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Embassy of the Independent State of Samoa to the United States of America

CONSULAR SERVICES:
 
Talofa lava, the Embassy of Samoa warmly welcomes you to our official website which provides general information about the Consular Services facilitated by the Embassy for nationals of Samoa residing in the United States of America and Canada, such as passport applications, certificate of identity and other official documents issued by the Government of Samoa.
 
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR A NEW SAMOAN PASSPORT:
 
To obtain a new Samoa passport, the applicant must be a Samoan citizen. The following information and fees should be forwarded to the Embassy at the highlighted address below or directly to the Chief Executive Officer for Samoa Immigration under the Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, P.O. Box L 1861, Apia, Independent State of Samoa; Tel: 685 63 222;  Fax 685 21 339. 
 
In this regard, please ensure that all of the requirements stated in bold below are thoroughly understood and complied with before sending the requested documentation to the Embassy for onwards transmission to our Immigration Division in Samoa:
 
1.     A completed copy of the Samoan Passport Application Form to be duly signed by the applicant and notarized by a Notary Officer:   https://www.un.int/samoa/sites/www.un.int/files/Samoa/Documents/passport_application_form.pdf
  • Part A requires the seal and signature of the Notary Public just below the applicant’s signature and date or on a new page;
  • Part B requires the details and signature of a national of Samoa who is an upstanding member of the society in the States and knows the applicant well (e.g. person can be a Minister of the Church but not a family member)
  • Should the applicant not be able to satisfy Part B, then submit a notarized letter explaining why the applicant was unable to do so in lieu of the certification section.
2.     Expired Samoa passport;
 
3.     Original copy of Birth Certificate;
 
4.     Any additional documentation necessary to support one’s application if applicant is intending to add another name onto the application form (e.g. Marriage Certificate, Certificate of Matai title or Legal document);
 
5.     Notarized clear and coloured copy of your current valid Green card and or US Drivers license for further verification purposes (Please make a copy of both US IDs on the same page);
 
6.     Two (2) identical colour passport photographs. The notary public to endorse the back of one photo to further confirm that the said photo was the true and current likeness of the applicant;
 
7.     Please be sure to send your application documents together with a prepaid return Expressed Postage (e.g.  Fed EX, USPS, UPS) for the Embassy to mail you the new Samoan passport upon receipt from Samoa;
 
8.     Mail the requested application documents to the following understated address:
 
Embassy of Samoa
C/o Permanent Mission of Samoa
to the United Nations
685 Third Avenue, Suite 1102
New York, NY 10017
   
NOTE: All Passport application are processed and approved through the Prime Minister’s Department, Apia, Samoa. Please allow sufficient time (8 to 12 weeks), for standard processing and (4 to 6 weeks), for the expedited issuance of the new Samoan passports.
 
Please feel free to contact the Embassy if you have any further questions.
 
Fa'afetai.
 
NEW FEES FOR PASSPORTS EFFECTIVE 9 OCTOBER 2017:
 
Adult Passport Fees:                                                                     Fee                                 Consular                              Total
(valid for 10 years) 
                                                                          (US$)                             Administration                  (US$)
                                                                                                                                                               Fee (US$)   
 
i)   Standard fee for the issuance of a new passport                          250                                      20                                      270                                       
                               
ii)   Urgent  issuance of a new passport                                                300                                     20                                      320                                                                                                                                                                                
iii)  Replacement of a lost / damaged passport                                   500                                     20                                      520
                       
iv)  Urgent replacement of a lost / damaged passport                      550                                      20                                      570
                               
 
2.      Child Passport Fees:
         (Children 16 years and under)
 
i)   Standard fee for the issuance of a new passport                            125                                      20                                     145
                                                                       
ii)   Urgent  issuance of a new passport                                                 175                                       20                                     195
           
iii)  Replacement  of a lost / damaged passport                                  250                                      20                                     270
                                                                                   
iv)  Urgent replacement of a lost / damaged passport                       300                                     20                                      320
 
 
Endorsement Fees:
For any name changes or for the renewal of passports                         60                                     20                                       80
(for emergency only)
               
 
Kindly note that fees are payable to the Government of Samoa in certified cheque of money order.
 
 
 
 
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REQUIREMENTS FOR A CERTIFICATE OF IDENTITY (CI):
 
To obtain a Samoa Certificate of Identity (for travel purposes back to Samoa), applicants must ensure that all the requirements stated in bold below are thoroughly understood and complied with before sending the requested documents to the Embassy. Kindly be advised that a Certificate of Identity is only valid for a single entry into Samoa and will only be issued under the expressed approval of the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
 
In this regard, please ensure that all of the requirements stated in bold below are thoroughly understood and complied with before sending the requested documentation
to the Embassy for onwards transmission to our Immigration Division in Samoa:
 
1.     Samoan Passport Application Form to be duly completed, signed and  notarized; https://www.un.int/samoa/sites/www.un.int/files/Samoa/Documents/passport_application_form.pdf
 
2.     Applications for the issuance of a Certificate of Identity must be accompanied by a cover letter that indicates the following:
 
• The reason for the urgency of your request with supporting document,  for instance a letter from your family's primary care physician in Samoa confirming the critical health condition of a family member in Samoa, the death certificate, confirmation letter for date of title hearing from Samoa etc;
 
• The date when you are expected to depart from the States to be supported by a confirmed travel itinerary;
 
• That you fully understand that the Certificate is granted only on the condition that you would be lodging an application for a new Samoa Passport upon arrival in Apia as the Certificate of Identity is valid for the trip to Samoa only.
 
3.     Original or notarized and clear coloured copy of your expired passport (notarized copy will suffice if departure is imminent). 
 
4.     Original or notarized coloured copy of your original Samoan Birth Certificate (notarized copy will suffice if departure is imminent);
 
5.     Requisite fee for the issuance of a Certificate of Identity is as follows: 
  •      Standard fee                  --   US $60 
  •     Administration fee      --   US $10

                                 Total fee       --  US $80   (Kindly note that fees are payable to the Government of Samoa in certified cheque or  money order).

6.     Two coloured passport photos each (signed by the applicant on the back and scanned copies will suffice given the urgency);
 
7.     Notarized and clear coloured copy of your current valid US identification card, that is, Green card and Driver’s license to be submitted for further verification purposes. [Please scan a copy of both IDs on one page];
 
8.     Additional documentation in support your application (e.g. Marriage Certificate, or Legal Document, photo identification cards; Drivers License, State ID or Work ID etc.;
 
9.     Please be sure to send your application documents together with a prepaid return expressed postage (e.g. DHS, Fed EX, USPS, UPS) for the Embassy to mail your Certificate of Identity back upon the receipt of approval from Samoa for security and expediency purposes.
 
10.     Mail your application documents package to the following understated address:
         
         Embassy of Samoa
         C/o Permanent Mission of Samoa
         To the United Nations
         685 Third Avenue, Suite 1102
         New York, NY 10017
 
Kindly note that Samoa Immigration would require at least a week to consider the request with the necessary supporting documents and with this in mind, it would be advisable for the applicants to send us the requested documents at their earliest convenience.
 
Should you have any further questions regarding any of the requirements, please do not hesitate to contact us at:
T: (212) 599-6196
 
Faafetai
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