Security Message for U.S. Citizens: CONFECH Demonstrations

This Message is to alert U.S. citizens residing and traveling in Santiago that members of the Confederation of Students of Chile (CONFECH) will hold an authorized demonstration on Thursday, June 9, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in downtown Santiago.  Media reports indicate that CONFECH is planning to march from Plaza Bustamante via Avenida Alameda, ...
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Routine Messages for U.S. Citizens: New Mail-In Adult Passport Renewal Service

On June 1, 2016, the U.S. Embassy will launch an adult passport renewalmail-in program. You can mail in your passport application if you can answer YES to ALL the following questions: Your U.S. passport was issued within the last 15 years. You were at least 16 years old at the time your most recent U.S. ...
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Security Messages for U.S. Citizens: CUT Protests

This message is to alert U.S. citizens residing and traveling in and around Santiago that a Central Workers Union (CUT) protest is planned for Tuesday, May 31.  The protest is currently not authorized. The march is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. at Plaza Italia in downtown Santiago. Demonstrations are expected in other major cities ...
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Security Messages for U.S. Citizens: Protests in Valparaiso on May 21

This message is to alert U.S. citizens residing and traveling in and around Valparaiso/Vina del Mar that protests are planned for Saturday, May 21.  The protests are currently scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Plaza Civica/Sotomayor and at the Congress during the President’s address. Demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and ...
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Routine Messages for U.S. Citizens: Flag Raising Ceremony at the U.S. Embassy

To celebrate the 240th birthday of the United States of America, the U.S. Embassy invites all U.S. citizens in Chile to a Flag Raising Ceremony that will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 15 at the Embassy. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. All guests must RSVP by June 13th to  embassyflagraising@state.gov . Our event flyer with ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Continued Protests in and out Chiloe

The U.S. Embassy in Santiago advises U.S. citizens not to travel to Chiloe in the Lakes Region of Chile until the situation is normalized.  Since May 2, protests by local fishermen have made travel in and around Chiloe very difficult.  Entry to, and exit from, the island of Chiloe has been blocked. The situation in ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Fishermen Protests in and around Chiloe

This message is to alert U.S. citizens residing and traveling in and around Chiloe in the Lakes Region that protests by local fishermen have made travel in the area difficult, including cutting off the island of Chiloe.  As the Embassy cannot confirm when the protests will end or when tourists will be able to depart ...
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Elimination of Federal Benefits Inquiries via Telephone

The U.S. Embassy American Citizen Services Unit wishes to inform all U.S. Citizens and beneficiaries of the Social Security Administration, Veterans Affairs, and Office of Personnel Management that beginning on May 16 any Federal Benefits inquiries must be done through email ( santiagofbu@state.gov ) or an in-person appointment at the Embassy.  All appointments must be scheduled ...
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Routine Messages for U.S. Citizens: Elimination of Federal Benefits Inquiries via Telephone

Elimination of Federal Benefits Inquiries via Telephone The U.S. Embassy American Citizen Services Unit wishes to inform all U.S. Citizens and beneficiaries of the Social Security Administration, Veterans Affairs, and Office of Personnel Management that beginning on May 16 any Federal Benefits inquiries must be done through email ( santiagofbu@state.gov ) or an in-person appointment at ...
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Fulbright Scholar Launches Book about her Experience on Education

Professor Viola Soto Guzmán, distinguished Chilean National Award winner in Education (1991) and Fulbright alumna, launched her book Toda Mi Vida Dedicada a la Educación Chilena y Latinoamericana, at the University of Chile’s public high school Liceo Experimental Manuel de Salas where she taught for several years.  Prof. Soto was also a faculty member at ...
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Justice for Boris Weisfeiler

More than 30 years after the kidnapping and disappearance of U.S. Citizen Boris Weisfeiler near San Fabian de Alico in 1985, the United States continues to support Dr. Olga Weisfeiler’s pursuit of justice in her brother’s case.  The recent court ruling absolving the eight accused parties over a statute of limitations is a frustrating setback. ...
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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with President Michelle Bachelet of Chile

The Vice President met with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet today at the Naval Observatory, where the two leaders underscored the strong bilateral partnership between the United States and Chile on issues related to trade, economic development, and democracy and human rights.  The Vice President praised Chile’s constructive role in addressing a number of regional challenges ...
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Remarks by President Obama to the People of Cuba

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Muchas gracias.  Thank you so much.  Thank you very much. President Castro, the people of Cuba, thank you so much for the warm welcome that I have received, that my family have received, and that our delegation has received.  It is an extraordinary honor to be here today. Before I ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Day of Young Combatant

