kristalstraat 165, Morgenstond, Paramaribo If you are qualified, and are interested in bidding on this project, …

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Street Closures Near U.S. Embassy Paramaribo

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Paramaribo, Suriname (February 14, 2018) Location:  Streets near the U.S. Embassy Event:  On Thursday, February 15, 2018, the Surinamese National Security Directorate will conduct a training exercise near the U.S. Embassy.  Several streets will be closed from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The U.S. Embassy will remain open for emergency …

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Bidding Announcement

The United States Embassy Paramaribo, solicits for an Architectural/Engineering firm to create a Landscape Design, containing; site drainage plan, soil type, earthwork/grading, hardscape, and plantings. This design should improve the current exterior grounds condition for the U.S. Embassy located at Kristalstraat 165, Morgenstond, Paramaribo If you are qualified, and are interested in bidding on this …

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Short Notice Opportunity for Those Managing and Arts or Cultural Organization

The DeVos Institute’s Fellowship program is offered free of charge to arts managers from across the United States and around the world who are selected through a competitive application process. These fellows attend a four-week program in residence in Washington, D.C. each summer for three consecutive years. For more information please see the linked fellowship …

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New PEPFAR Results Reach Historic Highs in HIV Prevention and Treatment

Washington, D.C.—On the eve of World AIDS Day 2017, new results from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) released today show that the program has reached historic highs through its rapid acceleration of HIV prevention and treatment efforts, driven by transparent, accountable, and cost-effective investments. For more information, please visit  www.pepfar.gov

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U.S. Embassy Announces the 2017 Cohort of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program

The U.S. Embassy is proud to announce the 2017 cohort from Suriname for the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program .  The YLAI program supports the United States’ commitment to increase trade and investment in the region and, in the words of Vice President Mike Pence, “bring even more of our business culture of entrepreneurship and innovation all across Latin America …

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South Dakota Army National Guard and Suriname Army collaborate on renovating infrastructure O.S. Majosteeg

PARAMARIBO – From 14 to 24 August 2017, Soldiers from the United States South Dakota Army National Guard and from the Suriname Army will work together to renovate some of the infrastructure at the O.S. Majosteeg in Wanica.  This primary school serves approximately 450 students from the local area. This project is made possible through …

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U.S. Department of State Releases 2016 Religious Freedom Report

PARAMARIBO— Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson released the 2016 Report on International Religious Freedom during a public event at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. The Annual Report on International Religious Freedom covers government policies violating the religious beliefs and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, as well as U.S. policies to …

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The U.S. Embassy has a new phone number

The U.S. Embassy has a new phone number.  The new phone number, effective immediately, is (597) 556 700.  The old phone number, (597) 472 900, will be discontinued shortly. Please note that the after-hours emergency number remains (597) 710 11 12.  This after-hours emergency number is for American citizen emergencies only.

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Caribbean Entrepreneurs United in Kingston, Jamaica

Caribbean Entrepreneurs United in Kingston, Jamaica to Enhance Opportunities For Regional Growth   The U.S. Embassy in Kingston, in collaboration with the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship – Caribbean, and Meridian International Center will host the “Young Leaders of the Americas (YLAI) Regional Workshop on Entrepreneurship,” to examine unique challenges and opportunities facing entrepreneurs in the …

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Language Instruction Services

The U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo Is seeking a contractor or firm to perform Language Instruction Services Services will consist of creating a program to instruct persons in Dutch and Sranan Tongo. If you have the expertise and are interested in bidding on this contract, please email the Embassy to obtain a solicitation package no later than …

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THE HUBERT H. HUMPHREY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

A program for young and mid-career professionals sponsored by the U.S. Department of State 2018-2019 Academic Year The Program: The United States Embassy in Suriname is pleased to announce the annual competition for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. This one-year Fellowship program is offered to young and mid-career professionals who have a proven track …

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2017 Youth Ambassadors Program

The application period for the 2017 Youth Ambassadors Program in now open. Deadline is April 4, 2017 The Youth Ambassadors Program with the Caribbean offers a yearlong program beginning with a three-week leadership exchange in the U.S. for teenagers ages 15-18 and Adult Mentors from the Caribbean. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau …

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Statement from the Press Secretary in Honor of International Women’s Day

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 8, 2017   Statement from the Press Secretary in Honor of International Women’s Day   International Women’s Day gives us the opportunity to celebrate and reflect upon the meaningful progress women have made throughout society, while also acknowledging that there is still much …

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President Donald J. Trump Proclaims March 2017 as Women’s History Month

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION We are proud of our Nation’s achievements in promoting women’s full participation in all aspects of American life and are resolute in our commitment to supporting women’s continued advancement in America and around the world. America honors the celebrated women pioneers and leaders in …

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Ambassador Nolan Hosts Roundtable on Religious Freedom

On Wednesday January 25, Ambassador Edwin Nolan welcomed representatives of various faith traditions in Suriname to a roundtable on religious freedom.  Participants discussed Suriname’s tradition of religious tolerance and the importance of that tradition throughout Surinamese society.  The United States observes Religious Freedom Day on January 16, the anniversary of the Virginia General Assembly’s adoption …

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U.S. Embassy Announces the 2017 American Media Co-Op Program

The U.S. Embassy is now accepting proposals for the 2017 Media Co-Op program, formerly known as the TV/Radio Coop Program.  Media Co-ops are cooperative ventures, jointly developed by the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section and local media outlets in collaboration with the Bureau of Public Affairs’ Foreign Press Center. Media Co-Ops are a (maximum) two-week, …

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SOUTHCOM DEPUTY COMMANDER VISITS SURINAME

Lieutenant General Joseph DiSalvo, the Deputy Commander at U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), and Mr. Michael Droz, Deputy Director for Operations at SOUTHCOM recently traveled to Suriname to meet with Suriname’s Minister of Defense, the Acting Chief of Defense, and their respective staffs.  This was LTG DiSalvo’s and Mr. Droz’s first visit to Suriname and they …

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President Obama’s Farewell Address

“America is not the project of any one person. Because the single most powerful word in our democracy is the word ‘We.’ ‘We The People.’ ‘We Shall Overcome.’ ‘Yes, We Can.’” — PRESIDENT OBAMA President Obama delivered his Farewell Address in Chicago on January 10, 2017.

