U.S. Consulate General, Edinburgh

US consulate Edinburgh

 

U.S. Consulate General Edinburgh
E-newsletter
April 2018
 

 

Dear Friends,
Our E-newsletter aims to keep you up to date with any news and events which may affect Americans.  Feel free to forward this e-mail to friends or co-workers.  Please follow us on Twitter @USAinScotland to learn more about our work here.


 
Message from Principal Officer Wilson


 
It’s spring here at the Consulate General, as you can no doubt tell from the balmy Scottish weather.  I’m hoping everyone has a wonderful Easter, Passover, Nowruz, and/or vernal equinox!  The kids are out of school, the sun may or may not come out, and I hear snow is in the forecast, but the daffodils have bloomed and I know that spring can’t be far behind.
As we set our clocks forward last weekend (and were definitely feeling it Monday morning!), this is an opportunity to mention a few other spring changes. As you’ll see further down, we now have a new option to press when you’re looking to speak with someone at the Consulate General.  There are also changes to payment options for passports by mail, and a fee increase for DS-11 applications.  These were all necessary changes, but we know change can take time to sink in.  So if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to drop us a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ask.  We’ll be here!

Also on the topic of changes, this is my third spring in Scotland, which means that sadly my time here will soon be drawing to a close.  My family and I will be departing in July, but hoping to get to every last bit of Scotland we can before then!  It’s been an absolutely wonderful three years, and we’ll always have Scotland in our hearts.  We’ll be back in sunny Washington DC, so don’t hesitate to look us up if you’re in the neighborhood!
Happy Spring,
Susan A. Wilson
 


Contact Details Update


Please note our telephone contact numbers have recently been updated
 
Address                                                                                                    Telephone, Fax & Email
U.S. Consulate General Edinburgh                                                          Phone:  [+44] (0)131 556 8315
3 Regent Terrace                                                                         Fax:  [+44] (0)131 557 6023 
Edinburgh                                                                                                 Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
EH7 5BW                     
 
 
Website  https://uk.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/edinburgh/
 
 
Twitter  @USAinScotland
 
Opening Hours
Monday – Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm
Closed Saturday, Sunday and U.S. and U.K. public holidays
 
During Office Hours Contact:
    •    From the UK - 0131 556 8315, select option 4
    •    From the U.S. - 011 44 131 556 8315, select option 4
    •    International dialing code + 44 131 556 8315, select option 4
 
After Hours Contact:
    •    From the UK - 020 7499 9000 (Embassy switchboard)
    •    From the U.S. - 011 44 20 7499 9000
    •    International dialing code +44 20 7499 9000


 
Renewing an Adult Passport – Form DS-82


If you meet the following criteria you are eligible to renew your passport by mail through the U.S. Consulate General Edinburgh:
    1    Your passport was valid for 10 years;
    2    Your passport was issued within the last 15 years;
    3    Your passport is in good condition;
    4    Your passport was issued in your current name or you have changed your name and can submit legal documentation (e.g. marriage certificate, Statutory Declaration) to prove this change.
 


You can mail your renewal application to the U.S. Consulate General Edinburgh using the address:


 
Passport-by-Mail Service
American Citizen Services
U.S. Consulate General Edinburgh
3 Regent Terrace
Edinburgh
EH7 5BW
 
The passport must be sent using the Royal Mail Special Delivery service and you must enclose a prepaid (up to 500g), self-addressed Royal Mail Special Delivery envelope for your new passport to be mailed to you securely.
 
If you have a social security number (SSN) you must write this in box 5 of the application form.  If you have never been issued a social security number you must provide a signed and dated statement that includes the phrase, “I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the following is true and correct: I have never been issued a Social Security number by the Social Security Administration.”
 
Payment must be made by International Money Order payable to “U.S. Disbursing Officer” for the exact dollar amount.  We are aware that banks such as Lloyds, Santander and Royal Bank of Scotland can issue International Money orders but these institutions may require that you hold an account with them to offer these services.
 
If, for any reason, you meet the above criteria but would prefer to apply for your passport in person you can do so during our counter service hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 1:30-2:30pm. No appointment is necessary.
 
Our turnaround time for applications is approximately 3 weeks.
 
 
 
For full instructions and to download the applicable forms please visit our website: https://uk.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/u-s-passports/how-to-renew-a-passport/
 
 
Other Services


 
If you do not meet the criteria for renewing your passport by mail, you will have to book an appointment online, selecting the option for residents of Scotland, to apply in person at the Consulate General Edinburgh, https://uk.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/u-s-passports/.


 
The following American Citizen Services can also be booked by appointment online at: https://uk.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/


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Passport Execution Fee Changes


On/From April 2, 2018 the passport execution fee will increase from $25 to $35. Please note the $10 fee increase is only applicable to applicants using the DS-11 form.
The fee change comes as a result of the Department of State’s latest Cost of Service Model, which revealed/showed that the costs associated with passport execution were higher than the current fee of $25.
For further information on the passport execution fee increase, please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/passports/execution-fee-increases.html

 

Voting


Are you interested in assisting US citizens who wish to vote overseas? Are you part of an organization/group that may have an interest in learning about overseas voting as a US citizen? We would love to hear from you to discuss whether there might be some opportunities for learning more about voting overseas. Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
For more general information on how individuals can register as an overseas voter please see the links below for voter information:
https://www.fvap.gov/
https://www.usa.gov/voting


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Public Holidays 2017-2018


The Consulate will be closed for public holidays on the following days (see final column):

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General Inquiries
 
If you have any inquiries regarding information in our newsletter, or any other issues we may be able to address, please contact us via our information email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  It is monitored regularly, and we strive to respond to all requests promptly.  The consulate continues to accept routine applications for American Citizen Services on Tuesdays and Wednesdays - these are by appointment only, please follow the instructions online to book.
 

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