The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens traveling and residing in Chile that potentially violent disturbances are probable in Santiago and possibly Valparaiso in connection with the anniversary of the Day of the Young Combatant (Día del Joven Combatiente) on Tuesday, March 29.  This day commemorates the deaths of the brothers Rafael and Eduardo Vergara Toledo ...
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Routine Messages for U.S. Citizens: Day of Young Combatant

The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens traveling and residing in Chile that potentially violent disturbances are probable in Santiago and possibly Valparaiso in connection with the anniversary of the Day of the Young Combatant (Día del Joven Combatiente) on Tuesday, March 29.  This day commemorates the deaths of the brothers Rafael and Eduardo Vergara Toledo ...
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Fulbright-Chile Commission Presentations

Each year, the Fulbright-Chile Commission organizes presentations of U.S. Fulbright student projects.  Presentations are attended by Public Affairs Santiago staff and Chilean academics who will supervise the U.S. students projects in Chilean universities, both in Santiago and regions.
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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Leads Business Leaders on Trade Mission to Peru, Chile

WASHINGTON, March 10, 2016 – Leaders from 34 U.S. agribusinesses and organizations will accompany Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on a trade mission to Peru and Chile, March 14 to March 18, to expand export opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products. Peru and Chile are also members of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which concluded ...
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Atlas Corps Seeks Emerging Global Leaders

The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce a special opportunity for emerging civil society leaders to participate in a 6- to 18-month professional fellowship in the United States. All Fellows will be placed at a leading social change organization in the United States. Individuals in the nonprofit/NGO sectors with 2 to 10 years ...
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DHS Announces Further Travel Restrictions for the Visa Waiver Program

WASHINGTON—The Department of Homeland Security today announced that it is continuing its implementation of the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 with the addition of Libya, Somalia, and Yemen as three countries of concern, limiting Visa Waiver Program travel for certain individuals who have traveled to these countries. Pursuant to ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Easter Island Dengue Alert

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens traveling to and residing in Chile that the Chilean Ministry of Health declared a Dengue Alert for Easter Island (Isla de Pascua) on February 12, 2016.  There are now four confirmed cases of locally transmitted dengue. While the Aedes egypti mosquito which carries dengue is not present in continental Chile, this ...
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Routine Messages for U.S. Citizens: Easter Island Dengue Alert

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens traveling to and residing in Chile that the Chilean Ministry of Health declared a Dengue Alert for Easter Island (Isla de Pascua) on February 12, 2016.  There are now four confirmed cases of locally transmitted dengue. While the Aedes egypti mosquito which carries dengue is not present in continental Chile, this ...
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MPA Center Leads Advanced Workshop on Coastal Planning for Protected Area Managers of Chile, Peru, and Argentina

MPA Center staff led a group of experts from the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), California, United Kingdom and Germany to conduct an advanced training workshop on coastal planning for protected area managers and planners from Chile, Peru, and Argentina. Sponsored by the GEF-funded Humboldt Current Large Marine Ecosystem Project, the workshop was held ...
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Presidents Day: Honoring U.S. Presidents Washington and Lincoln

Washington’s Birthday is a U.S. federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first president of the United States. Increasingly, the holiday has become an occasion to celebrate the birthdays of both President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln. Many Americans call the holiday Presidents Day. George Washington ...
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Berkeley Public Library Foundation Honors 2013 U.S. Fulbright Scholar

On February 6, the Berkeley Public Library Foundation honored authors from the San Francisco Bay area at its 14th annual dinner in support of the Berkeley Public Library.  Among those recognized was 2013 U.S. Fulbright Scholar Dr. Richard Scheffler. Scheffler is a Distinguished Professor of Health Economics and Public Policy in the School of Public Health ...
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FACT SHEET: Preparing for and Responding to the Zika Virus at Home and Abroad

Since late last year, the Administration has been aggressively working to combat Zika, a virus primarily spread by mosquitoes that has recently been linked to birth defects and other concerning health outcomes.  The Federal Government has been monitoring the Zika virus and working with our domestic and international public health partners to alert healthcare providers ...
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Professor Alex Slocum in Chile to Speak on Renewable Energies

Mechanical Engineer, Professor Alex Slocum, from MIT was invited by the Office of Naval Research Global to meet and interact with Chilean researchers, and to discuss his advanced and creative ideas and research on Renewable Energies. Professor Slocum is worldwide known for his vast experience in designing and prototyping incredible machines from small devices up ...
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2016 Chilean Youth Ambassadors to the United States

