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11th January 2011

The following is directly quoted from the official website of the United States Consulate in Kolkata, India:

The U.S. Consulate General, the Consular/Visa Section, the Public Affairs Office at the American Center comprising of The American Library(AIRC), USIEF(United States India Educational Foundation) and the United States Foreign Commercial Service at Kolkata, India will observe the following American and Indian holidays in the year 2011.

DATE

DAY

HOLIDAY

TYPE

December 31

Friday*

Substitute for New Year’s Day

American

January 17

Monday

Martin Luther King’s Birthday

American

January 26

Wednesday

Republic Day

Indian

February 21

Monday

Washington’s Birthday

American

April 22

Friday

Good Friday

Indian

May 30

Monday

Memorial Day

American

July 4

Monday

Independence Day

American

August 15

Monday

Independence Day

Indian

August 31

Wednesday

Id-Ul-Fitre

Indian

September 5

Monday

Labor Day

American

October 4

Tuesday

Astami – Durga Puja

Indian

October 5

Wednesday

Nabami – Durga Puja

Indian

October 6

Thursday

Dashami – Durga Puja

Indian

October 10

Monday

Columbus Day

American

October 11

Tuesday

Lakshmi Puja

Indian

October 26

Wednesday

Kali Puja

Indian
November 7

Monday

Id-Ul-Zoha

Indian

November 11

Friday

Veterans Day

American

November 24

Thursday

Thanksgiving Day

American
December 26

Monday**

Christmas Day

American


*In lieu of Saturday , 1/1/11
** In lieu of Sunday, 12/25/11

The administrator of this blog routinely posts the holiday closing schedules of various United States Missions in Asia in an attempt to forestall fruitless trips by Americans abroad to a US Embassy or US Consulate only to find such Posts closed in observance of either an American or, for these purposes, Indian holiday. Those wishing to obtain a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, US Passport, or additional visa pages in a previously issued US Passport are well advised to contact an American Citizen Services Section of the nearest United States Embassy or Consulate. In many cases, an appointment can be made in advance over the internet.

Those interested in visiting the official homepage of the American Consulate in Kolkata please click HERE.

Individuals seeking a temporary United States visa for tourism (B-2 visa), studying (F-1 visa), business (B-1 visa), or cultural exchange (J-1 visa) are usually required to process their application through a Non-Immigrant Visa (NIV) Unit of a United States Embassy or Consulate abroad. It should be noted that non-immigrant visa applicants must overcome the legal presumption enshrined in section 214(b) of the United States Immigration and Nationality Act.

Those seeking an American family based visa are generally required to process their application through an Immigrant Visa (IV) Unit abroad after the adjudication and approval of an immigration petition at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). Although not technically an immigrant visa per se, the K-1 visa, a US fiance visa, is treated much the same way as an American immigrant visa for processing purposes.

Those seeking an L-1 visa or an EB-5 visa are also usually required to process an immigration petition through USCIS prior to making an application for an actual visa at a US Embassy abroad.

For related information please see: Consular Report of Birth Abroad.

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3rd August 2010

This blog frequently posts the holiday closing schedules of US Embassies and US Consulates overseas in an effort to forestall Americans or foreign nationals making an unnecessary and fruitless trip to the Post facilities of a US Mission abroad. The following is the holiday closing schedule for the United States Consulate-General in Kolkata, India as quoted directly from the official website of the US Consulate in Kolkata:

The U.S. Consulate General, the Consular/Visa Section, the Public Affairs Office at the American Center comprising of The American Library(AIRC), USIEF(United States India Educational Foundation) and the United States Foreign Commercial Service at Kolkata, India will observe the following American and Indian holidays in the year 2010.

DATE

DAY

HOLIDAY

TYPE

January 1

Friday

New Year’s Day

American

January 18

Monday

Martin Luther King’s Birthday

American

January 20

Wednesday

Shree Panchami

Indian

January 26

Tuesday

Republic Day

Indian

February 15

Monday

Washington’s Birthday

American

April 02

Friday

Good Friday

Indian

April 15

Thursday

Bengali New Year

Indian

May 31

Monday

Memorial Day

American

July 5

Monday*

Independence Day

American

September 6

Monday

Labor Day

American

October 11

Monday

Columbus Day

American

October 14

Thursday

Durga Puja(Saptami)

Indian

October 15

Friday

Durga Puja(Ashtami)

Indian

October 22

Friday

Lakshmi Puja

Indian

November 05

Friday

Kali Puja

Indian

November 11

Thursday

Veterans’ Day

American

November 17

Wednesday

Id-Ul-Zoha

Indian
November 25

Thursday

Thanksgiving Day

American
December 17

Friday

Muharram

Indian
December 24

Friday**

Christmas Day

American


*In lieu of Sunday , 7/4/10
** In lieu of Saturday, 12/25/10

Some of the popular reasons why American Citizens travel to a US Consular Post or a US Embassy overseas is to obtain new passports, visa pages, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, or notarizations from the American Citizen Services Section of the Consulate. Those seeking such services are well advised to check the operating hours of the American Citizen Services Section of the Consulate as well as the holiday closing schedule in order to forestall a futile trip to the Post due to unforeseen closure.

It should also be noted that many United States Embassies and United States Consulates allow those with business at the post to book appointments online. This provides the Consular staff with an opportunity to better prepare to provide appropriate services to those seeking Consular assistance abroad.

Those seeking a visa to the United States do not deal with the American Citizen Services section of most US Consulates and/or Embassies as American visa applications are generally adjudicated by either the Immigrant visa unit or the non-immigrant visa unit (generally for purposes of Consular adjudication of a visa application the K1 visa is considered an Immigrant visa).

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