31 December 2010

Changes at Misrad HaKlitah, Naharia

Steve Rosenthal, NBN, just informed me of these changes at Misrad HaKlitah.  Bella is no longer with the Naharia Misrad HaKlitah.  Marina is handling all olim cases at that office.  The office is now open only on Sundays and Wednesdays.

23 December 2010

Changes at U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv

December 22, 2010
Dear American Citizens:

This email is to notify you of two changes occurring to the American Citizen Services Unit, beginning in January 2011:

Changes to Consular Report of Birth Abroad Procedures:
The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the introduction of a redesigned Consular Report of Birth  Abroad (CRBA, or Form FS-240).  The redesigned CRBA, which is an official record confirming that a child born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent or parents acquired U.S. citizenship at birth and serves as proof of citizenship, has been updated with a variety of state-of-the-art security features to help prevent fraud and identity theft.

Beginning January 18, 2011, overseas posts will still document the citizenship of children born overseas to U.S.-citizen parents, but the CRBAs will be printed at our passport agencies in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and New Orleans, Louisiana, using the information provided by overseas posts.  By centralizing production and eliminating the distribution of controlled blank stock throughout the world, we will help ensure uniform quality and lessen the possibility of fraud.  Additionally, the Department of State will no longer issue the DS-1350 Certification of Report of Birth Abroad. Instead, the Department will simply provide new FS-240s in response to requests for additional, replacement, or amended CRBAs.

In order to upgrade our systems for this change, the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv is suspending CRBA adjudication from January 1 through January 18, 2011.  CRBA applications submitted during that time will be adjudicated after January 18.

Federal Benefits Unit Office Hours Changes:
New Public Hours:
Walk in Service: Fridays only, from 9 to 12 p.m., closed the last Friday of the month as well as U.S. and Israeli Holidays
Telephone Hours: Thursdays only, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The U.S. Embassy will be closed on December 24 and December 31, 2010.

If you need specific assistance from the U.S. Embassy, contact our switchboard during office hours (03-519-7575). Outside of office hours, contact 03-519-7551 and your call will be transferred to the Embassy’s duty officer. For routine inquiries, please email the American Citizen Services Unit atAMCTelAviv@state.gov.  For inquiries related to Federal Benefits and the Social Security Administration (including Social Security Numbers), please email the Federal Benefits Unit at TelAvivFBU@state.gov.  To subscribe to receive additional Warden and other messages from the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, go to the following link and enter your email address in the yellow box on the right-hand side of the screen: http://usembassy-israel.org.il/consular/acs/index.aspx.  For travel information, go to:  http://telaviv.usembassy.gov/consular/acs/TravelInformation.aspx or to www.travel.state.gov.

Thank you.
American Citizen Services Unit
U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv
(received via NBN)