Thirteen Chilean students from subsidized public high schools in the country were selected among 270 candidates to represent Chile in the Youth Ambassadors program in the United States. The program is sponsored and funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and made possible through the U.S. Embassy in Santiago ...
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United States Begins Implementation of Changes to the Visa Waiver Program

The United States today began implementing changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (the Act).  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) welcomes more than a million passengers arriving to the United States every day and is committed to facilitating legitimate travel while maintaining the highest standards of security ...
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Voting in 2016 U.S. Elections

Your vote counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters? All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt ...
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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to Lead Trade Mission to Chile and Peru

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will lead a trade mission March 14 to March 18 to expand export opportunities for U.S. agriculture in Chile and Peru. “Thanks to existing free trade agreements, the United States enjoys strong trading relationships with both Chile and Peru,” said Vilsack. “In addition, ...
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U.S. Army Research’s Office in Santiago Funds Scientific Study on Pain Inhibitors

Dr. Danilo González-Nilo, a lead researcher from Universidad Andrés Bello (UNAB), presented the final results of his scientific research project titled “Rational Design of Novel Pain Inhibitors” on December 9 and 10 at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL), and at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (MRMC) respectively. The project was funded ...
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President Obama: American leadership means “rallying the world behind causes that are right”

In his seventh and final State of the Union address, President Obama said American leadership means “rallying the world behind causes that are right.” He highlighted U.S. cooperation with other countries to combat shared challenges like climate change and violent extremism. Speaking to Congress, the Supreme Court, diplomatic guests and others at the U.S. Capitol ...
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Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday: A National Day of Service

Martin Luther King Jr. dedicated his life to the nonviolent struggle for racial equality in the United States. The third Monday in January marks Martin Luther King Day, a U.S. holiday that honors King’s legacy and challenges citizens to engage in volunteer service in their communities. Beginning the journey Born on January 15, 1929, to ...
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Remarks on the United States Foreign Policy Agenda for 2016

Official transcript of Secretary of State John Kerry’s remarks delivered at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. on January 13, 2016: Thank you. Good morning. Thank you. Thank you very much, Major General Padilla. Thank you, all of you. It’s a great privilege for me to be able to be here today. I’m delighted ...
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The Road Ahead: Meeting An Unprecedented Migrant Challenge

By Anne C. Richard, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM)  Throughout 2015, refugee and migration issues dominated headlines. A record number of people — some 60 million — are now forcibly displaced. Almost a million refugees and migrants crossed the Mediterranean. When a photo hit the front pages ...
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State of the Union address 2016

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans: Tonight marks the eighth year I’ve come here to report on the State of the Union.  And for this final one, I’m going to try to make it shorter.  I know some of you are antsy to get back to Iowa. I also understand ...
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Expedited/Emergency Appointment

To request an expedited/emergency appointment, an applicant must first complete the online visa application form DS-160. Secondly, an applicant must pay their MRV fee and schedule an appointment both through the Information Service Center. Only after an appointment is scheduled can they request that the Consular Section grant an earlier appointment date based on emergency ...
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2016 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund

The State Department created the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) in 2011 to support alumni initiatives that promote shared values and innovative solutions to global challenges. The competition provides small grants to teams of past and current participants of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs to carry out public service projects that utilize skills and knowledge they ...
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Ambassador Thomas Shannon and Chilean Under Secretary Riveros Lead Bilateral Engagement

Ambassador Thomas Shannon and Chilean Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs Edgardo Riveros met on December 4 to discuss global, regional, and bilateral issues of mutual interest including the promotion of democracy and human rights, peacekeeping and security, economic growth and development through trade, the environment, and other topics. This High Level Bilateral Political Consultative Mechanism ...
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Latin America Idea Partnership (La Idea) Incubator Program

La Idea is a program that supports Latin American entrepreneurs with an interest in entering foreign markets. Participants spend two weeks working with the host incubator program to learn about the US market and understand the specific industry’s processes. As part of the Incubator Program’s third round, Pacific Alliance countries (Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru) will select ...
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UNL Professor Shares Experiences on Drone Journalism

University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications professor of practice Matt Waite and founder of the Drone Journalism Lab visited Concepcion, October 19-23 to share his experiences with students and faculty. Pulitzer Prize-winner Matt Waite for PolitiFact.com, the website that judges the truthfulness of politician’s statements, was keynote speaker at the seminar “Drones ...
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Applications are Open for Youth Ambassadors Program 2016

