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American Consular Outreach Service

Post by jingjai » May 5, 2010, 5:00 pm

If anyone is in need of their services, please e-mail and inform them: acsbkk@state.gov
If enough people request it, perhaps they will schedule a visit to Udon or Khon Kaen?

More info here:
http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/Us-Embass ... 59836.html



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Re: American Consular Outreach Service

Post by jingjai » May 8, 2010, 3:45 pm

Has anyone ever used the American Embassy in Laos for ACS services?
http://laos.usembassy.gov/information_f ... elers.html

Website reads they perform all services:
The American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit of the Consular Section assists American citizens in Laos. The unit provides a variety of services including: passport and citizenship services, registration of births, assistance with Federal benefits, notarial services, voting and tax information

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Re: American Consular Outreach Service

Post by jimboLV » May 8, 2010, 6:06 pm

jingjai wrote:Has anyone ever used the American Embassy in Laos for ACS services?
http://laos.usembassy.gov/information_f ... elers.html

Website reads they perform all services:
I believe any U.S. Embassy in the world can handle most services for U.S. citizens regardless of your country of residence. I recently got citizenship papers and a passport for our newborn daughter at the consulate in Chiang Mai and was informed that I could have gone to the Embassy in Laos, or for that matter, Zambia. :shock: (Not that I would consider going to Zambia, but O/T's descriptions do whet the appetite somewhat). :lol:

The question is will Thai immigration accept income letters issued by an embassy in another country? Might be worth checking out. Vientiane is a lot closer than Bangkok or Chiang Mai. But I would check very carefully with both the Embassy and Thai immigration.

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Re: American Consular Outreach Service

Post by Mike Carroll » May 8, 2010, 8:12 pm

Good suggestions, thanks very much!
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Re: American Consular Outreach Service

Post by jackspratt » May 8, 2010, 8:44 pm

jimboLV wrote: The question is will Thai immigration accept income letters issued by an embassy in another country? Might be worth checking out. Vientiane is a lot closer than Bangkok or Chiang Mai. But I would check very carefully with both the Embassy and Thai immigration.
I asked the same question re an income letter from the Oz Embassy in Vientiane.

The answer from Thai Immigration was an unequivocal No!

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Re: American Consular Outreach Service

Post by jingjai » May 9, 2010, 10:02 am

I asked the same question re an income letter from the Oz Embassy in Vientiane.
The answer from Thai Immigration was an unequivocal No!
Well, I guess that's that for that plan.

Sure hope enough Americans e-mail the embassy: acsbkk@state.gov and request a consular visit to either Udon or Khon Kaen...sometime between now and mid-June.

Remember, a income verification letter dated anytime in 2010, is valid for your visa renewal, whatever date you need to renew in 2010. So, even if you don't need to renew until later on this year...if the letter is dated 2010...it will be valid.

I need to renew by June 24.
Help me out here...my fellow Americans. Send those e-mails out. I don't want to spend the money to go to Bangkok.

The most frustrating thing about this is, last year (2009), I got a new income verification letter. When I renewed my visa extension in June... The immigration officer in Nong Khai stated to both me and my wife that the income verification letter would be valid for two more renewals.
Now it seems that the new Udon office is requiring a new income verification letter :? :mad: .

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Re: American Consular Outreach Service

Post by thedude » May 14, 2010, 3:16 pm

Good time to email ACS again. I did, telling them that since they're closed in BKK, why not come here and help all of us out?

Send those emails, people... Get 'em off their butts and up here to provide some service to us!

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Re: American Consular Outreach Service

Post by parrot » May 14, 2010, 4:17 pm

I'm like most everyone.....much rather have ACS come to Udon than me go to Bangkok. Enough emails from the folks here might do the trick. But, it bears mentioning that the American Embassy is the only embassy (that I know of) that does these sort of trips (KK, Udon, Phuket). They've been doing twice-yearly Udon trips for several years now, and if you miss one of them, you might catch them on a KK trip, also twice yearly. In a nutshell, IMO, they're providing a great service to the folks here in Udon........I'd not want to accuse them of sitting on their butts in Bangkok. Just some food for thought.

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Re: American Consular Outreach Service

Post by jingjai » May 14, 2010, 6:15 pm

They've been doing twice-yearly Udon trips for several years now, and if you miss one of them, you might catch them on a KK trip, also twice yearly. In a nutshell, IMO, they're providing a great service to the folks here in Udon........I'd not want to accuse them of sitting on their butts in Bangkok. Just some food for thought.
Yes, agreed great service, and usually Udon in October and KK in April/May.

