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Haiti Relief

Please continue checking State.gov at the following link: www.state.gov/haitiquake/ for updated travel alert and situation information:

Read the U.S. Travel Warning posted by the U.S. State Department

U.S. Citizen Inquiries:

The U.S. Embassy in Port Au Prince has set up a task force at the Embassy which is taking calls as conditions permit.  The Embassy is working to identify U.S. citizens in Haiti who need urgent assistance and to identify sources of emergency help.   U.S. citizens in Haiti are urged to contact the Embassy via email (ACSPaP@state.gov) to request assistance.  U.S. citizens in Haiti can call the Embassy’s Consular Task Force at 509-2229-8942, 509-2229-8089, 509-2229-8322, or 509-2229-8672. 

The State Department has also created a task force to monitor the emergency.  People in the U.S. or Canada with information or inquiries about U.S. citizens in Haiti may reach the Haiti Task Force at 888-407-4747; Haiti-Earthquake@state.gov.   Outside of the U.S. and Canada, call 202-501-4444.  For further information and updates, please see the State Department’s Consular Affairs website. 

In your inquiries, please try to have available the following information full name; date of birth; citizenship; time, date, and place of last known location; any contact information, such as a cell phone number or hotel/church, etc. number, where the person could be reached; constituent e-mail address (we understand the Embassy is able to receive e-mails from U.S. citizens in country at this time).

INFORMATION ABOUT THE HAITI EARTHQUAKE

Latest Updates: www.state.gov/haitiquake/

Immigrant Visas and Adoptions Info:

Open and scheduling immigrant visa services.   For adoption cases not already in process, please consult www.adoption.state.gov and e-mail inquiries to AskCI@state.gov (capital “C” capital “I” not lower-case “L”).

Nonimmigrant Visa Info: 

Open for F1 (student), J1 (exchange visitor) and petition-based work visas ONLY.  Applicants for visas in these categories only should schedule an interview by e-mail at PAPNIV@state.gov.  The attachment to this e-mail contains additional information for applicants for visas in these categories.

B1/B2 (visitor/business) visa processing remains suspended in Port au Prince until further notice.  Haitian citizens who wish to apply for B1/B2 visas at U.S. embassies or consulates outside of Haiti should consult that post’s website for information about scheduling an interview as a third-country national.  Website addresses for U.S. embassies and consulates can be found at www.usembassy.gov.

Contributions/Donations

The most effective way people can assist relief efforts is by making cash contributions to humanitarian organizations that are conducting relief operations. Information on organizations responding to the humanitarian situation in Haiti may be available at www.reliefweb.int, and at USAID: www.usaid.gov  – Keyword: Donations.

The State Department helped set up a short code for those wishing to send immediate monetary assistance.  To take advantage of this, people can text "HAITI" to "90999" and $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross, charged to your cell phone bill. 

Below you will find the links to the Center for International Disaster Information's (CIDI), www.cidi.org, Guidelines and FAQ, will be helpful in answering questions about monetary and non-monetary donations.  That website also has the Guidelines available in French and Kreyol.

http://www.cidi.org/reg_offr.htm

http://www.cidi.org/guidelines/guide_ln.htm

http://www.cidi.org/media/faq.htm

Haitian Citizens in the U.S.

Haitian citizens in the U.S. should call the Haitian Embassy in Washington, D.C., 202-332-4090, or the Haitian Consulate in New York City, 305-859-2003. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Additionally, persons who wish to provide assistance or expertise in Haiti are asked to contact the Center for International Disaster Information.  The Center, operated under a grant from the United States Agency for International Development's Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, has established a dedicated page to coordinate Haiti support at:  http://www.cidi.org/incident/haiti-10a/, 703-276-1914. 


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