The Youth Ambassadors Program for Argentina & Chile is a three week youth leadership exchange from March 16 to April 6, 2016, based in the U.S. for twenty six Argentine and Chilean teenagers ages 15-17 and four adult mentors. Applications must be submitted until November 20, 2015.  The program aims to develop a cadre of young ...
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Atlas Corps Fellowship

Atlas Corps in partnership with the U.S. Government, seeks emerging civil society leaders for a funded, prestigious leadership development program in the United States-the Emerging Global Leaders Initiative (EGLI) Atlas Corps Fellowship. The Atlas Corps Fellowship is a 12-month professional fellowship. Fellows serve at Host Organizations working on issues that complement their expertise. Fellows learn leadership skills ...
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2014 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry released the 2014 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, in the Press Briefing Room at the U.S. Department of State. The International Religious Freedom Report, now in its 17th year, attempts to give voice to those oppressed people and to document when and where ...
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Annual UNITAS Pacific Naval Exercise Kicks Off In Chile

Mayport, Fl. — Naval forces from Chile, Colombia, Mexico and the United States kicked off UNITAS 2015, an annual multinational exercise, in Valparaiso, Chile, Oct. 13. Personnel from Brazil, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, New Zealand, and Panama are also participating in the exercise. This year’s exercise is hosted by the Chilean navy and will ...
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FACT SHEET: How the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Boosts Made in America Exports, Supports Higher-Paying American Jobs, and Protects American Worker

Today, the United States reached agreement with its eleven partner countries, concluding negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a new, high-standard trade agreement that levels the playing field for American workers and American businesses, supporting more Made in America exports and higher-paying American jobs. By eliminating over 18,000 taxes – in ...
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DV 2017 Program-Online Registration

The diversity immigrant visa program is administered on an annual basis by the Department of State to provide for a new class of immigrants known as “diversity immigrants” (DV immigrant).  The Act makes available 50,000 permanent resident visas annually to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the Unties states.  For the DV-2017 ...
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USAID/OFDA Supports Regional Simulation Exercise

USAID/OFDA is strengthening urban search-and-rescue (USAR)capacity in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region by providing $100,000 to support the 2015 Regional Earthquake Response Simulation Exercise (SIMEX 2015) in Santiago, Chile, on September 22-26. Led by the UN International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG), SIMEX focuses on practicing disaster response methodologies that are based ...
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Secretary Kerry Travel to Valparaíso, Chile, and Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Statement by John Kirby, Spokesperson U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Valparaíso, Chile, on October 5 to attend the second Our Ocean conference, hosted by the government of Chile.  He and Chilean Foreign Minister Heraldo Muñoz will also participate in a town hall meeting with students entitled, “Taking Action for Our Ocean.” Secretary Kerry ...
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NOAA and SHOA to deploy two sensors along the Chilean coast to enhance tsunami detection and warning times for the Pacific

On Sept 22, 2015, the Chilean Navy research vessel Cabo de Hornos departed from Valparaiso, Chile, loaded with two experimental, 4th generation Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis (DART-4G) buoy sensors.  Over the coming days, the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in partnership with the Servicio Hidrografico y Oceanografico de la Armada ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with President Bachelet of Chile

The President spoke by phone today with President Bachelet of Chile regarding bilateral and broader economic issues. The President reiterated his condolences for the loss of life and destruction caused by the September 16 earthquake and inquired about the status of rebuilding and recovery efforts. The leaders also discussed the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, highlighting the ...
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Project Learn-Chile Announces 100K Strong – Gabriela Mistral Scholars

The Leadership and Educational Action Resource Network: Binational Graduate Student Collaboration for Educational Improvement in Chile project (Project LEARN-Chile) announces 18 Ph.D. in Education students as recipients of the 100K Strong-Gabriela Mistral Scholars award for fall 2015. Project LEARN-Chile provides an international research and learning opportunity for doctoral students in education at Texas State University ...
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Call for Nominations 2016 Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) for Student Leaders on U.S. History and Government

Program dates are January 9 to February 13, 2016.  The Institute will host a group of up to 20 students from Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay. The Institute will be conducted in English and will be hosted at the Institute for Training and Development (ITD) in Amherst, Massachusetts. E-mail application form to usculturachile@gmail.com before Tuesday, October ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry on Chile’s National Day

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Chile as you celebrate two hundred and five years of independence this September 18.   We wish all Chileans a joyous day as you celebrate your independence.  We stand with Chile in the wake of the September 16 ...
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RFEC Americas Collaboration in Chile

