Filipino community leaders working with consuls on passport expirations

Because of the many opportunities available for them in the territory, more and more Filipinos are choosing to settle down in American Samoa.

For many of them, this means they are limited in the number of times they can travel home to visit family members and friends. One key reason is the expiration of their passports.

In response, the local Filipino community leaders are working with the consul from off island to assist with this issue.

The consul’s representatives are set to arrive in mid-August and will conduct passport renewals August 26-28.

The outreach is for any Filipino residing in American Samoa with an expired passport and in need of a renewal. This is also a great opportunity for Filipinos to ask any questions they might have regarding immigration issues.

According to group president Ray Sello, the program will be conducted on a "first come, first served’’ basis, to keep everything structured and organized. It will be held at the old warehouse in Tafuna across from Napa.

New officers and board members for the local Filipino community were recently elected and next month's consul visit is one of many programs they hope to offer, for their people.

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