This came in from the US Embassy Kuala Lumpur.
The U.S. Embassy in Malaysia is pleased to announce that a Consular Officer will be traveling to Penang to provide limited service in the area on January 28 2015 from 9am to 12pm. During this visit, the officer will be able to provide notary services and take U.S. passport applications back to the Embassy for final processing. Appointments are required. Please email [email protected] to schedule your appointment. We will provide information on the venue and required fees for each service when we confirm your appointment.
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Americans take note
There is a new online appointment system for the American Citizen Services unit at the US Embassy in KL. The new system kicked in at the start of 2015. This is for non emergency services. Those include
- notary services
- passport services
- Consular Report of Birth Abroad (see my past experience)
The exact procedure is on the Embassy website. Also included is a list of things you can and cannot bring in. Finally there’s a link at the bottom to the online form that you can fill out to get an appointment. There’s also a online form to fill out to cancel your existing appointment.
You can also contact the American Citizen Services section during normal business hours. Phone: 03 2168 4979 or 4997. I’ve found that they are very responsive on their email line [email protected].
I’m excited about the change. I think this will speed up the wait time when we go to register our next baby’s birth.
Anyone used the new system yet?
It’s been some time since I wrote an update about how it has been going having a Labuan Offshore Company. The first one was my How to article for incorporating a Labuan Offshore Company. And I wrote one about Why you should have a Labuan Offshore Company.
I’ve reached the end of my first two years of my work permit and it was time to renew. This is the work permit visa that is pasted into my passport and the dependent passes that are pasted into the passports of my wife and children. And here’s what happened. Read more…
So the saga continues. The baby is born. We have a Malaysian birth certificate in hand. We even got some passport pictures taken of our child. But before we make another trip to the US Embassy in KL to apply for a passport and a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, we need to gather the paperwork that we need to present to the American Embassy staff. Fortunately, I read the KL embassy web page about registering a birth. It says that we should call or email ahead and make an appointment. And, I am glad I did.
I’m going to wrap up the story of having a baby in Penang with this final story. To sum up, we’ve delivered a healthy baby boy. We’ve gotten the Malaysian birth certificate processed and in hand. We written to the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur and pulled together all the forms and documents they asked for. And we had a little adventure of trying to get a passport photo of the little tyke. Now it’s time to get ourselves and the baby to KL and submit the paperwork. (Of course, since we’re driving, we’ll stop at our favorite rest stop on the way)
I love having a new baby. Maybe, it’s because this is kid number 4 and we’re starting to get the hang of it. Maybe it’s because the older ones are now able to help out more. Whatever it is, we’re glad that we had our baby in Penang. Now that the paperwork involved with getting a Malaysian birth certificate is out of the way, it is time to go apply for an American passport. Well one of the steps involved with getting a passport is getting a passport photo for that baby. This has not been easy. So in today’s post, I’ll have the requirements for passport photos as well as some tips and hints for getting that shot for your baby passport picture.
Malaysian Birth Certificate Paperwork in Penang
While my wife was still checked in at the hospital, the staff at Island Hospital prepared a lot of the paperwork that I would need to take to the government office to register the baby for a Malaysian birth certificate. We were given a detailed checklist (in Bahasa Melayu) of papers that I needed to get together and bring to the office. Here it is in English. Read more…
You won’t be leaving your home country without your passports. One thing you will need to remember is that most countries require you to have at least six months left on your passport before letting you into the country. Keep this information in the back of your mind as you come over to Asia, because not only will you want six months left when you arrive, but you might want to travel around the region and you’ll need six months left to get into Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, and the other countries that are a short hop out of Penang. Here is a list of places you can go with a direct flight out of Penang!
To be honest, we haven’t been asked for proof of our immunizations yet. But there was a time in the past, and there will probably be a time in the future when this will be important. Why not keep it with you? In the US, these little booklets are given to you when you get the shots at your county health department or at your doctor’s office.
Documents needed if giving birth abroad
If you anticipate giving birth overseas, you need the original birth certificates of the parents. If you are married, you need the original marriage license. Item number 8 on this website gave us a problem when we had to register a birth abroad in 2010. Her parents were coming to see the new baby, and we were able to ask them to bring old W-2 forms.
I plan to have a whole page on giving birth overseas with more information later.
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