One of the missions of the Research, Development, and Engineering Command (RDECOM) Forward Element Command – Americas (RFEC-AME) is to foster military-to-military collaboration with the countries in the Americas.  To that effect, the Commander Lieutenant Colonel Hector Gonzalez, recently provided a series of presentations aiming at fostering military-industrial-academia collaboration in Chile. The first event took ...
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“Student Visas & Documentation: Ask the Experts”

Do you want to practice English? Find a better job? Experience American culture? Studying abroad in the United States helps you with all that. Students all over the world study at U.S. colleges, where they tend to also find a chance to travel and meet friends and notables, from business experts to artists to sports ...
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Training in California demonstrates ongoing engagement between Chilean National Parks trail workers and the National Parks Service (NPS)

Four Chilean National Parks trail workers from Parque Nacional Alerce Costero attended training in California through the auspices of their sister park agreement with Redwood National Park, building upon a second year of exchange between Chilean trail workers and NPS managers. While Chile is narrower than California, and over 50 percent larger in area, a ...
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2015 Trafficking in Persons Report

The Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report is the U.S. Government’s principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments on human trafficking. It is also the world’s most comprehensive resource of governmental anti-human trafficking efforts and reflects the U.S. Government’s commitment to global leadership on this key human rights and law enforcement issue. It represents an updated, ...
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White House on Opening of Embassies in Havana and Washington

The United States welcomes today’s historic opening of the Embassy of the United States of America in Havana, Cuba, and the opening of the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C. Today’s openings are the result of respectful dialogue between the United States and the Republic of Cuba following the December 17 announcements by President Obama and ...
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Our Ocean 2015 Conference

  Embassy officials joined Minister of Foreign Affairs, Heraldo Muñoz, the Intendente of Valparaíso, Ricardo Bravo, and President of the Chilean Chamber of Deputies, Congressman Marco Antonio Núñez, and other dignitaries on July 8 at the launch of the Our Ocean 2015 Conference, set to take place in Valparaiso October 5-6. The Foreign Minister named ...
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Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Sepulveda to Visit Chile

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy in the State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (EB) Daniel Sepulveda will visit Santiago June 18-19. While in Santiago, Deputy Assistant Secretary Sepulveda will meet with Chilean government officials and private sector representatives. On Thursday, June 18, he will ...
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Harvard Professor on Professional Development to speak in Chile

Professor Patricia León, an educator in the U.S. and Colombia working in the field of professional development for teachers, will be the keynote speaker at the Grupo Educar International Seminar “From Knowledge to Learning” (Del Conocimiento al Aprendizaje) to be held in Santiago on Wednesday, June 17, at Auditorio Fundación Telefónica (Providencia 119, Providencia) from ...
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Secretary Kerry on World Environment Day

Every person on Earth has a role to play in protecting the environment we share—on World Environment Day, June 5, and every day. Every one of us has a responsibility to ensure that future generations are able to enjoy the same safe and healthy planet that we inherited. This is a pivotal moment when it ...
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New selection of U.S.-produced cheese enter the Chilean market

Michigan-based American Food Trading Corporation (AFTC) is launching in Chile a new variety of Wisconsin-produced cheese. These products will be sold by Tottus throughout the country. Chilean consumers will have access to new and attractive products and others already known such as Cream-cheese, Parmesan, Gouda, and Mozzarella. Different varieties are American, White-American, Sharp Provolone, Gorgonzola, Mascarpone, ...
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U.S. professor on maritime literature to speak in Chile

Daniel Brayton, an expert on U.S. and British literature and professor on literature of the sea and environmental literature, will be in Chile June 1-9 to speak in Santiago, Concepción, La Serena and Valparaíso. Daniel Brayton is a professor at Middlebury College, in Vermont.  He has written several texts published by American journals on literature. ...
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International Fishakathon see to protect our ocean

As part of the many activities leading up to the Our Ocean 2015 Conference that will take place in Valparaíso in October, the Catholic University’s Innovation Center will be holding a Fishakathon on Friday, June 5.  The initiative calls on participants to create an application for cellphones to provide scientific information on the state of ...
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Ambassador Michael Hammer addresses WeConnect Conference

