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Dated: July 23, 2021 American Citizen Services has now resumed its operation for all non-emergency services. US Citizens with emergencies can call at 014234000 or walk-in during office hour 8 am-5 pm.
One can become a U.S. Citizen through a variety of means—birth in the United States, birth abroad to a U.S. citizen parent, or through the naturalization process. For all of these, a specific series of legal requirements must be met. At the U.S. Embassy in Nepal, we can provide certification of U.S. citizenship for eligible individuals born abroad to U.S. citizen parents. We also process Certificates of Loss of Nationality for those U.S. citizens who would like to give up their U.S. citizenship or believe that they have expatriated themselves.
International parental child abduction is the removal or retention of a child outside their country of habitual residence in breach of another parent or guardian’s custody rights.
One of the highest priorities of the Department of State and U.S. embassies and consulates abroad is to provide assistance to U.S. citizens incarcerated abroad. The Department of State is committed to ensuring fair and humane treatment for U.S. citizens imprisoned overseas. We stand ready to assist incarcerated citizens and their families within the limits of our authority in accordance with international, domestic, and foreign law.
When an U.S. citizen dies abroad, the Bureau of Consular Affairs assists the family and friends. The Bureau of Consular Affairs attempts to locate and inform the next-of-kin of the U.S. citizen’s death. The Bureau of Consular Affairs provides information on how to make arrangements for local burial or return of the remains to the United States. The disposition of remains is subject to U.S. and local (foreign) law, U.S. and foreign customs requirements, and the foreign country facilities, which are often vastly different from those in the United States.
If you are the victim of a crime or know of a crime committed against a US citizen in Nepal, contact the Embassy by calling +977-1-423-4000. During normal business hours, tell the operator that you have a US citizen emergency and ask to be transferred to the American Citizen Services Unit. After normal business hours, describe your U.S. citizen emergency to the operator and ask to be connected with the Duty Officer, who is on-call at all times for emergency situations involving the life and safety of U.S. citizens, but cannot assist in any way with visa inquiries or routine services. If the primary number does not work, you can also call the analog back-up number, +977-01-400-7200. In non-emergency cases, please email ConsKTM@state.gov for follow-up the next business day. From the United States, you can contact the Office of Overseas Citizens Services at 1-888-407-4747 (during business hours) or 202-647-5225 (after hours). Crimes should also be reported to local police by dialing 100.
The most efficient way to get money to a U.S. citizen in Nepal is to deposit money in that person’s U.S. bank account and have the person withdraw the money in Nepal using an ATM card. Friends or family in the United States can also book hotel rooms, plane tickets, etc, online and pay with a credit card.
Consular Affairs (CA) is the public face of the Department of State for millions of people around the world. We provide many services, and the most common are listed below.
The Embassy’s American Citizen Services unit has limited ability to assist American or Nepali citizens with Social Security applications or claims. The nearest Social Security Administration office that serves Nepal is located at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines. You can contact the Federal Benefits Unit in Manila directly: Social Security Administration U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines Phone: +63-2-5301-2000 (open from 8:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M., Tuesdays and Thursdays, except on Philippine and U.S. holidays) Fax: +63-2-8708-9723 E-Mail: FBU.Manila@ssa.gov Social Security Administration United States Embassy 1201 Roxas Boulevard Ermita, Manila 0930 Philippines While we highly recommend direct deposit of Social Security payments into a U.S. bank account, the Embassy can receive and distribute Social Security and other Federal Benefit checks to eligible recipients living in Nepal.
Service members, Veterans, and their beneficiaries can apply for benefits services on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) website at www.va.gov. The Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) can also be of assistance if Veterans and beneficiaries have questions about benefits and services.
If you are a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident (green card holder), you are responsible for filing U.S. federal income tax returns while abroad. You will find useful information on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website, such as Frequently Asked Questions about taxes or how to apply for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). If you are a U.S. government employee working overseas, you cannot claim the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion. For additional information, visit the IRS website.
U.S. embassies and consulates overseas assist the Selective Service System with its registration program abroad.