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Trump’s prep work before Inauguration Day

The 45th president of the U.S. has a lot to do before being sworn in on January 20. Besides moving into the Oval Office, he’ll have to make more than 4,000 new political appointments, review the country’s budget, establish priorities for his presidency, receive intelligence briefings and more. Take a glimpse at the presidential to-do list

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Notice of Funding Opportunity

The U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo is accepting project proposals for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2017 Competition. Interested parties may submit proposals for projects to preserve cultural heritage in Suriname. The deadline for submitting proposals to the U.S. Embassy is January 16, 2017. Full implementation of the AFCP 2017 program is pending …

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Ambassador Nolan signs MOA between TSA-CASAS

PARAMARIBO – U.S. Ambassador Edwin Nolan and Brian de Souza, Acting Director of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority Suriname, signed a Memorandum of Agreement on Wednesday, August 24, 2016. This ceremony is to formalize an agreement allowing the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to provide support and assistance to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority Suriname (CASAS).  …

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Ambassador Nolan delivers INL-Funded Police Bicycles to Korps Politie Suriname

PARAMARIBO – U.S. Ambassador Edwin Nolan made a donation of 50 mountain bikes, along with 50 sets of gloves/helmets/bags/beacons, 50 sets of polarized eyewear, 50 sets of handcuffs and other items to the Korps Politie Suriname on Friday morning. The donation was funded through the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement …

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Celebrating 240 Years of Independence

Ambassador Nolan’s Remarks at U.S. Embassy 4th of July Reception (Monday, July 4, 2016) Acting President of the Republic of Suriname, His Excellency Michael Ashwin Adhin; Your Excellencies, Distinguished Ministers and Officials of the Republic of Suriname; Members of the National Assembly; Fellow Ambassadors and Members of the Diplomatic and Honorary Consular Corps; Distinguished guests, …

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry released the 16th annual trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report

U.S. Department of State releases 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report; Suriname downgraded to Tier 3 PARAMARIBO— Today, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry released the 16th annual trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report in a public event at the State Department in Washington, D.C.  Suriname is a source, transit, and destination country for women and children …

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SD National Guard celebrates 10 years of partnership with Suriname

By Spc. Kristin Lichius – 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment RAPID CITY, S.D. – Members of the South Dakota National Guard and Suriname Defense Force celebrated 10 years of partnership as they gathered together to attend an anniversary ceremony at Joint Force Headquarters on Camp Rapid, June 22. The event recognized the 10th anniversary of …

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U.S. Embassy assists in repatriation of cultural artifacts from Jodensavanne

PARAMARIBO—On Tuesday, June 14, Ambassador Edwin R. Nolan handed over several boxes of artifacts to the board of the Jodensavanne Foundation and the Suriname Archaeological Service.  The artifacts date back to the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries and include fragments of pottery, porcelain, and iron work that were uncovered by amateur archaeologists in the vicinity …

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Op-Ed: Our Oceans are Everyone’s Responsibility

By Edwin R. Nolan, U.S. Ambassador to Suriname PARAMARIBO – Covering more than 70 percent of the earth’s surface, oceans have a profound impact on our way of life.  Today, on World Oceans Day,  I join President Barack Obama’s and Secretary of State John Kerry’s call for all citizens of the world take action to …

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Zika Virus

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens living and traveling in Suriname of a public health concern regarding the zika virus.  Zika virus is a mosquito-transmitted virus recently identified in Suriname and spreading.  The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease (Zika) are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild …

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No SSA Cost of Living Adjustments in 2016

With consumer prices down over the past year, monthly Social Security benefits will not automatically increase in 2016. The Social Security Act provides for an automatic increase in Social Security benefits if there is an increase in inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W).  The period …

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Elimination of Visa Page Inserts – Effective January 1, 2016

Effective January 1, 2016, the Department will eliminate the consular service of supplemental 24-page Visa Page Inserts (VPIs) for passports as Consular Affairs fully converts to issuing the Next Generation Passport.  VPIs will only be available for current passports until December 31, 2015. Visa page inserts pose vulnerabilities to both the security of the ePassport …

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Relinquishments and Passport Fees

On September 15, 2015, the Department of State published an interim final rule that makes changes to the passport book fees and fees related to the relinquishment of nationality. Relinquishment of Nationality Changes:  Effective November 9, 2015, the Department of State will adjust the processing fee for a Certificate of Loss of Nationality to all …

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Ambassador Anania’s Remarks at USAID/PADF Kari Yu! Graduation Ceremony (Dutch Version))

Goede morgen: First Lady, Mevrouw Ingrid Bouterse-Waldring, Ministers en Direkteuren, leden van de private- en civil society sector, speciale genodigden, leden van de pers. Het is een eer voor mij om vandaag hier te zijn en de groeten van de Amerikaanse regering over te brengen aan jullie allemaal alsook de felicitaties aan de afgestudeerde jongeren. …

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Chikungunya Virus in Suriname

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens living and traveling in Suriname of a public health concern regarding the chikungunya virus.  Chikungunya virus is a mosquito transmitted virus recently identified in Suriname and spreading.  Symptoms typically include fever and joint pain of the hands and feet that begin 3-7 days after being bitten by an infected …

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