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We’re heartbroken over the events in Christchurch – Kia kaha

U.S. Ambassador Scott Brown The horror of the senseless terrorist attacks perpetrated in Christchurch cannot be overstated. The innocent victims (may peace be upon them), who were doing nothing more than exercising their freedom to worship, will never be forgotten. The murderers who assaulted these houses of faith in Christchurch attacked all of us – our ...
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Be aware of ESTA scams

This is the only official U.S. government Department of Homeland Security (DHS) website for applying for ESTA: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/ . If at any time, you are being asked to pay more than the equivalent of U.S. $14.00, then you are not at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website . The fee is comprised of two parts: ...
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Happy World Sea Turtle Day …

By Dolores Prin, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy Wellington. My brother-in-law is crazy about turtles. I’m not sure why, or when his passion for the weird reptiles began, but through the years it has given his friends and family an easy out for gift-giving on every occasion. John will always be happy with a turtle-adorned, ...
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SOFIA Open Day

NASA’s aircraft SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) is in Christchurch and is offering you one chance to tour, between 11am and 3pm on Saturday July 20. The last boarding time is 2:30pm. Find out all the details, including when tickets are available, for a free tour on Eventbrite . What is SOFIA? The Flying Observatory ...
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Implementation of the Knowledgeable Innovators and Worthy Investors (KIWI) Act

Press Release. United States Ambassador Scott Brown is delighted to join New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Rt. Hon. Winston Peters, in announcing the full implementation of the Knowledgeable Innovators and Worthy Investors (KIWI) Act. “From next Monday, June 10, eligible Kiwis will be able to get online and apply for a new class ...
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New, increased fees for international students, exchange visitors, SEVP-certified schools

From ICE.GOV. WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has finalized changes to fees charged by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to international students, exchange visitors and SEVP-certified schools. The new fees will take effect June 24, 2019. The fees are an estimate of the current and projected costs to fund SEVP operations, including ...
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