Yesterday’s update by the U.S. Embassy caused me to want to do some more Google Investigation.
I am going to pass on some of the things I learned from my research. “You’ve just hit a “pay wall.”
Now, in no way is this a suggestion that you use this information, and please understand that I am doing this on my own and it is not sanctioned by the U.S. Embassy in Panama City.
With that caveat, when you review the POL url that the Embassy provided, you will notice that all forms referenced on their page were by number and no web addresses for the forms were provided. They did provide the web address for all contact information for the FBU.
Of course, I decided to see what I would find if I slipped SSA-7162 into Google and up popped the form. I assume that will be what the Embassy will send me if I don’t receive the form by mail by October.
If you read the form, I think you will find that it easy to fill out.
Continuing my search on the Internet I found the following:
This is the FEP (Foreign Enforcement Program) and provides some explanation for its existence.You will also notice that the forms used are the ones referenced by the Embassy’s site.
Still I don’t like the fact that I am going to wind up needing to get a form and printing it and filling it out by hand. I like PDF forms I can fill out on the PC. My writing is not the best.
There are utilities that can be downloaded to enable you to fill in PDF files. I removed the previous part of this post with a PDF filler site because it required a fee. I am still researching a good PDF filler tool . If you use one, let me know. I think GIMP may work.
For now, I will just print the form, fill it out and then sign it. The difference for me and some other U.S. citizens in Panama, is that I am in contact with ACS personal on a weekly basis and they know me.
I am going to mail it to the FBU in Panama City. I may follow up the mailing to PC with a phone call in a week or so to verify that it has been received.
If you are not known by the FBU, then contacting them, as they request, is in order.
Let me restate, this is not a recommended procedure that has been accepted or suggested by the Embassy in PC. However, I don’t see why it won’t work.
Let me also say, what I have described assumes that you are on record previously with the SSA as having an in-country address. If you have a noncompliant address or have recently moved to Panama, you need to reference the change of address Embassy URL.
For change of address, if you live in Panama City, they want to see you. If you live in the boonies, like David or Boquete, they ask you to contact them for special instructions. I have no idea what those instructions might be.
In closing, I am not going to connect this post to any of the previous POL posts, like I normally would. I am also not going to post it on any of the Yahoo groups or Boquete Ning either.
One final comment. It is up to you to decide how you are going to handle this situation. Feel free to use any suggestions made by others. Feel free to fax forms to the International Office if you desire.
I will just remind you that if something gets screwed up, like the person at the International Office was pissed off that day and did not record the form you sent them, it will be the Panama City FBU that will have to come to your rescue.
It might make sense to make an effort to get to know some of your Embassy personnel ahead of time.