2015 YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship
Seven Swazis have been invited to participate in the second annual Mandela Washington Fellowship of the Young African Leaders Initiative. These young Swazi leaders will travel to the USA this June with nearly 500 other young African leaders for a six week program at one of 20 U.S. universities.
USG awards over E600,000 in Self Help Grants
Last week Ambassador James awarded Self Help Fund grants totaling E670, 000 to eleven community based organizations working in various areas throughout Swaziland. The grants are awarded based on community contribution, which can take the form of material, labor, or other demonstration of local engagement.
Sweet Honey in the Rock comes to Swaziland
The Embassy brought the all-female African American a cappella quintet Sweet Honey in the Rock to Swaziland to participate in this year’s MTN Bushfire Festival. The group also participated at the Bush Fire School Festival where they gave a performance and shared some of their own experiences with Swazi students.
Self Help Grantees sell their wares
Self-Help fund grantees brought their wares to sell to the Embassy community. The Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund is an initiative by the U.S. Embassy to assist local communities to implement small-scale, income-generating projects. These are projects that empower Swazis to provide better and healthier lives for themselves.
The Embassy helps prepare students for the workplace.
Three students from Manzini Nazarene High School recently completed a job shadow experience at the Embassy. The program organized by JA Swaziland had the students visiting each of the departments to learn about the work of an Embassy and of diplomacy and international relations more broadly.
Consular section experiences technical issues
The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with its visa systems. This issue is not specific to any particular country or visa category. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working urgently to correct the problem and restore full operability.
Currently, we are unable to print most immigrant and nonimmigrant visas approved after June 8, 2015. In addition, U.S. embassies and consulates are unable to process new applications submitted on or after June 9, 2015. Individuals with visa interview appointments scheduled for June 14-20, 2015, should reschedule their appointments if they submitted a DS-160 online application after June 9, 2015. Appointments can be rescheduled by following the instructions located on our website. Individuals who submitted their DS-160 online applications prior to June 9, 2015, should plan to attend their scheduled visa interview appointments. Those with urgent travel should follow the instructions for expedited emergency appointment found on http://swaziland.usembassy.gov/visas/expedited-visa-appointments.html.
The technical issues also affected the Department of State’s ability to adjudicate applications for U.S. passports accepted overseas between May 26 and June 14, 2015. If you applied for a U.S. passport overseas during this time frame and have travel plans within the next 10 business days, please consider requesting an emergency passport at the U.S. embassy or consulate at which you originally applied. Information about how to apply for an emergency passport is available at the following: http://swaziland.usembassy.gov/passports.html.
The Consular Section is pleased to begin walk-in hours for American Citizen Services on Tuesdays from 8:30 – 11:00. Please ensure that you have U.S. government issued identity documents (passport, driver license, birth certificate) with you in order to be allowed access for services.
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