As you get settled into your new home in a new country it is recommended that one thing you do as early as possible is to familiarize yourself with the location, contact information and website of the US Embassy or Consulate in that particular country (or the Embassy of the country of which you are a citizen). The American Consulate is able to provide advice and assistance to American citizens living abroad pertaining to a wide range of potential issues, and it is important to know where they are located and how to contact them should the need arise.
Two very helpful websites to have at your disposal are:
- www.travel.state.gov : The U.S. Department of State’s website outlining all the services and resources made available by American Embassies and Consulates worldwide.
- www.usembassy.gov: A complete list of U.S. Embassies, Consulates and Diplomatic Missions in countries around the world.
Should you run into any issues while living in a foreign country, your local American Embassy will likely be the best place to seek assistance. Some possible scenarios they will be able to help you with include:
- Replacing a lost or stolen passport or birth certificate.
- Registering a foreign born child as an American citizen.
- Finding doctors and hospitals abroad.
- Tax information for Americans living abroad.
- Accessing benefits such as Medicare, Social Security and Veterans benefits.
- Absentee voting.
- Disaster and crisis assistance.
- Customs information.
- Many other potential issues.
The nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate can be a valuable resource for Americans living in another country, therefore we advise you to familiarize yourself with the websites listed above and keep their contact information handy when planning your International Relocation.