So, why did they come back so soon (Feb.10, 2010) after their October 28, 2009 visit? About 90 some days. And how much advance notice did they give for the February visit...a couple of days, a week? Usually they've given 2-3 weeks advance notice.
I was out of town early February [I take a break from the internet, when I am on holiday]. I didn't know they had visited until after I returned to Udon.

I expected them to return to Udon or KK in May, about six months, as they have done in previous years:
April 2008: KK
October 2008: Udon
May 1 2009: KK
October 28 2009: Udon

Have a look at this thread: http://www.udonmap.com/udonthaniforum/a ... 13022.html it shows the dates they have come and how much notice they have given for their 2009 visits to Issan.

I think thedude is referring to the fact that our Embassy was closed yesterday for Ploughing Day...and is now closed temporarily due to the red shirt mess. The Embassy can't even say when it will reopen. So...all our Consulate Officers in Bangkok have short break, with nothing to do...send 'em up to Issan for a day to service their citizens.

So lets keep sending those e-mails.

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Re: American Consular Outreach Service

Post by thedude » May 14, 2010, 7:02 pm

Yessir - indeedy - that's all.

The woman told me last time that they had some business in Udon that fell through, so they decided to stay and reach out.

I've never had consular or any other bureaucratic service as nice as they.

What a difference without a bloody glass window between people as well! Human!!!

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Re: American Consular Outreach Service

Post by polehawk » May 14, 2010, 7:47 pm

ACS-BKK is a member of this forum so might try sending PMs along with emails to get their attention? They do monitor this forum.

My visa extension date is in July so I wasn't sure if Immigration would accept a letter from February and passed on the opportunity. Usually don't mind making a trip to Bangkok for this purpose since it gives us a chance to get in some shopping, eating at good restaurants, seeing English sound track movies on a big screen, looking for books to read and all that the Big Mango offers but who wants to go there if there's a chance in getting your head blown off? Well, maybe the rice fields will call the protesters home soon.

I will send an email and a PM.

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Re: American Consular Outreach Service

Post by polehawk » May 14, 2010, 9:06 pm

In case anyone wants to send a PM via this forum the username for American Consular Services is: ACSBKK

My PM and email have been sent.

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Re: American Consular Outreach Service

Post by fremmel » May 15, 2010, 8:56 am

polehawk wrote:My visa extension date is in July so I wasn't sure if Immigration would accept a letter from February and passed on the opportunity....
I'm in the same boat except that my extension date is Sept. So when ACS came in Feb. I went by and asked immigration if they'd accept a letter dated in Feb. when I renewed in Sept. They said that as long as it was dated the same year they'd accept it.

Whether that policy will change by the time I have to renew is another question.

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Re: American Consular Outreach Service

Post by Texpat » May 15, 2010, 11:26 am

They said that as long as it was dated the same year they'd accept it.
My extension is due the first week in January.
How am I supposed to get my letter in the same year as most offices are closed the first few days of the year?

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Re: American Consular Outreach Service

Post by fremmel » May 15, 2010, 12:51 pm

Go in a couple of weeks early while it's still 2010?

Probably ought to drop by and ask them. Maybe before the ACS visits in October - if they come in October this year.

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Re: American Consular Outreach Service

Post by parrot » May 17, 2010, 1:56 pm

The embassy just put out another travel warning (below). I'd say the odds of a Udon trip.....or anywhere trip in the near term isn't looking good. Maybe immigration will take mercy on those who don't have a current letter from the embassy.

A word of warning those who prefer to read the news in short tweets.....the travel warning is a long read:


NOTE: We have issued a Travel Warning for Thailand, advising American
Citizens to defer all travel to Bangkok and defer non-essential travel
to the rest of Thailand. We are constantly reviewing that guidance to
be sure it reflects the changing conditions.

The Department of State has authorized departure (i.e. voluntary
departure) for non-emergency U.S. government employees and eligible
family members. The U.S. Embassy has decided, in light of the current
situation, to go to authorized departure only for eligible family
members from Bangkok. Employees of the Embassy will remain in place.


Travel Warning: Thailand

(Issued on May 15, 2010)

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens traveling to and residing in
Thailand of ongoing political demonstrations and unrest in Bangkok and
Chiang Mai. Due to escalating violence in central Bangkok, including
gunfire near the U.S. Embassy, demonstrations in Chiang Mai, and other
incidents throughout Thailand, U.S. citizens should defer all travel to
Bangkok and defer all non-essential travel to the rest of Thailand. The
Department of State has authorized the departure of all non-emergency
U.S. government personnel and eligible family members from Bangkok.
This replaces the Travel Alert dated April 28, 2010, and is in response
to updated information on increased violence and security concerns. The
Department of State recommends against travel to Bangkok and
non-essential travel to Thailand at this time.

