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The Consular sections in Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg all process United States passport applications. Currently the processing time for most regular passports is seven to fifteen business days.
American Citizen Services (ACS) is part of Consular Services, based at the U.S. Consulates in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. Assistance is provided to American citizens residing in or visiting South Africa, including but not limited to Passport services, Consular Reports of Births Abroad (CRBA), and Notarials. The consulates also assist in emergency situations, including deaths, arrests and crisis situations.
CAPE TOWN: Note that frequent criminal acts – including mugging and assault – have taken place on Reddam Avenue between the U.S. Consulate General and Steenberg Village against visitors to the Consulate. Please use caution if you walk along this avenue to reach the Consulate for your appointment. As with previous guidance, remain situationally aware of your surroundings, keep valuables under your control and out of sight, and avoid large gatherings of people. Arriving to the Consulate by vehicle is recommended but note there is no customer parking available at the Consulate General so a drop-off and pick-up may be best. If you come upon a crime in progress, move away from the area immediately, head towards a safe location, and then notify the police (call: 10-111). The Consulate has no policing authority outside of our own compound.
The Department of State assists U.S. citizens imprisoned overseas and works to ensure their fair and humane treatment.
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. consuls can assist Americans abroad who are temporarily destitute due to unforeseen circumstances. Americans who find themselves in these circumstances should contact the Consulate General or the State Department’s Office of Overseas Citizens Services at 1-888-407-4747 (during business hours) or 202-647-5225 (after hours). Consular officers can help destitute Americans contact family, bank, or employer to arrange for transfer of funds. In some cases, these funds can be wired through the Department of State. For information on how a consular officer can help under these circumstances, see http://travel.state.gov/travel.
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.
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 reside in South Africa and have questions regarding services provided by the Social Security Administration (SSA), you must contact the SSA Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) located in the United Kingdom. For more information on their services and how to contact them, please visit their webpage at: https://uk.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/federal-benefits/Internal Revenue Service Selective Service Social Security Veterans Affairs Voting
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 South Africa and have questions about Social Security Administration (SSA) services, contact the SSA Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) in the United Kingdom
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. 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 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 Caution Against Scams
Follow the link below to view location-specific options for legal assistance resources in South Africa.
Follow the link below to view a list of medical assistance resources for South Africa.
The U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg is always able and willing to assist American citizens in need. If you have been contacted by someone who claims to be an American citizen in South Africa in need of emergency services, please tell them to contact us directly at (+27) 011 290 3000 or via email at ACSJohannesburg@state.gov. This person is also welcome to come to the Consulate in person to request assistance.
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 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.
There is no walk-in service for Loss of Nationality Services. These services are by appointment only and CANNOT be scheduled through the Online Appointment System. When you have all the required documents, and you are ready to request an appointment, you should send scanned copies of them in 1 (one) PDF File to email@example.com (Subject: LON – LASTNAME, First name).
The Bureau of Consular Affairs provides important information on travel to and in South Africa at: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/SouthAfrica.html
We also strongly recommend enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive safety information and be contacted in case of an emergency: https://step.state.gov/step/
A visa is required to enter the United States, and it is highly recommended that this be obtained before paying for air travel and related trip expenses. Applications are made online, and comprehensive instructions and guidance are provided on the site. Begin by visiting our webpage for information https://za.usembassy.gov/visas/ before proceeding to the Global Support Services website to make your visa application https://ais.usvisa-info.com/
The Embassy does fund a number of educational exchange programs that enable South Africans to study in the U.S. Our EducationUSA advisors are also on hand to assist by offering accurate, comprehensive, and current information about opportunities to study at accredited postsecondary institutions.
Visit EducationUSA at: https://za.usembassy.gov/education/
Visit Educational Exchanges at: https://za.usembassy.gov/education/
Be sure to visit our EducationUSA Facebook platform for updates on opportunities and programs: https://www.facebook.com/EducationUSAinSA
Hundreds of South Africans and permanent residents make up our workforce, and vacancies are advertised online for a period of two weeks. Applications are made online, following a registration process. Please visit our 'Jobs at the Embassy' for more information: https://za.usembassy.gov/jobs/
We procure goods and services from local businesses and advertise these opportunities on our 'Commercial Opportunities' pages, along with guidance on the requirements. We also offer funding opportunities to institutions to partner with us to carry out projects and programs. Visit: https://za.usembassy.gov/business/
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