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All regular American Citizen Services (ACS) are by appointment only. No walk-in appointments or inquiries will be accepted.
The U.S. Citizen Services (also called “American Citizen Services” or ACS) unit of the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka provides a variety of services to U.S. citizens residing in or visiting Bangladesh. Our services include but are not limited to passport assistance, Consular Reports of Birth and Death Abroad, and notarial services. Below is a list of services we provide. Select the appropriate service for yourself and follow the instructions mentioned to schedule an appointment.
Our office is located within the Embassy at 12 Madani Avenue, Baridhara, Dhaka, 1212. We are open every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 08:30-16:30. We are closed on Wednesdays and most local and U.S. holidays. We do not provide walk-in services, so please schedule an appointment online. Don’t forget to bring all required forms, documents and fees with you.
If you need an expedited appointment for emergency travel, book a tentative appointment from the slots available on our website, then send us an email to DhakaACS@state.gov. In the email, please explain the nature of your urgency and note your preferred appointment date. We will do our best to accommodate your request.
The Department of State assists U.S. citizens imprisoned overseas and works to ensure their fair and humane treatment. See more information about resources available in the case of arrest or detention.
The Department of State helps the family and friends of U.S. citizens who die abroad. We inform the U.S. citizen’s next-of-kin of the death and we provide information on arrangements for local burial or the return of remains to the United States and on disposition of estates and personal effects. We also issue a Consular Report of Death Abroad, an official record of death.
The Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues works to resolve and prevent cases of international parental child abduction and to help children and families involved in abduction cases. For more information, see our international parental child abduction page on travel.state.gov.
The Department of State helps U.S. citizens who are victims of crime overseas. We connect crime victims with police and other services and provide information and resources to assist with physical, emotional, and/or financial injuries from crime.
Are you a U.S. citizen who needs a passport?
U.S. citizens in need of emergency financial assistance while abroad should first attempt to contact their family, friends, banking institution, or employer. Our American Citizen Services unit can assist in this effort, if necessary.
Use a commercial money transfer service, such as Western Union or MoneyGram., to wire money overseas. Money transfer cost comparison tools online can help you identify the best option. The person receiving the money will need to present proof of identity such as a passport. Link text: Be wary of International Financial Scams.
When the commercial options listed above are not available or feasible, family or friends may send funds via the U.S. Department of State for delivery to a destitute U.S. citizen abroad at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. The U.S. Department of State assesses a $30 fee to establish an account and transfer funds.
Destitute U.S. citizens may be eligible for a loan from the U.S. government to travel to the United States. Repatriation loans must eventually be paid back to the U.S. government. Your U.S. passports will be limited at the time the loan is issued and in most cases you will not be issued a new passport until the loan is paid in full. Contact us for more information.
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.
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. dual citizen or U.S. citizen living outside of the United States, you can register with the Selective Service System.
If you live in Bangladesh and have questions about Social Security Administration (SSA) services, contact the SSA Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) in Manilla, Philippines.
U.S. service members, veterans, and their beneficiaries can apply for benefits on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) website. The Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) may also be able to help veterans and beneficiaries with questions about benefits and services.
Depending on where you are eligible to vote, you may get your ballot by email, fax, or internet download. To start, complete a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) here. Print, sign, and return the FPCA to your local U.S. election office. Include your email address so election officials can reach you if there is a problem. If your state delivers ballots electronically by fax only, include your fax number. If you request electronic delivery and include your email address or fax number, you will 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. We recommend completing a new FPCA each January, or when you move.
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 has no other significance. The information on the list is provided directly by the local service providers; we cannot vouch for this information.Legal Assistance Medical Assistance Tips for Living in Bangladesh Driver License Information Earthquake Preparedness Tips Assistance for Sexual Minority Populations
You may receive additional information about the individuals on the list by contacting the local bar association or the local licensing authorities.
In instances where medical evacuation from Bangladesh is necessary, please refer to the list of Air Ambulance providers below. Note that the U.S. Embassy Dhaka does not endorse or make any representations for the services of any Medevac provider.
Certain Bangladeshi laws are especially important for U.S. citizens to know. Thing to remember is that, while in Bangladesh, American citizens are subject to Bangladeshi laws and the subsequent penalties for breaking them.
Please be advised that the U.S. Embassy, Dhaka, is not allowed to issue a drivers license to U.S. citizens. However, if any U.S. citizen wants to get a driver license in Bangladesh, s/he first needs to get a Bangladeshi issued regular driver license from Bangladesh Roads Transport Authority (BRTA).
Talk with your family about potential disasters and why it’s necessary to prepare for them. Involve each member of your family in the planning process. By showing them simple steps that can increase their safety, you can help reduce their anxiety about emergencies.
