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Useful Links

U.S. Government Websites

Census Bureau - http://www.census.gov
Demographics, results from the last census, and more on the 250 million or so Americans living in the US.

Customs - http://www.cbp.gov/
Information about US Customs regulations and procedures that apply to travelers entering or exiting the United States. You can also find the latest alerts for travelers at this site.

Federal Citizen Information Center - http://www.info.gov/
A generalized center for finding links and referrals to just about anything you might want to know about the Federal Government.

Federal Citizen Information Center - http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov
A treasure trove of information pamphlets and publications available for free download, or to order online! They also have a page of links to just about any government agency or office (consumer-related) you might need.

House of Representatives - http://www.house.gov
As per the Constitution, the US House of Representatives makes and passes federal laws. The House is one of Congress’s two chambers (the other is the US Senate), and part of the federal government’s legislative branch. The number of voting representatives in the House is fixed by law at no more than 435, proportionally representing the population of the 50 states.

Internal Revenue Service - http://www.irs.gov
Taxpayer information, including downloadable forms, booklets and instructions. The home page is updated daily with news and general information. Is this the "kinder, gentler" IRS we've all been hearing about? Save yourself a trip to the local consulate by downloading your tax forms from this site!

Legislative Information - Library of Congress - http://thomas.loc.gov
Want to know what legislation has been proposed, debated or passed by Congress? Who is sponsoring what bills? What are the Committees up to, and who is on which committee? This Library of Congress site can track down legislative information for the current or past sessions of the House and Senate.

Senate - http://www.senate.gov
The United States Senate is the upper house of the bicameral legislature of the United States, and together with the United States House of Representatives comprises the United States Congress.

Social Security Administration - http://www.ssa.gov
Information about programs, benefits, and an online form for requesting your SSA earnings statement, changes in name or address, or replacing a lost social security card.

State Department - http://www.state.gov
The State Department website offers a wide range of information of particular interest to Americans living overseas. US citizens are urged to register at http://www.travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html (click on "Before you Go" and "Enroll in STEP") for continuously updated travel advisories and warnings, information on citizenship issues, finding jobs and studying abroad. This is also the place to find the annual Human Rights Reports issued on over 100 different countries around the world. And there is a links page giving you access to all the US Embassies and Consulates with websites: http://www.usembassy.gov/

Lobbying

OpenCongress - http://www.opencongress.org
This new site is getting a lot of attention. It allows you to track a bill from beginning to end. You can ask to be notified of each and every change made to the bill and by whom. You can track what individual members of congress are working on as well as committees. It also tracks blogs commenting on bills and Congress People.

GovTrack.us - http://www.govtrack.us/
GovTrack.us is an independent tool to help the public research and track the activities in the US Congress, promoting government transparency and civic education.

Track US Legislation and Congress - http://www.wikihow.com/Track-US-Legislation-and-Congress
This is an excellent site for getting an overall picture of how to track legislation, who to contact and how to follow up.

Whitehouse - http://www.whitehouse.gov
Here's where you can make your views and ideas known to President Barack Obama.

Voting and Election Information

Democrats Abroad - http://www.democratsabroad.org
Republicans Abroad - http://www.republicansabroad.com

Annenberg Political Fact Check - http://www.factcheck.org
The Annenberg Political Fact Check is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. It is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in US politics. It monitors "the factual accuracy of what is said by major US political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and newsreleases.

Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) - http://www.fvap.gov/
This Web site provides information to US citizens covered by the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA). The FVAP site will give you the information you need to register from overseas! While the FVAP is an agency of the US Defense Department, information is available for both military personnel and civilians living overseas. You can download the Federal Post Card Application form (FPCA) from this site. If you vote as a regular state voter, this site can still help you, as it includes links to the state election sites.

League of Women Voters - http://www.lwv.org
The League of Women Voters has long been an excellent source of non-partisan voting information. The LWV site contains information about voting, the issues and candidates, and links to other sites you might be looking for, including those state and local League organizations that have their own Web pages.

Overseas Vote Foundation - http://www.overseasvotefoundation.org
OVF's mission is to facilitate and increase participation of American overseas voters and military voters and their dependents in federal elections by providing public access to innovative voter registration tools and services.

The Pew Research Center - http://pewresearch.org
The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan "fact tank" that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It does not take positions on policy issues.

Smart Voter - http://www.smartvoter.org
Smart Voter provides personalized, non-partisan voter information for local, state, and federal elections in California and Ohio. The service is an educational project of the non-profit League of Women Voters in those two states. Archives showing results of past elections are also available. Additional links to assist overseas voters are included.