U.S. Ambassador Michael Hammer delivered remarks at the WEConnect International Chile annual forum held Wednesday, June 27, at CasaPiedra, in Santiago. In addition to  Ambassador Hammer, other key speakers at this year’s conference included Under Secretary of Economy Katia Trusich, AmCham Chile President Kathleen Barclay, and WEConnect Directors for Chile and Latin America, Francisca Valdés and ...
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Facts on U.S. Investment in Emerging Global Entrepreneurs

FACT SHEET: The United States’ Investment in Emerging Global Entrepreneurs Today, as global entrepreneurs gathered for an event at the White House, President Obama announced several steps to increase support for emerging entrepreneurs here in the United States and around the world. First, the President made investing in women and youth entrepreneurs the top priority ...
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White House on End of Liberia’s Ebola Outbreak

On May 9, the Republic of Liberia reached the important milestone of 42 days without reporting a new Ebola case, and we are pleased the World Health Organization was able to declare the end of the country’s current outbreak. We congratulate the people of Liberia on reaching this important marker, and once again pledge our ...
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Open Letter to Members of U.S. Congress

As the Ambassadors of the United States of America to the 11 other nations participating in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), we welcome the introduction of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA).  We can think of no joint effort that is as important for U.S. interests in the region, both economically ...
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WEEKLY ADDRESS: Climate Change Can No Longer Be Ignored

WASHINGTON, DC — In this week’s address, the President spoke about his commitment to combatting the threat of climate change and to keeping ourselves and future generations safe.  The effects of climate change can no longer be denied or ignored – 2014 was the planet’s warmest year recorded, and 14 of the 15 hottest years ...
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U.S. Army’s Top Pacific Commander to Visit Chile

At the invitation of the Chilean Army Commander, General Humberto Oviedo, General Vincent K. Brooks, Commanding General of U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC), will be in Chile April 15-16 for an official visit with the Chilean Army. While in Santiago, he will meet with military and government civilian officials to discuss bi-lateral topics in the areas ...
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U.S. & Chile to ‘officially’ kick off LSST construction

From distant exploding supernovae and nearby asteroids to the mysteries of dark matter, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) promises to survey the night skies and provide data to solve the universe’s biggest mysteries. On April 14, news media are invited to join the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) ...
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The President’s Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative and Programs to Support Youth Development in Central America and the Caribbean

On April 9, The White House launched the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) to expand opportunities for emerging entrepreneurs and civil society activists.  YLAI will incubate and accelerate the work of young business and civil society leaders from Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States.  YLAI will provide 250 fellowships each year to ...
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U.S. Government to Provide Additional $186,000 USD in Disaster Assistance

In addition to the $100,000 dollars announced on March 28, the U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and the U.S. Department of Defense, is providing an additional $186,000 USD in assistance to areas affected by the recent natural disasters. Of the $186,000 USD, the U.S. Agency for ...
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State Department Coordinator for Cyber Issues, Christopher Painter, Visits Chile

Christopher Painter, the Department of State’s Coordinator for Cyber Issues, is traveling to Uruguay, Argentina and Chile April 6-10 to meet with host government officials on a range of cyber policy issues. In Santiago and Montevideo, Coordinator Painter will meet with government officials to learn about their work on cyber security policy. In Argentina, Coordinator ...
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NASA Flew Radar Collecting Data in Chile

A NASA piloted aircraft carrying the Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar (UAVSAR) flew over Chile in March collecting scientific data as part of a South America campaign to address a broad range of questions, from the dynamics of Earth’s crust and glaciers to the carbon cycle and the lives of ancient Peruvian civilizations. UAVSAR ...
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U.S. Government Provides $100,000 in Disaster Assistance in Response to Flooding in North of Chile

The U.S. government expresses its condolences for the tragedy in the north of Chile as the result of recent severe flooding and mudslides. Our sympathies go out to the victims and their families. In response to a request by the Government of Chile, the U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of ...
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President Obama Hosts 5th White House Science Fair

President Obama will host the 2015 White House Science Fair today and celebrate the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. As part of the Fair, President Obama will announce over $230 million in new private sector commitments to get more girls and boys, ...
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U.S. Expert in Education Visits Chile

Prof. Thomas J. Kane, Ph.D., economist and Walter H. Gale Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will be the keynote speaker at the Espacio Público Forum on “Teacher Related Policies: Chile Within the International Experience” (Nueva Política Docente: Chile a la luz de la experiencia internacional) to be held on Thursday, ...
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U.S. Congressman Steve Chabot Visits Chile

