Embassy outreach project reaches San Ramón today

American expats in the San Ramón area have a chance today to renew their passport, get documents notarized and even register to vote in U.S. elections. Representatives of the U.S. Embassy will hold a seminar and offer these services, said the local Community Action Alliance.

The workshop will focus on services offered by the U.S. Citizen Services Department in the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy, said the Alliance. However, a representative from the federal benefits section will be there to discuss Social Security and Medicare, said the Alliance.

Recent changes regarding the embassy appointment system, new passport usage and other updates will be covered, the Alliance said, adding that the new American Citizen Services Newsletter will also be introduced. There will be some time for questions, but the focus should be on U.S. Citizen Services, said the Alliance release.

More information is on the organization’s Web site. The seminar/workshop is in the José Figueres Cultural Center in San Ramón form 10 to 11 a.m.

The embassy staff also will hold a session from 11 a.m. to noon for Costa Ricans on the procedures for obtaining a U.S. visa. Both sessions are free. However, the embassy staff will collect the normal fees for passport renewals or notarizing signatures.

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