Assistance for Sexual Minority Populations
Bandhu Social Welfare Society (BSWS) 99, Kakrail, Dhaka. Tel: 9889898 / 0956868 Website: www.bandhi-bd.org
The United States is a party to the Hague Adoption Convention, an international treaty which seeks to ensure that intercountry adoptions are made in the best interests of the child and that safeguards are in place for their protection. All adoptions in another country must take place according to both U.S. and local laws for the adopted child to be eligible to immigrate to the United States. You should work with a U.S. adoption service provider specifically authorized to facilitate intercountry adoption. You can find more information about authorized adoption service providers and the intercountry adoption process at travel.state.gov and are invited to direct questions to Adoption@state.gov.
If you have a child outside the United States the child may have acquired U.S. citizenship at birth if the requirements under the Immigration and Nationality Act have been met as of the time of your child’s birth. To determine whether your child acquired U.S. citizenship at birth and to document that, you can apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) for your child. You may also choose to just apply for a U.S. passport for your child, although one benefit of a CRBA is that, unlike the U.S. passport, it does not expire and may be used as proof of acquisition of U.S. citizenship at birth. A full validity, unexpired U.S. passport is also proof of U.S. citizenship.
U.S. embassy and consulate personnel cannot perform marriages. Depending on the local law, civil or religious officials generally perform marriages. If your marriage overseas was performed in accordance with local law, it is valid in the country where it took place. Whether your marriage is recognized elsewhere depends on the laws of that place.
If you get married abroad and need to know if your marriage will be recognized in the United States and what documentation may be needed, contact the office of the Attorney General of your state of residence in the United States.
The U.S. Department of State’s highest priority overseas is the protection and welfare of American citizens Forced marriage is contrary to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and violates the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which states that “no marriage shall be entered into without the free and full consent of the intending spouses.” The U.S. Department of State considers forced marriage to be a human rights abuse, in the case of minors also a form of child abuse. Often, victims are subjected to non-consensual sex, physical and emotional abuse, isolation, and threats of violence.
Children (applicants) born abroad to U.S. citizen parent(s) may have a claim to U.S. citizenship. The following information will assist in determining if a child has a claim, and the requirements to register them as a U.S. citizen born abroad:
Today Chargé d’Affaires Helen LaFave joined Mr. A K M Tipu Sultan, Additional Secretary (Political and ICT Wing), Public Security Division, Ministry of Home Affairs, and representatives of other government ministries and Bangladeshi and international organizations…
In general, a person who wishes to immigrate to the United States must have a petition approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) before applying for an immigrant visa. The petition is filed either by a qualified relative or a potential employer at a USCIS office in the United States. Specific information about filing immigrant petitions is available by visiting the USCIS website. An individual with an approved petition and a priority date that is current for processing (when applicable) is eligible to apply for an immigrant visa or K nonimmigrant visa. Immigrant visa applicants will be notified by either the National Visa Center (NVC) or the U.S. Embassy, Dhaka when it is time to schedule an interview. K visa applicants will be notified by the U.S. Embassy, Dhaka when it is ti9me to schedule an interview.
For more information, please visit: https://www.ustraveldocs.com/bd/bd-iv-visaapplyinfo.asp#ImmigrantVisaPetitions.
For a complete list of documents required for your interview, please visit: https://www.ustraveldocs.com/bd/bd-iv-preparedocuments.asp
The visa appointment system is intended for eligible immigrant visa applicants who have recently received written notification from the U.S. Embassy, Dhaka that they must schedule an appointment ‘Online’.
For more information, please visit: https://www.ustraveldocs.com/bd/bd-iv-followup.asp
For Immigrant Visa collection and pending 221 (g) document submissions YOU MUST CREATE A PROFILE through our website www.ustraveldocs.com/bd. If your appointment was scheduled by NVC, when you reach the “My Dashboard” page, click on “New Application/Schedule Appointment” and then register a document pick-up location by selecting “Registration of passport's delivery address (only for immigrant visa applicant)” to complete the IV address registration. Please make sure that you fill out all the required fields in the pages that follow. Applicants, who have registered previously, either for a non-immigrant visa application or a prior immigrant visa application, should ensure that their contact information, passport number, and document pick-up location are up-to-date. In addition, visa type should be listed as “Immigrant Visa"". Failure to register or to update your contact information and document pick-up location prior to your visa interview will result in serious delays processing and delivering your paperwork and/or visa. If you encounter problems during the registration process, please email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be informed by email when your passport and visa packet are ready for pick-up.
For more information, please visit: https://www.ustraveldocs.com/bd/bd-iv-documentdelivery.asp
In order to schedule your K visa appointment please visit https://www.ustraveldocs.com/bd/bd-iv-kvisa.asp and follow all the steps
The B-1/B-2 visitor visa is for people traveling to the United States temporarily for business (B-1) or for pleasure or medical treatment (B-2). Generally, the B-1 visa is for travelers consulting with business associates, attending scientific, educational, professional or business conventions/conferences, or settling an estate or negotiating contracts. The B-2 visa is for travel that is recreational in nature, including tourism, visits with friends or relatives, medical treatment and activities of a fraternal, social or service nature. Often, the B-1 and B-2 visas are combined and issued as one visa: the B-1/B-2. For more information please visit: https://ustraveldocs.com/bd/bd-niv-typeb1b2.asp
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