|FSM students at Park University front the President's meeting|
held at the Park University Chapel
One of the primary concerns raised by FSM citizens at Neosho and Kansas City centered on how to satisfy requirements for notarization of passport application without the possession of any valid photo identification document. FSM Ambassador to the United States, Mr. Asterio Takesy, acknowledged that this has been a "chicken and egg" dilemma for citizens without any ID trying to renew a lost or otherwise invalid FSM passport. One of the speakers at the meeting expressed that some FSM citizens are stuck in a situation where their passports can not be processed because the notary public would not notarize application forms without valid ID. Getting an ID card, including a driver's license, requires use of one's passport.
Citizens also asked for clarifications with regards residency privileges beyond 2023 as many of them heard "rumors" of a "must go back home" compact requirement that would kick when the compact expires. In response, it was pointed out that only the economic assistance under the compact have a built in termination date of 2023. The compact, including defense responsibilities and residency privileges would remain unless the whole agreement is called off by either the United States or the Federated States of Micronesia.
|Sr. Anita Helgenberger posing a question during the meeting. |
Before the meeting took place, President Mori took a tour of the Park University campus and met briefly with Michael Droge, Ph.D., president of the university.
|President Mori taking a tour of the Park University Campus with FSM students and Mr. Michael B. Hernandez, Director of |
International Student Services.
The recent survey of FSM citizens in the U.S. shows an increase in number of FSMers in the state of Missouri. Some residents in Kansas City and Neosho believe FSM citizens in Missouri now exceeds two thousand.
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