United States Representative Steve Chabot from Ohio (R-OH) is visiting Santiago today, Wednesday, March 11 to conduct bilateral meetings with representatives from the Government of Chile and the private sector. Congressman Chabot has served Ohio’s First Congressional District for 18 years. In the current U.S. Congress he serves on the House Committee on the Judiciary, ...
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Presidents Day: Honoring U.S. Presidents Washington and Lincoln

Washington’s Birthday is a U.S. federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first president of the United States. Increasingly, the holiday has become an occasion to celebrate the birthdays of both President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln. Many Americans call the holiday Presidents Day. George Washington ...
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FACT SHEET: Promoting Prosperity, Security and Good Governance in Central America

Today, the Administration announced that the President will request an historic $1 billion as part of his Fiscal Year 2016 Budget to contribute to the evolution of an economically-integrated Central America that is fully democratic, provides greater economic opportunities to its people, promotes more accountable, transparent, and effective public institutions, and ensures the safety of its ...
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Visit to the Chilean Base in the Antarctic

In December 2014, a delegation from U.S. Army RDECOM Forward Element Command-Americas (RFEC-AME) led by Mr. José Miguel Larenas visited the Chilean Army’s O’Higgins Base in the Antarctic. The expedition was in response to an earlier invitation by the Chilean Army Chief of Staff, General Humberto Oviedo. The primary goal of the expedition was to ...
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State’s Jacobson on Extended Session with Cuba

U.S. Department of State Press Statement Roberta S. Jacobson Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs Havana, Cuba January 22, 2015 Extended Bilateral Session with Cuba Today, January 22, 2015, U.S. and Cuban officials met in Havana to discuss issues of mutual interest to the United States and Cuba. The Cuban delegation was led by ...
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U.S. Distinguished Art Collector and Author to Launch Native American Art Exhibit at Ambassador’s Residence

Dr. Mark Sublette, a recognized art collector and American author, will be the guest of honor at a reception on Saturday, January 24, to kick off the Native American art exhibit at the residence of U.S. Ambassador to Chile Michael Hammer. The Ambassador’s art collection is part of the State Department’s Art in Embassies Program ...
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Assistant Secretary Jacobson’s Travel to Cuba

Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta S. Jacobson will travel to Havana, Cuba on January 21-24 to take advantage of previously planned Migration Talks to launch a discussion with the Cuban Government on re-establishing diplomatic relations. Re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba is a key step for the implementation of changes in the ...
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Remarks by the President in State of the Union Address

THE PRESIDENT:  Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans: We are 15 years into this new century.  Fifteen years that dawned with terror touching our shores; that unfolded with a new generation fighting two long and costly wars; that saw a vicious recession spread across our nation and the world.  It ...
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Thirteen Chilean Students Selected as Youth Ambassadors 2015

Thirteen Chilean students from public and semi-public schools belonging to different regions of the country were selected from a total of more than 250 candidates to represent Chile in the Youth Ambassadors Program in the United States. The students, ages 15 to 17, will travel to the United States for three weeks where they will ...
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Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.: A Day to Serve Others

Martin Luther King Jr. once said: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” Each year, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Americans attempt to answer that question by performing community service. Born on January 15, 1929, King became a Baptist minister and devoted his life to ensuring equal rights ...
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Statement by the Press Secretary on the Publication of Regulatory Changes regarding Cuba

Last month, President Obama announced historic changes to our Cuba policy, beginning the process of normalization between our countries, and announcing his commitment to ease restrictions on American citizens and businesses.  Today, the U.S. Departments of the Treasury and Commerce took a significant step forward in delivering on the President’s new direction by publishing regulatory ...
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School Safety course developed by USAID-OFDA

Last weekend, 28 professors from distinct schools in Santiago were trained in a School Safety course developed by USAID-OFDA, the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance of the United States, which forms part of the Agency for International Development in Chile. The initiative was established in partnership with the Academy of Civil Protection of ONEMI. Its ...
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SelectUSA 2015 Investment Summit

Nominations for the second SelectUSA Investment Summit will be accepted until January 15. The Summit will be held March 23-24, 2015 in Washington, DC. During the SelectUSA Summit, investors from around the world will have the opportunity to explore all aspects of facilitating and/or expanding operations in the United States. The Summit will also provide ...
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Creation of the First Business Development Centers for Small and Medium Businesses

The Minister of Economy, Luis Felipe Céspedes, along with the General Manager of Sercotec, Bernardo Troncoso, and the U.S. Ambassador to Chile Michael Hammer announced the creation of the first 33 Business Development Centers to help small and medium businesses. The centers are the result of a cooperative agreement between the United States and Chile ...
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Happy Holidays from the President and First Lady

