U.S. Embassy (Kingston) Moves to New Location

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All offices of the United States Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica, with the exception of USAID and Peace Corps, will be moving the week of December 11-15, from their current locations at 2 and 16 Oxford Road, to the new U.S. Embassy building at 142 Old Hope Road in Liguanea. The Embassy plans to re-open for normal operations Monday, Dec. 18, with the important changes below.

Consular Services Notice
During the week of December 11, the American Citizen Services Unit (ACS) will only be open for routine services on Wednesday and Thursday, December 13 and 14 from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. ACS will remain available for emergency services throughout the move. American citizens requiring emergency assistance during this period should contact the Embassy at (876) 935-6000. ACS will reopen permanently on Monday, December 18 with new public hours from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m., Monday to Friday. As always, all consular offices are closed to the public on U.S. and Jamaican holidays.

Important Visa Processing Changes

As a result of the move, effective December 8, 2006, no walk-in visa services of any kind will be provided. All persons seeking visa services, including non immigrant visa renewals and immigrant visa information, must have an appointment, without exception.

All visa services will be temporarily suspended beginning at noon on Friday, December 8. Limited visa services will resume on Wednesday, December 13. All available non immigrant visa appointments will be posted online and applicants should check the Embassy's website at kingston.usembassy.gov for available appointment times.

Persons requesting emergency non immigrant visa services should follow the guidance on the website and send a request to kingstonvisas@state.gov. Only a limited number of emergency appointments will be available from December 13 to December 15. We plan to reopen for normal visa services on the morning of Monday, December 18.

Information regarding pending immigrant visa cases will now be provided by appointment only. Persons requiring these services should check the Embassy's website for guidance and submit a request for an appointment to KingstonIVInfo@state.gov.

Access and Security Requirements for Visitors to the U.S. Embassy
All visitors to the Consular section, including all visa applicants and U.S. citizens, must enter the new facilities via a dedicated consular entrance on Old Hope Road. All visitors to the Embassy are required to undergo a security check. Electronic items, including cell phones, beepers, and pagers, are prohibited on the Embassy compound and should be secured elsewhere before entering the Embassy. The Embassy reserves the right to limit the entry of possessions, and does not have the means to store these items.

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