Newsletter (August 8, 2019)

Featured in this issue:

  1. Connect with U.S. Mission Turkey online!
  2. Is my baby a U.S. citizen?
  3. Social Security services at the Regional Federal Benefits Unit
  4. Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers update
  5. Financial scams to watch out for
  6. Voting overseas
  7. Holidays
  8. Contacts and information

U.S. Citizen Services in Turkey: https://tr.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/
Turkey Travel Advisory:  https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/turkey-travel-advisory.html
Worldwide Caution: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/worldwide-caution.html
Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP):https://step.state.gov/step/

  1. Connect with U.S. Mission Turkey online!

tr.usembassy.gov
travel.state.gov
facebook.com/usdos.turkey
facebook.com/istanbul.usconsulate
facebook.com/adana.usconsulate
twitter.com/USEmbassyTurkey
twitter.com/ABDIstanbul
instagram.com/abdbuyukelciligi
instagram.com/abdbaskonsoloslugu
instagram.com/abdadanakonsoloslugu
youtube.com/user/USEmbassyTurkey
youtube.com/user/USConsulateIstanbul

  1. Is my baby a U.S. citizen?

If you are a U.S. citizen and have a child born outside of the United States, we may be able to document your child’s U.S. citizenship with a Consular Report of Birth Abroad.  Please follow this link to see if you can transmit your U.S. citizenship to your child: https://tr.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/child-family-matters/birth/

More information can be found at the U.S. Department of State website here:
https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/travel-legal-considerations/us-citizenship/Acquisition-US-Citizenship-Child-Born-Abroad.htmlYou can apply for the Consular Report of Birth Abroad and your child’s first U.S. passport at the same time.

  1. Social Security services at the Regional Federal Benefits Unit

Social Security issues for U.S. citizens living in Turkey are handled remotely by the Regional Federal Benefits Office in Athens, Greece.  We do not have a Social Security Administration office at the U.S. Embassy Ankara.  If you live in Turkey and need to apply for a social security number, change your address, receive federal retirement benefits or other services, you should contact the Regional Federal Benefits Unit in Athens (Athens FBU) using their email form: https://gr.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/social-security/fbu-inquiry-form/

In an important change, the Athens FBU will no longer have a phone number, starting this summer.  The online inquiry form is the best way to contact the Athens FBU office.  You can also review the “Frequently Asked Questions” section of their website here: https://gr.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/social-security/faqs_fbu2/

  1. Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers update

The Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) is for taxpayers who do not have a Social Security Number (SSN), including many tax filers overseas.  Some ITINs will expire soon.  For example, if you have not used your ITIN on a tax return at least once in the last three years, it may expire on December 31, 2019.  For further information on which numbers may expire and instructions on how to renew, visit the Internal Revenue Service website:
https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/millions-more-itins-set-to-expire-in-2019-irs-says-renew-early-to-prevent-refund-delays

  1. Financial scams to watch out for

U.S. citizens can become victims of scams at home or abroad.  Never send money to someone you have not met in person. If someone you have only met online suddenly reports problems overseas and asks for money to pay medical bills, visa fees, or legal expenses, treat the request with suspicion. If you know of any American citizen in Turkey who faces a serious emergency, please direct them to call the nearest U.S. consulate or embassy at once.  More resources on international financial scams are available here:
https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/emergencies/international-financial-scams.html

  1. Voting Overseas

The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) recommends that all overseas U.S. citizens send in a completed Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) early in every year which they intend to vote.  The FPCA is the registration and ballot request form which is accepted by all states and territories.

You can use the FPCA online assistant, complete the fillable PDF version, or pick up a hard copy version from your nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.  Be sure your contact information is accurate in case your election office needs to reach you.

If you would like more information on the Federal Voting Assistance Program or need help with the absentee voting process please go to FVAP.gov, call FVAP at 703-588-1584 (toll free 1-800-438-VOTE or DSN 425-1584) or email vote@fvap.gov.  Toll-free phone numbers from 67 countries are listed at FVAP.gov.  Find FVAP on Facebook at facebook.com/DoDFVAP and follow @FVAP on Twitter.

  1. Holidays

U.S. Mission Turkey offices will be closed on the following U.S. and Turkish holidays:
Saturday, August 10 – Wednesday, August 14, Sacrifice Holiday
Friday, August 30, Victory Day
Monday, September 2, Labor Day

  1. Contacts and Information

Country-Specific Information on Turkey: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/turkey.html
Smart Travel Enrollment Program (STEP): https://step.state.gov/step/

Embassy Ankara
110 Ataturk Boulevard, Kavaklidere 06100, Ankara
Tel: (90) (312) 455-5555
Fax: (90) (312) 468-6131
https://tr.usembassy.gov/

Consulate General Istanbul
Poligon Mahallesi, Sarıyer Caddesi, No: 75, Istinye 34460, Sarıyer
Tel: (90) (212) 335-9000
Fax: (90) (212) 335-9102
https://tr.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/istanbul/

Consulate Adana
Girne Bulvari No. 212, Guzelevler Mahallesi, Yuregir
Tel: (90) (322) 455-41
Fax (90) (322) 455-4141
https://tr.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/adana/

Consular Agent Izmir
Izmir@state.gov

Federal Benefits Unit and Veterans Services (Regional – Embassy Athens)
https://athens.usembassy.gov/federal_benefits.html
FBU.Athens@ssa.gov