American Citizen Services Newsletter

ACS Newsletter: June 2017

AMERICAN CITIZEN SERVICES
U.S. EMBASSY SEOUL

This newsletter is a public service for U.S. citizens in the Republic of Korea. Please feel free to share this newsletter with other U.S. citizens.

Table of Contents

  1. Upcoming Special Elections
  2. References for Victims and Those in Need of Legal Assistance
  3. Enroll in STEP
  4. Embassy Warden Program
  5. Check out the American Citizen Services Blog

1. Upcoming Special Elections

If you’d like more information on the Federal Voting Assistance Program or need help with the absentee voting process please go to FVAP.gov or call FVAP at 703-588-1584 (toll free 1-800-438-VOTE or DSN 425-1584) or email vote@fvap.gov.

Alabama Special Primary Election Scheduled for August 15

The State of Alabama will conduct a special primary election on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, for the office of U.S. Senator to replace Jeff Sessions. The special runoff election will be held on September 26, 2017. The special general election will be held on December 12, 2017. Register and request an absentee ballot at fvap.gov/alabama.

Utah Special Primary Election Scheduled for August 15

The State of Utah will conduct a special primary election on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, for the 3rd Congressional District to replace Jason Chaffetz who announced he will resign from Congress on June 30. This district consists of Carbon, Emery, Grand, San Juan and Wasatch counties as well as portions of Salt Lake and Utah counties. The special general election will be held on November 7, 2017. To register and request an absentee ballot or for detailed instructions and county contact information visit fvap.gov/utah .

  1. References for Victims and Those in Need of Legal Assistance

The U.S. Embassy website at https://kr.usembassy.gov may provide helpful information for American Victims of Crime in South Korea or for those seeking an attorney.

Seoul Global Center for Foreigners (Help Center for Foreigners) provides free legal consultations every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2:30-5:00 p.m. (appointments recommended). This center is operated by the City of Seoul. Contact the center via their website at http://global.seoul.go.kr or by phone at 02-2075-4130 ext. 1 or e-mail: hotline@seoul.go.kr.

  1. Enroll in STEP

The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

  • Receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country, helping you make informed decisions about your travel plans.
  • Help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency.
  • Help family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency.
  1. Embassy Warden Program

Protecting Americans overseas is vital part of our mission and is a duty we take very seriously. Our Embassy Wardens are essential to this mission by alerting Americans of emergency situations and by passing along information from the Embassy. Wardens also notify us about individual US citizens in trouble and about other issues that affect the American community here in Korea. Please contact SeoulInfoACS@state.gov to learn more.

  1. Check out the American Citizen Services Blog

Our ACS blog located at https://usembassyseoulconsular.wordpress.com is another source of useful information. Entries focus on advice and resources for frequently asked questions on everything from divorce to passport regulations.