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12th January 2011

Those who view this blog with any regularity may have noticed that the administration routinely posts the holiday closing schedules of the various United States Embassies and United States Consulates in the Southern and Southeast Asia region as a courtesy to readers. The following is quoted directly from the official website of the American Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia:

U.S. Holiday Indonesian Holiday Date Day
New Year’s Day New Year’s Day January 1 Saturday
Birthday of Martin
Luther King, Jr.
January 17 Monday
Chinese New Year February 3 Thursday
Muhammad’s Birthday February 15 Tuesday
Washington’s
Birthday

[President's Day]
February 21 Monday
Nyepi Saka March 5 Saturday
Good Friday April 22 Friday
Waisak May 17 Tuesday
Memorial Day May 30 Monday
Ascension of Christ June 2 Thursday
Ascension of Muhammad June 29 Wednesday
Independence
Day (U.S.)
July 4 Monday
Indonesian
Indepedence Day
August 17 Wednesday
Idul Fitri
1 Syawal 1432 H
August 30-
September 1
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Labor Day September 5 Monday
Columbus Day October 10 Monday
Idul Adha 1432 H November 6 Sunday
Veterans Day November 11 Friday
Thanksgiving Day November 24 Thursday
Muslim New Year
1433 H
November 27 Sunday
Christmas Day December 25 Sunday
Christmas Day December 26 Monday

Those seeking services such as the issuance of a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, US Passport, or additional visa pages for a previously issued US Passport are well advised to contact an American Citizen Services Section of the nearest US Embassy or US Consulate with appropriate Consular jurisdiction. It should be noted that in many cases it is possible for one to set an appointment with American Citizen Services in advance. In many cases, setting such an appointment in advance can greatly streamline the processing of requests brought before the Post.

Generally, visa applicant seeking non-immigrant visas such as the B-2 visa (US Tourist Visa), B-1 visa (US Business Visa), F-1 visa (US Student Visa), J-1 visa (Cultural Exchange) are required to process their application through a Non-Immigrant Visa (NIV) Unit abroad. Those seeking non-immigrant visas are generally scrutinized pursuant to section 214(b) of the United States Immigration and Nationality Act.

Those seeking US family visas for loved ones from Indonesia are likely to process their request through an Immigrant Visa Unit. However, it should be noted that most immigrant visa applications are only processed after the initial adjudication and approval of an immigration petition at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). For spouses the CR-1 and the IR-1 visa categories have seen increasing popularity since the administrative closure of many K-3 visa applications. For application processing purposes the K-1 visa, although a US fiance visa classified as a non-immigrant travel document, is treated in much the same way as its immigrant visa counterpart.

The Investor visa category commonly referred to as the EB-5 visa requires the applicant to initially process an immigration petition through the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). This is also generally true for L-1 visa seekers. In some cases, those seeking an E-2 visa do not need to process an immigration petition if the applicant is not within the jurisdiction of the United States (as defined in the US Immigration and Nationality Act).

For those wishing to visit the official homepage of the US Embassy in Jakarta please click HERE.

Those seeking information related to recent developments in Indonesia please see: EB-5 Visa Indonesia, US Visa Indonesia, or K1 Visa Indonesia.

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9th November 2010

Since the topic of American Investment visas was first broached on this blog, this author has received some questions regarding the way in which United States Investment Visas actually operate in the real world. One of the most frequently asked questions pertaining to EB-5 visas is: “Can I get US Citizenship by investing in the United States?” The answer to that question is somewhat nuanced and it requires one to have a rather in-depth understanding of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor visa and the process for obtaining this type of travel document.

There are some countries around the world which have programs whereby investors can obtain virtually instantaneous citizenship simply by investing capital into the economy of the country issuing the nationality documents. In the United States, there is no program that operates this way. However, the EB-5 visa does grant the visa holder lawful permanent residence in the USA. This is a substantial benefit and should not be taken for granted as Lawful Permanent Residence is a highly sought after status that allows the Permanent Resident to permanently reside and work in the United States. Many often refer to Lawful Permanent Residence as “Green Card” status. That said, Lawful Permanent Residence is not American Citizenship. Those in the USA in Green Card status are not permitted to vote in elections, run for political office, and such individuals also cannot obtain a US passport. Although, those in Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status may be eligible to obtain a US reentry permit which allows the bearer to leave the United States for as long as two years without raising the presumption of residential abandonment.

Although there is no “citizenship by investment” program in the USA, the EB-5 visa could be the first step in the United States Naturalization process. For example, if an immigrant investor is granted an EB-5 visa and enters the United States, then that individual would be granted permanent residence upon lawful admission. After residing in the United States for a statutorily prescribed period of time, and assuming all other criteria are met, it may be possible for an EB-5 visa holder to apply for naturalization. Naturalization is the process whereby a foreign national becomes a United States Citizen. The process can be somewhat cumbersome and for those unaccustomed to dealing with immigration matters it may seem complex and frustrating at times, but upon approval of a petition for naturalization an EB-5 Immigrant Investor could theoretically obtain United States Citizenship.

Even though the United States does not offer a direct “Citizenship by Investment” program, one could argue that the US offers a “Path to Citizenship” by Investment program in the form of the EB-5 visa which places holders of said visa on track to possible American Citizenship should all other criteria be adhered to and the physical presence requirement be met.

For related information please see: EB-5 Visa Thailand, EB-5 Visa China, or EB-5 Visa Taiwan.

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