Now all U.S. citizens can receive their blank ballots electronically. Depending on the state in which you are eligible to vote, you may get your ballot by email, fax, or internet download. To start, go to www.FVAP.gov to complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), print and sign the form then return it to your local election office in the United States. We recommend overseas U.S. citizens get in the habit of completing FPCAs each January. You should include your email address on the form so it’s easier for your election officials to reach you if there is a problem. If your state delivers ballots electronically by fax only, be sure to include your fax number. If you request electronic delivery and include your email address or fax number, you’ll receive your blank ballot 45 days before general and mid-term elections and generally 30 days before special, primary, and run-off elections for federal offices.
The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the entities or individuals whose names appear on the following lists. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department or the U.S. government. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. The information on the list is provided directly by the local service providers; the Department is not in a position to vouch for such information.Legal assistance Medical Assistance Notarial Services
Please note: The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the entities or individuals whose names appear on the following lists. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department or the U.S. government. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. The information on the list is provided directly by the local service providers; the Department is not in a position to vouch for such information. You may receive additional information about the individuals by contacting the local bar association or the local licensing authorities.
Tourists come to Nepal for some of the most exciting – and potentially dangerous – adventures in the world. Mountain climbing, trekking, whitewater rafting, and the many other outdoor activities available in Nepal can present health and safety problems, including altitude sickness, that can be hard to treat in remote locations. Even more commonly, basic health problems like gastrointestinal ailments affect both tourists and residents. Additional information about health issues in Nepal is provided in the Country Specific Information available at Travel.State.Gov.
American citizens, Legal Permanent residents, and foreign nationals often require the services of an official U.S. notary public. The Embassy currently provides limited notarial services to citizens and non-citizens on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It is necessary to schedule an online appointment for any notarial service. Please do not sign up for this service unless you are requesting a notary. If you are seeking other services or have a visa question, please refer to the appropriate section in our website. By scheduling a notary appointment, you will be taking a limited appointment slot away from a person who needs this service.
American citizens who wish to learn more about adopting from Nepal may visit http://adoptions.state.gov. The U.S. Department of State’s Intercountry Adoption website includes general information about intercountry adoption from Nepal, as well as special notices.
A child born outside the United States to a U.S. citizen parent or parents may be eligible for U.S. citizenship if the parent(s) meets the requirements for transmitting U.S. citizenship under the Immigration and Nationality Act. U.S. citizens eligible to transmit citizenship are required to file for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA).
Congratulations on your upcoming marriage! Anyone who wishes to marry a Nepali Citizen in Nepal must meet the Government of Nepal’s requirements for a marriage to be legally-binding. Please note that Nepali marriage law and procedure can be complicated. We recommend that you consult an attorney or other expert with specific questions.
If you are concerned about the welfare and whereabouts of a U.S. citizen friend or family member in Nepal, or if you are unable to contact them in an emergency, the Embassy can help.
Some visitors to Nepal want to volunteer at orphanages or other organizations in an effort to help disadvantaged persons, including children. Others try to help by donating cash or goods. While Embassy Kathmandu applauds this generous spirit, we take seriously reports that many such opportunities – especially those involving volunteer opportunities at orphanages or “children’s homes” – are not in fact charities. Instead, they are profit-making enterprises set up to attract donations from overseas and financial support from volunteers. Many of the children are reportedly not orphans, and volunteering at such an organization may indirectly contribute to child exploitation.
The Embassy can provide fingerprinting services on a limited basis, only for the cases referred by the USCIS (U.S. Citizens Immigration System) office including overseas adoption. If you need fingerprinting services, please email at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment on a Tuesday or Friday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. You must provide your full name, date of birth, passport number, as well as your current height and weight.
American citizens conducting routine business in Nepal are sometimes asked to present a “Letter of Introduction” or “No Objection Letter” from the Embassy. These requests are common, for example, when a U.S. citizen tries to buy a vehicle in Nepal or apply for a visa to a third country. Please note that the Embassy does not issue individual letters and Embassy permission is not, in reality, required for these purposes.