Consulate Night at the Library: Pariah
Acting Consul General Linda Rosalik hosted Consulate Night at the Library on June 17, screening the film “Pariah” for an enthusiastic audience.
Independence Day Celebration 2015
Consul General Settje hosted an Independence Day reception on June 10 for about 250 friends and contacts of the Consulate. He departed post on June 12.ALSO: Photos
Town Hall Meeting May 2015
Consul General Settje hosted a town hall meeting for American citizens on May 14. Consular staff responded to audience queries and concerns.
CA/CBP Reception 2015
Consul General Settje hosted a reception on May 7 to show appreciation to colleagues in the community who work closely with Consular and U.S. Customs & Border Protection staff to fulfill the U.S. Consulate’s mission in Bermuda.ALSO: Photos
Consulate Movie Night April 2015
The Bermuda library hosted Consulate Night at the Library series on April 7, screening the film “You Belong to Me” to a packed house. Consul Mila Millman led a discussion of the film afterwards.
Latest Headlines from the Consulate
1. The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the Hurricane and Typhoon Seasons in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane and Typhoon Season will last through November 2015, though most tropical cyclones typically develop between May and October. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommends that those in hurricane- and typhoon-prone regions begin preparations for the upcoming seasons now. more »
1. The lone wolf attack in Sydney, Australia on December 15, 2014, resulting in the deaths of two hostages, is a reminder that U.S. citizens should be extra cautious, maintain a very high level of vigilance, and take appropriate steps to enhance their personal security. more »
The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce a special opportunity for emerging civil society leaders to participate in a 6-18 month professional fellowship in the United States.
The US-UK Fulbright Commission was created by treaty on 22 September 1948. The Fulbright Program aims to foster mutual cultural understanding through educational exchange between the US and the UK. This it achieves through its Awards program for US and UK citizens and through its Advisory Service. More »
FATCA is an important development in U.S. efforts to combat tax evasion by U.S. persons holding investments in offshore accounts. Under FATCA, certain U.S. taxpayers holding financial assets outside the U.S. must report those assets to the IRS. FATCA will also require foreign financial institutions to report directly to the IRS certain information about financial accounts held by U.S. taxpayers, or by foreign entities in which U.S. taxpayers hold a substantial ownership interest. IRS Notice 2013-43 provides a six-month extension for when withholding will begin (i.e., payments after June 30, 2014) and for implementing new account opening procedures as well as related requirements to comply with FATCA. More »
Because of serious ongoing criminal activity of some permanent, organized, international gangs, along with growing concerns about gang-related crime in the United States, the Departments of State and Homeland Security have agreed that every application for entry to the United States by members of those gangs will be denied.
The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with its visa systems. This issue is not specific to any particular country or visa category. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working urgently to correct the problem and restore full operability.
Currently, we are unable to print most immigrant and nonimmigrant visas approved after June 8, 2015. In addition, U.S. embassies and consulates are unable to process new applications submitted on or after June 9, 2015. Individuals with visa interview appointments scheduled for June 14-20, 2015, should reschedule their appointments if they submitted a DS-160 online application after June 9, 2015. Appointments can be rescheduled by following the instructions located on http://hamilton.usconsulate.gov. Individuals who submitted their DS-160 online applications prior to June 9, 2015, should plan to attend their scheduled visa interview appointments. Those with urgent travel should follow the instructions for expedited emergency appointment found on http://hamilton.usconsulate.gov.
The technical issues also affected the Department of State’s ability to adjudicate applications for U.S. passports accepted overseas between May 26 and June 14, 2015. If you applied for a U.S. passport overseas during this time frame and have travel plans within the next 10 business days, please consider requesting an emergency passport at the U.S. embassy or consulate at which you originally applied. Information about how to apply for an emergency passport is available at the following http://hamilton.usconsulate.gov/emergency_passports.html.
If you are an American citizen calling after regular business hours about an arrest, death or life threatening illness please call (441) 335-3828. Please note that this number is for emergencies only and not for routine inquiries. During regular business hours (Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), please call (441) 295-1342.
See April 22 update below.
The U.S. Consulate General in Hamilton, Bermuda, informs U.S. citizens of a public concern regarding the contamination of beaches. A scientific study conducted in 2013 by the University of Laval, the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, the Bermuda Departments of Conservation, Health, and Environment, and the Bermuda Central Government Laboratory reports that ongoing discharge of raw sewage off Bermuda’s south coast causes intermittent contamination of the waters along the island’s south shore beaches, creating a public health hazard. More
* New! April 22 update.
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- a. Generates most of the oxygen we breathe and regulates our climate
- b. Helps feed us and cleans the water we drink
- c. Offers us a pharmacopoeia of potential medicines
- d. All the above
2. Vulnerable marine ecosystems, such as corals, and important fisheries are being damaged by human activities:
- a. Over-exploitation and destructive fishing practices
- b. Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing
- c. Marine pollution, especially from land-based sources
- d. All the above