The United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (aka UDD or
"red-shirts") continues to demonstrate in central Bangkok. The UDD may
change or expand its demonstration locations at any time. Various other
groups have engaged in pro-government or counter-demonstrations in
Bangkok and Chiang Mai. There have been several clashes between
security forces and the UDD and other demonstrators. These clashes may
escalate with no warning. For areas currently affected by
demonstrations, please refer to local media.

The Royal Thai Government through the Center for the Resolution of the
Emergency Situation has announced its plans to close off the
demonstration area at the Ratchaprasong rally site in an attempt to
disperse the protesters. Authorities are taking the following measures:

--limiting transportation services, including the BTS Skytrain, MRTA,
canal routes, and possibly bus routes;
--setting up checkpoints at all access routes in order to control and
limit access to the rally site for details on what routes may be
affected, please refer to local media;
--cutting off telephone service to the rally site;
--possibly cutting off electricity and water to the rally site and
surrounding areas.

The U.S. Embassy, including visa operations, was closed on Friday, May
14 and will be closed on Monday, May 17. If security issues persist,
the U.S. Embassy may continue to close. American Citizen Services (ACS)
will be available for emergencies only. To find out the current
operating status of the U.S. Embassy, please go to the Embassy's website
at http://bangkok.usembassy.gov. The U.S. Embassy recommends against
coming to this area. If U.S. citizens currently have appointments with
ACS, they may go online or call us once we have reopened at 02-205-4049
to reschedule.

U.S. citizens should avoid travel to and lodging in this area and the
areas in and around all demonstrations. If U.S. citizens must travel to
these areas, they should exercise special caution and remain vigilant
with regard to their personal security. U.S. Embassy personnel who live
in affected areas are being relocated to housing outside of the affected
areas until the situation is resolved. The Department of State has
authorized the departure of all non-emergency U.S. government personnel
and eligible family members from Bangkok. The U.S. Embassy is
restricting the travel of official visitors to Thailand.

The Royal Thai Government has declared a state of emergency in the
following provinces:

-Chiang Mai
-Chiang Rai
-Lampang
-Nan
-Nakhon Sawan
-Samut Prakan
-Chon Buri
-Nonthaburi
-Pathum Thani
-Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
-Khon Kaen
-Udon Thani
-Chaiyaphum
-Nakhon Ratchasima
-Si Sa Ket

This action expands the existing state of emergency in the Bangkok
metropolitan area that the government declared on April 7, 2010.

A state of emergency gives the police and military increased powers to
maintain public order. Specifically, security forces have the authority
to:

-prohibit gatherings of more than five people;
-prohibit distribution of media or publications deemed to affect
security or public order;
-prohibit or limit the use of vehicles or particular routes; and
-evacuate buildings or areas or prohibit entry into them.

You should expect to see more security forces personnel in the streets.
You might encounter them at roadblocks or other security checkpoints.
If you encounter police or military personnel, you should obey any and
all instructions from them. Be sure to carry identification and proof
of your U.S. citizenship at all times to present if asked by
authorities.

Supporters of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (aka
UDD or "red-shirts") in Chiang Mai city may go to Bangkok to assist UDD
supporters there. Security forces may try to block these movements,
which could lead to violent confrontations.

Political demonstrations by the UDD are expected to continue in Bangkok
indefinitely. As a result, traffic congestion and difficulty of
movement is possible throughout Bangkok, and traffic patterns may change
unexpectedly as demonstrators block roads. Other forms of
transportation, such as the BTS Skytrain, may close unexpectedly in
response to threats or incidents, such as occurred on April 27, when
protesters tried to block the tracks with tires.

There have been numerous incidents of explosive attacks, including
several isolated grenade attacks, in and around Bangkok and Chiang Mai
over the past two months. Additional explosive devices have been
discovered before detonation. Some of these incidents occurred at or
near areas frequented by U.S. citizens. These incidents appear to be
motivated by domestic politics and do not appear to be acts of
international terrorism. The possibility of more such attacks cannot
be ruled out. U.S. citizens are reminded to exercise caution and
vigilance at all times. Immediately report to law enforcement or
security personnel any unattended packages or bags or suspicious objects
in public areas.

On Saturday, April 10, UDD and Royal Thai Government security forces
clashed in the Phanfa Bridge area, resulting in a number of fatalities.
On April 27, UDD protesters clashed with police near the Thai Air Force
headquarters at Don Muang. The UDD stopped and entered vehicles looking
for military and police personnel. Media report that UDD leaders plan
to block the movement of security forces from the provinces to Bangkok.


