Go-coast is a volunteer program managed by North Coast ESRA. It was created by olim, for olim. It is for those who have chosen to make aliyah to the north coast of Israel. This includes the Qrayot (Krayot), Ako, Nahariya, Ma'alot and the borderline area (Shlomi, Rosh haNikra, et al).
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.