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Q: I am a United States citizen living in Jamaica, and I am interested in voting in the 2012 elections that will occur in my home state of New York. Can the embassy help me determine how to vote from abroad?

A: The American Citizen Services Unit encourages US citizens living abroad to take advantage of the resources offered by the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP). You can sign up to receive election information from any US state via email and text message by visiting the following website: http://www.fvap.gov/ contact/subscription.html.

When you subscribe to receive FVAP email and text notifications, you may choose which types of information you would like to receive, such as absentee voter resources, voting alerts, and election official messages. The contact information that you provide for the FVAP electronic messaging service will only be used to deliver the requested information or to give you access to your profile and subscriptions.

For additional information about visas and US citizen services, please visit the US Embassy Kingston’s website, at http://kingston. usembassy.gov/. For safety and security measures, the US Embassy asks that all individuals arrive at the embassy or consular agency no more than 15 minutes prior to their designated appointment time.

New contact information

The Consular Section has recently updated its email addresses. All correspondence should be sent to the following addresses. Emails sent to the Consular Section’s old addresses will not be read.

• For general information about the immigrant visa process and questions about specific immigrant visa cases, please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;

• To make a follow-up appointment as a “blue sheet” applicant, please write to KingstonIVappointment @state.gov;

• For general information about the nonimmigrant visa process and questions about specific nonimmigrant visa cases, please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; and

• For an expedited appointment due to a qualifying medical, family or business emergency, please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For additional information, please visit the US Embassy Kingston’s website, at http://kingston. usembassy.gov/.

The US Embassy staff in Kingston will answer questions you may have regarding the US Mission, including consular law, regulations and/or practice. In order to respect privacy, staff will not answer questions about specific visa applications. The embassy employs a visa appointment system, so it is only necessary for visa applicants to arrive 15 minutes before their scheduled appointment.

Send your questions to: editorial@jamaica observer.com and we will send them to the embassy.

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