UDD supporters have threatened demonstrations in the provinces if its
current demonstrations in Bangkok are forcibly dispersed, as occurred
April 9, 10, and 24. Therefore, U.S. citizens should monitor public
sources of information to stay abreast of the latest information
concerning demonstrations and areas to avoid.

On the evening of April 22, 2010, several explosions occurred in the
Silom/Sala Daeng area at the Sala Daeng BTS Skytrain station causing a
number of injuries, including at least one fatality. The possibility of
more such attacks cannot be ruled out. U.S. citizens should avoid
travel to and lodging in this area.

The Department strongly encourages U.S. citizens in Thailand to register
with the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok or through the
State Department's travel registration website
<https://travelregistration.state.gov/> . For information on general
crime and security issues, U.S. citizens may also consult the Department
of State's Country Specific Information for Thailand and the Worldwide
Caution, located at the Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs
website <http://travel.state.gov/> . U.S. citizens may also obtain
up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747
from the United States and Canada, or 202-501-4444 from overseas.

The American Citizen Services section of the U.S. Embassy Bangkok
<http://bangkok.usembassy.gov/> is located at 95 Wireless Road, Bangkok
10330, Thailand. The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy
can be reached by calling 66-2-205-4049 and by e-mail at
acsbkk@state.gov. The emergency after-hours telephone number is
66-2-205-4000.

The U.S. Consulate General in Chiang Mai
<http://chiangmai.usconsulate.gov/> is located at 387 Wichayanond Road
in Chiang Mai. The American Citizen Services Unit of the Consulate
General can be reached by calling 66-53-107-777 and by e-mail at
acschn@state.gov. The after-hours emergency telephone number is
66-81-881-1878.

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Re: American Consular Outreach Service

Post by mak » May 18, 2010, 6:05 pm

In their town hall meeting ACS staff said no more Outreach until the trouble is over. However, starting Monday they will have ACS at Westin Hotel Suk soi 19, 8-12, M-F. Make an appt. online.

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Re: American Consular Outreach Service

Post by mak » May 19, 2010, 10:35 am

Correction: starting today, May 19 at the Westin.

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Re: American Consular Outreach Service

Post by parrot » June 3, 2010, 6:07 pm

Dear Pattaya, Phuket, Udon, and Khon Kaen Area American Citizens,

The Consular Section of the American Embassy in Bangkok is pleased to
inform you of a consular outreach visit to Pattaya, Phuket, Udon, and
Khon Kaen in June 2010. Please come if you can!

Consular staff will be available to provide services at the following
dates and locations:

PATTAYA:
Tuesday, June 8, 2010, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Dusit Thani Pattaya,
at 240/2 Pattaya Beach Road, Pattaya City, Chonburi, 20150, Thailand.
Telephone: 03-842-5611.


PHUKET:
Monday, June 14, 2010, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Hilton Phuket Arcadia
Resort and Spa, at 333 Patah Road, Karon Beach, Phuket, Thailand, 83100,
telephone: 076-396-433.


UDON:
Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Centara Hotel &
Convention Centre Udon Thani, at 277/1 Prajaksillapakhom Road, Muang,
Udon Thani, 41000, Thailand. Telephone: 04-234-3555.


KHON KAEN:
Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Pullman Khon Kaen
Raja Orchid, at 9/9 Prachasumran Road, Nai Muang, Muang, Khon Kaen,
Thailand, 40000, telephone: 043-322-155.


The following consular services will be available during our outreach
visits:
* Passport renewal applications ($75.00 or Baht 2475 for adult
passports, and $85 or Baht 2805 for a child's passport).
* Notarial Services and Certified Copies ($30.00 or Baht 990).
This includes income affidavits for retirees in Thailand.
* Extra visa pages. Note: we can accept applications, but the
passports will have to be brought back to the Embassy for final
processing the next day. The passports will then have to be picked up
in person (or by a friend upon presentation of a letter of authorization
signed by the applicant) at the Embassy.
* Social security, VA, or other federal benefits question will be
limited, but we will try to provide forms and answers.
(Please bring exact change!)

Consular Reports of Birth cannot be processed during consular outreach
trips.

If you have any questions, please email acsbkk@state.gov or call the
American Citizen Services Unit at 02-205-4049.

We look forward to seeing you.

Sincerely,

American Citizen Services
U.S. Embassy

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Re: American Consular Outreach Service

Post by jingjai » June 3, 2010, 6:24 pm

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