Rs 2.6 million to 5 NGOs
September 25, 2014: Ambassador Villarosa signed five agreements with NGOs to provide funding of Rs 2.6 million ($85,000) under the 2014 Democracy and Human Rights Fund. The beneficiaries are Women in Politics, SOS Femmes, Transparency Mauritius, Mauritius Bar Association and International Organization for Migration.
Women in Uniform Networking
September 24, 2014: Ambassador Shari Villarosa hosted a gathering at her residence for the Women in Uniform Network. The aim of this group is to raise the profile of women in uniform and get them to network amongst themselves. It comprises women from the Police, Fire Services, Prison Service, Nurses, and Customs.
The Role of Media in Elections
September 23, 2014 : The U.S. Embassy hosted a panel discussion on the role of media in elections with members of the press and civil society. Panelists and Chargé d'affaires Susan Falatko discussed the importance the press in guaranteeing free and fair elections, an informed voting public and accountable governance.
Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation
September 11, 2014: Chargé d'Affaires Susan Falatko and Director of the Aapravasi Ghat Trust (AGTF) Fund Jeewan Mohit finalized a Rs 600,000 donation through the Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation to the AGTF for documentation and conservation of the former quarantine station in Flat Island at a signing ceremony.
Young African Leaders, The Way Forward
September 2, 2014: Ambassador Villarosa hosted members of the Young African Leaders Network, Yes You(th) Can and Pan-African Youth Leadership Program alumni. Led by the Mandela Washington Fellows, guests discussed the way forward for the emerging generation of Mauritian entrepreneurs, activists, and public officials.
Additional Embassy Information
The Diversity Visa Program (DV-2016) will open on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at noon and will close on Monday, November 3, 2014 at noon. Applicants must submit entries electronically during the registration period using the electronic DV entry form (E-DV) at www.dvlottery.state.gov. Registration for the DV Program is free. Paper entries will not be accepted. Only one entry may be submitted during the registration period. For more information, please visit the State Department website here »
Have you participated in a U.S.-Government funded exchange or education program locally or in the United States? Have you studied in an American University? If so, the Embassy of the United States of America wants to connect with YOU! It does not matter if it was a year or 15 years (or more) ago! Download the Alumni Registration Form and follow the instructions. Please share the information if you know someone who is eligible. For questions, email US:email@example.com. Download the Alumni Registration Form here »
Fraudulent U.S. Visa Businesses on the Rise
Port Louis, May 28, 2014: Several companies in Mauritius and online claim to offer U.S. visa “expediting” services, often promising to assist with the issuance of U.S. visas for a hefty fee. The United States Embassy in Port Louis wishes to advise all visa applicants that these claims are false. U.S. visas fees can only be paid to the consular cashier at the U.S. Embassy in Port Louis at the time of the visa interview, and are only accepted in cash (U.S. dollars or Mauritian rupees). No other fees are required, and any other payment visa applicants makes to any entity outside of this official process has no bearing on their visa applications or interviews. For any questions or clarification, please contact the U.S. consular team by e-mail at PTLConsular@state.gov.
The redesigned $100 note: Easy to use, hard to counterfeit
The redesigned $100 note will be issued on October 8, 2013. It will begin circulating across the US and around the world in the weeks and months that follow. It is not necessary to trade in your older-design notes for new ones. This $100 note was redesigned to protect your money by staying ahead of counterfeiters. More than a decade of research went into the redesigned note’s security features. The redesigned $100 notes are easy to authenticate. Over than the watermark, look for two new security features: a 3D security ribbon and the bell in the Inkwell. For more information, click here »
It gets better project
The mission of the It Gets Better Project is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them. For more information »
Shari Villarosa arrived in Mauritius on November 2, 2012.
Monday, October 13, 2014
The U.S. Embassy will be closed on that day. For other holidays observed, please consult the full holiday listing.
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