7 Jan 2006

Samoa hopes to open consulate in American Samoa next month

8:16 am on 7 January 2006

The Samoa Government hopes to open its Consulate Office in American Samoa before the end of this month.

Samoa's Chief Executive Officer for Immigration, Vaasatia Poloma Komiti says the US State Department finally gave approval for the office last month.

The office will issue entry permits for US nationals from American Samoa to visit Samoa and help citizens of Samoa who reside in American Samoa with immigration matters.

The office will also handle normal consular duties such as processing of Samoa passport applications.

Samoa's Assistant CEO of Immigration Mataafa Tomasi will head the consulate.