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US Embassy Moving and Re-opening

Posted By: Marty

US Embassy Moving and Re-opening - 10/31/06 09:30 PM

The U.S. Embassy in Belize City will transfer its operations to the new Embassy in Belmopan in November, 2006. To meet the demands of this move, the Consular Unit will be closed to the public beginning November 13 through November 24, 2006. U.S. citizens requiring emergency assistance during this time should call the U.S. Embassy Belize City phone number (country code 501) 227-7161 which will be manned 24 hours a day during the closure. Emergency phone calls will be routed to the Duty Officer for assistance.

All consular operations will re-open on November 27, 2006, 8:00 a.m. at the new Embassy in Belmopan which is located on Floral Park Road. Hours of Operation will be:

American Citizen Services, including Notarials

Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., and 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Friday 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Non-Immigrant Visas

Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Immigrant Visas

Monday through Thursday 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

For additional information prior to November 15, please contact Cindy Gregg, consul, at 227-7161, ext 222.

If you are planning to visit Belize, please register with our Embassy by accessing http://www.travel.state.gov. This website will also provide you important information regarding safety practices while traveling abroad
Posted By: Laguna Punta

Re: US Embassy Moving and Re-opening - 10/31/06 10:09 PM

Isn't that convenient.
Posted By: Kra-Z-K

Re: US Embassy Moving and Re-opening - 11/01/06 03:46 AM

soooooooo sucks, I have not been looking forward to this. Does anyone know if I can get more pages in my passport by going to the US Embassy in Belize or do I have to do it in the US? I have heard both and I am going to Belmopan Thur for something so wondering if I should wait that LONG wait there to do it.
Posted By: Kra-Z-K

Re: US Embassy Moving and Re-opening - 11/01/06 03:49 AM

and now those who want to apply for a US VISA have to spend that much more and more time going three times back and forth. I can't believe one would have to spend that much money and time to go to Belmopan and they aren't even sure they are going to get the VISA. What b.s.
Posted By: Uncle Buck

Re: US Embassy Moving and Re-opening - 11/01/06 04:11 AM

You can get more pages added at the Embassy in Belize. It takes about 20 minutes, and is a rather painless process.
UB
Posted By: dabunk

Re: US Embassy Moving and Re-opening - 11/01/06 06:48 PM

That certainly is better hours for US citizens. Before we could only go in during the afternoon hours of our own embassy.
Posted By: Katie Valk

Re: US Embassy Moving and Re-opening - 11/01/06 10:30 PM

I mean, they can't issue visas til Nov 24th, not sure what other services will be affected.
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: US Embassy Moving and Re-opening - 11/01/06 10:34 PM

I was informed that in order for Belizeans to obtain a visa the multiple visits are no longer necessary; rather, the application process is completed on line and then a single interview appointment is scheduled, requiring only one visit. I am trying to help a friend get a visa and would like to accompany that person to Belmopan for the final interview. Does anyone know for certain what the process is after the move, whether I can obtain information from the embassy via email or whether I will need to call them, and whether specific appointment dates can be requested?
Posted By: Kra-Z-K

Re: US Embassy Moving and Re-opening - 11/01/06 11:35 PM

The three visits is now down to two, this is a good point. You can fill out the application as of this past month online and a single interview is scheduled. The silly catch is they tell you if you are approved or not right then and to come back the next day to pick up the VISA. You are not allowed to attend the interview with your friend however interviews are typically 5-10 minutes. There is a lot of documentation which will better your friends chances of getting it and it shouldn't matter if you are there or not. In fact when I went they put me on the other side of the waiting area where I could only wave to the person I went with. They want to hear directly from the person to see what their intent is for going to the states without any help.

Here is a great way to contact them, they always reply within a day and are very informative.

C. Gregg
[email protected]
Posted By: Kra-Z-K

Re: US Embassy Moving and Re-opening - 11/02/06 02:33 AM

the absolutely most important thing they asked for from the person I went with and a friend I have who just left yesterday was a bank account with plenty of funds and if the person owned a business or property. If they have no bank account, they should open one and if possible put money in it temp to show funds.
Posted By: Kra-Z-K

Re: US Embassy Moving and Re-opening - 11/02/06 02:47 AM

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Originally posted by dabunk:
That certainly is better hours for US citizens. Before we could only go in during the afternoon hours of our own embassy.
what are the current hours? I want to go tomorrow for more pages after Belmopan and can only find hours for non citizens.
Posted By: dabunk

Re: US Embassy Moving and Re-opening - 11/02/06 03:06 AM

Us citizens can only go in the afternoon after 1:30 as I remember. We had to go in a couple of weeks ago to get pages added to our passports.
Posted By: Kra-Z-K

Re: US Embassy Moving and Re-opening - 11/02/06 03:55 AM

do you work there? you said "we had a couple..." just wondering. THANK you very much, this is perfect cause I am headed to wonderful Belmopan at 9am and plan to be there until 12pm.
Posted By: Katie Valk

Re: US Embassy Moving and Re-opening - 11/02/06 12:02 PM

Embassy computers shut down a few days ago and they closed the consular section for the next 3 or more weeks. Embassy is still in Belize City. Emergency services.
Posted By: Kra-Z-K

Re: US Embassy Moving and Re-opening - 11/03/06 12:55 AM

thanks. I didn't make it anyways, was in Belmopan until 4pm and to BZE at 5pm.
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