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  • Astana: U.S. and Kazakhstan Celebrate Visa Agreement Anniversary

    One year ago on August 1, 2013, Kazakhstan and the United States implemented a five-year validity visa agreement, simplifying travel between the two countries and resulting in record numbers of visa applications. Kazakhstan is the first country in Central Asia to enjoy a five-year visa validity agreement with the U.S., and the U.S. is the first country in the world to enter into a five-year validity visa agreement with Kazakhstan. 

  • Madrid: U.S. Joins Crowdfunding Effort for Mentoring Network

    The U.S. Department of State and RocketHub, an online crowdfunding platform, have created a pilot partnership focused on accelerating projects from the Department’s Alumni Engagement and Innovation Fund (AEIF) to support innovative solutions to the world’s toughest challenges. Titled “AEIF 2.0,” this new initiative will provide visibility, support sustainability, and accelerate the social impact of exceptional alumni projects. 

  • Ottawa: New Mobile Passport Control App Available

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection has launched the first authorized app to expedite a traveler’s entry process into the United States. Mobile Passport Control (MPC) will allow eligible travelers to submit their passport information and customs declaration form via a smartphone or tablet prior to CBP inspection. MPC offers U.S. citizens and Canadian visitors a more efficient and secure in-person inspection between the CBP officer and the traveler upon arrival.  Read more  »

  • Vientiane: U.S. Embassy Cosponsors Documentary Film Contest

    The US Embassy and the Luang Prabang Film Festival are teaming up to give local filmmakers a chance to show their passion and skill via the American Film Week's short documentary film contest. The winners will have the opportunity to have their films screened at the American Film Week October 1‐5. Submissions for the contest are due no later than 29 September 2014. For more information, message the embassy on Facebook.  Embassy Vientiane on Facebook »

  • Yaounde: AWEP -- Women Reshaping Africa

    Caroline Kendem was always "very much attracted by fashion." Kendem, CEO of Rouge Papaye Lingerie, will be traveling to the U.S. in August as part of the African Women's Entrepreneurship Program, a State Department initiative aimed at increasing African trade regionally and to U.S. markets, and boosting African businesswomen's capacity to improve their communities. AWEP will bring 40 women to Washington and will include a visit to a trade fair where the entrepreneurs can network. 

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