In this week’s address, the President and First Lady wished Americans a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, and thanked our brave troops for their service. Especially as our combat mission in Afghanistan comes to a responsible end in the coming days, we are reminded of all that military men, women, and families sacrifice to keep ...
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Toys for Tots 2014

On December 22, Marines from the U.S. Embassy in Santiago visited Colegio Diferencial Quillahue located in Lo Prado. They participated in a Christmas activity with volunteers from Red de Alimentos organization. The U.S. Marines delivered Christmas gifts to the children and sang various holiday songs. To see all the photos of the event, click here . ...
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Kerry on Announcement of Cuba Policy Change

I was a seventeen year old kid watching on a black and white television set when I first heard an American President talk of Cuba as an “imprisoned island.” For five and a half decades since, our policy toward Cuba has remained virtually frozen, and done little to promote a prosperous, democratic and stable Cuba. ...
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Fact Sheet: Charting a New Course on Cuba

Today, the United States is taking historic steps to chart a new course in our relations with Cuba and to further engage and empower the Cuban people. We are separated by 90 miles of water, but brought together through the relationships between the two million Cubans and Americans of Cuban descent that live in the ...
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International Visits to U.S. on the Rise

Some 6.1 million international visitors traveled to the United States in September 2014, a 2 percent increase from September 2013, the U.S. government announced December 15. Every month in 2014 has had an increase from the previous year, the U.S. International Trade Administration said. “Today’s data proves that the administration’s efforts to promote the United ...
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Tampa Bay Export Alliance in Chile

The Tampa Bay Export Alliance will lead a trade mission to Santiago from December 1-5, 2014 to promote export opportunities for local businesses between Chile and the United States. The trade mission includes representatives from fourteen U.S. companies from different areas that will hold meetings with Chilean entrepreneurs, exporters, distributors, and potential partners, and will ...
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U.S. Expert on Gender in Chile

Carol Hardy-Fanta, specialist and Director Emeritus at the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts, will visit Valparaíso and Santiago December 1-3 to share her experiences. On December 1, Hardy-Fanta will hold meetings with researchers and teachers at the Universidad Playa Ancha in Valparaíso and will participate in a ...
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Commerce Official Looks to Explore New Trade Opportunities in Chile

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, Walter Bastian, will travel to Chile December 2-3, 2014, to explore ways of building new bilateral trade opportunities. While in Chile, Bastian will meet with government officials and private sector executives as he seeks to build upon the strong ...
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Thanksgiving: A Favorite U.S. Holiday

Thanksgiving in the United States is a time to gather with family and friends, share a traditional meal and express gratitude for the good things in life. It can also be a time of service to others in the community. Celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, the American Thanksgiving holiday traces its origins to ...
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Fact Sheet: Immigration Accountability Executive Action

The President’s Immigration Accountability Executive Actions will help secure the border, hold nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants accountable, and ensure that everyone plays by the same rules.  Acting within his legal authority, the President is taking an important step to fix our broken immigration system. These executive actions crack down on illegal immigration at the ...
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Obama to Discuss U.S. Immigration System

My fellow Americans, tonight, I’d like to talk with you about immigration. For more than 200 years, our tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world has given us a tremendous advantage over other nations.  It’s kept us youthful, dynamic, and entrepreneurial.  It has shaped our character as a people with limitless possibilities – people ...
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NBA Hall of Fame Star and WNBA Figure to Visit Chile

The State Department’s Sports Envoy program will pair basketball Hall of Famer Alex English with WNBA star Candice Wiggins for a week-long series of clinics and engagements in Santiago and Concepcion, Chile from November 16-22. In cooperation with the NBA and WNBA, the State Department’s Sports United Division of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs will ...
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Director of MIT’s School Effectiveness and Inequality Initiative visits Chile

Professor Parag Pathak, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Economics at MIT and director of MIT’s School Effectiveness and Inequality Initiative will be the keynote speaker at the Catholic University seminar on “The U.S. Education Reform: Lessons Learned in the Past Decade”, open to the public, to be held on Tuesday, November 18 at the Aula Magna ...
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President Barack Obama Will Deliver the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Chilean Writer Isabel Allende

On November 10, President Obama named nineteen recipients of the  Presidential Medal of Freedom , including Chilean novelist Isabel Allende. “I look forward to presenting these nineteen bold, inspiring Americans with our nation’s highest civilian honor,” said the President. “From activists who fought for change to artists who explored the furthest reaches of our imagination; from scientists who kept ...
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