U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem Announces New Initiative to Help Americans

Israel’s United States Embassy in Jerusalem on Tuesday released a list of service enhancements for US citizens regarding US passports and consular reports of birth abroad (CRBA).
With an unprecedented backlog of pending passport and CRBA applications due to the COVID-19 pandemic, additional State Department resources, to be offered at the Jerusalem Embassy and the Tel Aviv Embassy Branch, represent a great relief for US immigrants.

US passport, illustrative PIXABAY

The announcement of the Embassy includes the following actions:

  • New system for requesting urgent appointments for US passports: US citizens who do not have a passport or who do not meet the requirements to return to the US With an expired US passport can request an urgent appointment for an emergency passport through the website, based on the following criteria: Your trip is scheduled within the next 2 weeks or the Israeli visa in your US passport will expire within 30 days (or for newborns without an Israeli visa).
  • All requests for urgent appointments must be submitted through this new system; Those who contact the Consular Sections by email or phone for urgent appointments will be redirected to this website.
  • Appointments will be posted weekly on the same day and time – passport and CRBA appointments will now be available weekly on Wednesdays between 3 pm and 4 pm There may be a small number of appointments available at other times as they are canceled appointments, but large blocks will be opened during the time period indicated above.
  • Drop boxes: To save space in the waiting room, the Embassy made it mandatory to mail applications that did not require an interview. For those who do not wish to use the mail for those applications, they have established a mailbox in Jerusalem.
  • Video interviews for children under the age of three: Those eligible for this program will be interviewed by a consular officer by video, and only one parent will need to come to the Embassy or Embassy Branch to pay, send original documents and sign. . the applications.

The Jewish Agency for Israel estimated that more than 20,000 olim (new immigrants) from 70 different countries immigrated to Israel in 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gadi Zaig contributed to this report.


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