Other Resources for Americans Overseas

AARP - http://www.aarp.org
AARP is the leading U.S. organization for persons age 50 and over. For information on health, finance, voter registration and absentee ballots, as well as long-distance caregiving and travel discounts, log on to www.aarp.org/worldwide or call 202 737-9860.

American Chamber of Commerce - http://www.amchamfrance.org
The American Chamber of Commerce in France (AmChamFrance) was founded in 1894, making it the oldest US business organization abroad. The Chamber is an independent non-profit association registered both in France and in the United States.

American Citizens Abroad (ACA) - http://www.aca.ch
Based in Geneva, Switzerland, ACA has long been active in the cause of securing fair and equitable treatment for US citizens living abroad. Their Web site has downloadable information on voting, citizenship and census issues, plus links to various resources.

The American Club of Paris - http://www.americanclubparis.org
The American Club of Paris, founded in 1904, has its roots in Benjamin Franklin's Sunday dinners. The Club hosts prominent speakers for its regular luncheons to promote Franco-American dialogue and holds numerous social and cultural events.

American Overseas Memorial Day Association (AOMDA) - http://www.aomda.com
AOMDA was founded in 1920 for the decoration, on Memorial Day, of the graves, tombs and monuments of American Servicemen and women of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Auxiliary Services buried overseas.

Americans for Medicare in Mexico - http://www.medicareinmexico.org
Americans for Medicare in Mexico, A.C. (AMMAC) is a legally chartered Mexican non-profit organization based in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. AMMAC was formed in April, 2009, in order to coordinate a campaign to obtain U.S. Congressional authorization for a Medicare Demonstration Project, benefitting eligible seniors residing in Mexico.

AnAmericanAbroad.com - http://www.anamericanabroad.com
AnAmericanAbroad.com is the trusted online resource for Americans Abroad and/or those seeking to go abroad. With news, columns, community forum, reviews, shopping, tourist info, tool & guides, publications, country reports, links, etc. Our goal is to promote travel abroad, educate Americans within the US about the outside world, form a community for Americans residing overseas.

eXPAT CAREERS - http://www.expatcareers.com
eXPAT CAREERS is the number one expatriate job site. Search and browse for jobs worldwide. Find work or recruit the ideal candidate.

Expatriates.com - http://www.expatriates.com
Community ads, resource directory, and forum for expatriates.

Federation of American Women's Clubs Overseas (FAWCO) - http://www.fawco.org
Check to see if there is an American women's club near you. There are now 79 member clubs (and growing!), located in over 35 countries around the world. FAWCO clubs support a wide range of projects, including basic literacy, voting and citizenship rights, students who learn differently. In addition, the FAWCO Foundation makes grants and scholarship awards available to its member clubs and their members and family members.

InterNations - http://www.internations.org
InterNations is an international community for American and other expatriates who live and work abroad, allowing members to interact with and meet each other in their local communities. InterNations members include diplomats, IGO and NGO staff, journalists and other expats in hundreds of cities around the world.

Meetup.com - http://american.meetup.com
The purpose of this AARO meetup group is to provide a venue for the American community in Paris to come together for regular, informal events. Both AARO members and non-members are invited to join us to meet fellow Americans in Paris in a relaxed, friendly environment.

SOS Helpline - http://www.soshelpline.org
SOS Helpline is an English-Speaking Crisis Line taking calls from 3pm to 11pm French time. Calls are confidential, callers remain anonymous, and listeners are non-judgemental.

USA Girl Scouts Overseas – http://www.girlscouts.org/who_we_are/global
USA Girl Scouts Overseas serves thousands of girls who want to enjoy the same excitement, fun and adventures in Girl Scouting as their stateside Girl Scout sisters. If you are relocating to another country with your family or know a girl who is relocating to a different culture in a new land, you'll find that this branch of Girl Scouts of the USA can help ease the transition.

AARO Meetup

meetup_logoNext AARO Meetup: 
Monday, May 5

Join AARO for its monthly lunch and lively discussion of political issues affecting overseas Americans - from taxes to voting to citizenship to whatever else is on your mind. Get to know us and learn more about the organization!

Please Note: Venue may change, to be announced!

Date: Monday, May 5
Time: 12h30
Place: Pizza Pino, 57 Boulevard Montparnasse, Paris 75006
Metro: Falguière or Notre-Dame-des-Champs
Info: http://american.meetup.com/197/

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