Message for U.S. Citizens: Federal Benefits Information Session Oct 25

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Embassy of the United States of America
Asmara, Eritrea

October 17, 2017

In 2014, banks in Eritrea stopped accepting for deposit or cash U.S. Federal Benefits checks.  As a temporary solution, in May 2015, the U.S. Embassy began cashing these checks for beneficiaries.  Effective immediately, the Embassy is no longer able to provide this service and beneficiaries are not able to cash checks at the Embassy.

To discuss this issue and Federal Benefits in general, the American Citizen Services section of the U.S. Embassy will hold and Information Session.   All American citizens are welcome.

Federal Benefits Information Session
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
American Center, Geza Banda


  • Video Conference with Federal Benefits Representative in Rome
  • Changes in services at the Embassy
  •  How to apply for a Social Security Number
  • How to apply for Federal Benefits / Retirement Benefits


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