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19th February 2011

Those who read this blog with any frequency are no doubt aware that the administration routinely posts the holiday closing schedules of the various Asia-Pacific US Missions as a courtesy to the public. The following 2011 holiday closing schedule is quoted directly from the official website of the United States Embassy in Wellington, New Zealand:

Date

Occasion

Location

January 1 – Saturday (holiday Dec 31, 2010 (US), Jan 3 (NZ)) New Year’s Day NZ/US
January 2 – Sunday (holiday Jan 4 (NZ)) Day After New Year’s Day NZ
January 17 – Monday Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday US
January 24 – Monday Wellington Anniversary (Wellington Only) NZ
January 31 – Monday Auckland Anniversary (Auckland Only) NZ
February 6 - Sunday Waitangi Day NZ
February 21 – Monday Presidents’ Day US
April 22 – Friday Good Friday NZ
April 25 – Monday Easter Monday NZ
April 25 – Monday Anzac Day NZ
May 30 – Monday Memorial Day US
June 6 – Monday Queen’s Birthday NZ
July 4 – Monday Independence Day US
September 5 – Monday Labor Day US
October 10 – Monday Columbus Day US
October 24 – Monday Labour Day NZ
November 11 – Friday Veterans Day US
November 11 – Friday Canterbury Anniversary (Christchurch Only) NZ
November 24 – Thursday Thanksgiving Day US
December 25 – Sunday Christmas Day NZ/US
December 26 – Monday Boxing Day NZ

Note: The Embassy and Consulate observe New Zealand and American public holidays.

Those wishing to visit the official website of the US Embassy in New Zealand please click HERE.

Those wishing to obtain services which can only be performed by American Consular officers (such as Consular Report of Birth Abroad issuance, US Passport issuance, or issuance of additional visa pages to a previously issued US Passport) are well advised to attempt to make an appointment online with the American Citizen Services (ACS) Section of the US Embassy or US Consulate with appropriate geographic jurisdiction.

Those seeking Non-Immigrant Visas such as the US student visa (F-1 visa) or the J-1 exchange visitor visa are likely to see their visa application processed by a non-immigrant visa unit. It should be noted that applications for the visa categories noted above are likely to be scrutinized pursuant to section 214(b) of the United States Immigration and Nationality Act.

Those American Citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents seeking immigrant visas such as the CR-1 visa and/or the IR-1 visa for a foreign spouse are likely to see the beneficiary’s visa application processed at an Immigrant Visa Unit abroad. It should be noted that for processing purposes the K-1 visa (A non-immigrant US fiance visa) is treated in much the same manner as the spousal visa categories noted above.

EB-5 visa seekers and L-1 visa seekers must generally obtain approval on an immigration petition from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) prior to making a visa application at a US Mission abroad. E-2 visa seekers may be required to process an immigration petition or apply at a US Post abroad depending upon the applicant’s circumstances.

For more information about Immigration In America by Investment please see: EB-5 Visa New Zealand.

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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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