After the FSM closed its borders in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, many of its returning residents were left stranded on Guam, Hawaii, and other locations. But according to the FSM Office of the President, these stranded citizens can now avail of funding assistance from the government.
Just today, the FSM national government announced that they are providing $1,000 for qualified single adults and $1,500 for families stranded abroad.
Applicants must be FSM citizens carrying an FSM passport.
Applicants must first complete an application form and provide a copy of their passport, travel itinerary, and/or ticket. The FSM National Government may request further information if one’s application requires further support and review.
The application form and requirements can be found here.
Applications and supporting documents can be submitted online. If stranded citizens do not have access to the internet, they may apply in person at the FSM Consulates in Hawaii and Guam to receive assistance.
FSM President David Panuelo announced in his State of the Nation address in May that the national government has allocated $300,000 to fund the program.
“Mr. Speaker…as discussed with the Congressional Committee to Wait on the President, I join you and our four governors in announcing financial support for our stranded citizens in the amount of $300,000 … In the coming days … we will be assisting each and every one of our citizens currently stranded in transit abroad especially in Guam and Hawaii, our citizens…as you know…Mr. Speaker and members of Congress is our obligation,” Panuelo said.
FSM citizens who have already received financial assistance through other federal, FSM national, or insurance coverage may not be eligible for assistance, but are encouraged to apply as each case will be individually considered.