Monthly Archives: December 2013

David Embassy Outreach Today

IMG_0821IMG_0822I dropped in on the Embassy Outreach at one PM and hung around until about two PM. There were well over 50 people that were there for various needs. I hope everyone got taken care of, but it looked iffy when I left.

I enjoyed meeting and talking to several people that were there. It was also good to know that enough people read the CC Embassy announcements and it convinced me that posting them is worthwhile.

A few people were surprised that they needed photocopies of all documents to be submitted, however, I went back and read the Embassy’s message and they had clearly stated that copies needed to be provided.

There were many documents on had for several different needs. I picked up the paper describing the process for getting a Panama Driver’s license and posted it in a previous post.

Getting a Panamanian Driver’s License

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At the Embassy Outreach today I picked up the directions that the Embassy was giving out related to getting a Panamanian driver’s license after having your US license authenticated.

This is the recommended way to get your license. I do not recommend your planning to avoid a trip to Panama City and going for the test. I know some people that have taken over two years to get their license.

If you are not fluent in Spanish, it is not easy. Also, if you start down that path, you can’t change your mind and use the Embassy authentication method. You will have to past the test.

I am attaching a copy of the Embassy’s handout.

Sometimes you have to burn a few bridges just to keep the crazies from following you.

I used to wonder what it was like to read people’s minds
But now that I have a Facebook account I’m over it.

Thinking Out Loud

As most of you know, I post the American Citizens Services (ACS) messages on this blog, on the Gringos of David Yahoo site and on Boquete Ning. These messages are messages I receive and distribute to inform US Citizens of happenings around the world and in Panama as sent by the US Embassy in Panama City. If you are registered with STEP, you will receive most of the same messages I receive.

Some are related to Outreach meetings as recently posted. Some have been related to the Proof of Life issue that affects anyone receiving some sort of US financial benefit (SS, Military retirement pay, etc.). Some are warning for US citizens traveling to foreign countries. Some are other messages that may be of interest to US Citizens.

Since it is just information, it can be taken or it can be ignored. However there are some individuals that like to take these posts as an opportunity to lash out at the US government, badmouth the Embassy, or shoot the messenger. Often, they use nicknames to prevent their real names being associated with their comments.

The unfortunate outcome is that some of the comments can convince US citizens living in Panama to avoid registering with the Embassy through the STEP program. The common theme of their thinking is that they will remain under the radar and the US will not know that they are in Panama.

Unless they are entering Panama with other than a US passport, the US already knows they are here.The passport also provides a good record of how long one is in the US or outside the US. Continue reading Thinking Out Loud

David, Chiriqui outreach Rescheduled for December 26

The Outreach will be from 1:00 PM until 3:30 PM.

Hello again wardens!

We were approved for the reschedule of our trip.  We will be in David on Thursday 26 Dec.  We will maintain the same schedule as originally planned and will provide the same services as advertised previously.

I just wanted to let you know that ACS will be in David next Wednesday Thursday, 26 Dec 2013.  We will do a 2.5 hour outreach at Hotel Nacional in David.  Please see attachments for information and please disseminate to your area residents.  We will send a message to US Citizens on Monday.  Please note we will only provide the following services:

1.         U.S. passport renewal applications

2.         Additional Visa Pages

3.         Notarial Services

Respectfully,

Chris Reyes

Vice-Consul, ACS Chief

U.S. Embassy, Panama

IMPORTANT NOTICE

  1. Please bring photocopies of all documents to be submitted.
  2. Please bring the exact cash amount to pay for the service.
  3. Please bring the completed form.  Please access the following link for information on fees, and forms you need to download, complete and bring:  http://panama.usembassy.gov/service.html

 

Here is information you will need for Passport related items. Continue reading David, Chiriqui outreach Rescheduled for December 26

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