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2nd February 2012

In order to provide relevant information for those seeking Consular Services in Southeast Asia the administration of this web log routinely posts the holiday closing schedules of the various US Missions in Asia. The following is quoted directly from the official website of the US Embassy in Cambodia:

Month Day Holiday Khmer/U.S.
January 2 Mon International New Year’s Day U.S.
Jan 16 Mon Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. U.S.
Feb 20 Mon George Washington’s Birthday U.S.
Mar 8 Tue International Women’s Day Khmer
Apr 13 Fri Khmer New Year’s Day Khmer
Apr 16 Mon Khmer New Year’s Day Khmer
May 14 Fri King Sihamoni’s Birthday Khmer
May 28 Mon Memorial Day U.S.
Jun 18 Mon King Mother’s Birthday Khmer
Jul 4 Wed Independence Day U.S.
Sep 3 Mon Labor Day U.S.
Oct 8 Mon Columbus Day U.S.
Oct 15 Mon Pchum Ben Day Khmer
Oct 16 Tue Pchum Ben Day Khmer
Oct 31 Mon King Father’s Birthday Khmer
Nov 9 Wed Independence Day Khmer
Nov 12 Mon Veterans Day U.S.
Nov 22 Thu Thanksgiving Day U.S.
Nov 29 Thu Water Festival Khmer
Dec 25 Mon Christmas U.S.

For further information from the aforementioned website please click HERE.

Those seeking services such as notarization, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, or US passport renewals are well advised to seek such services from the US Consular section of the US Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. In many cases it will likely be necessary to make an online appointment prior to arrival at the Post in order to ensure processing of a specific request for services.

In order to obtain a US visa for a foreign fiancee the American fiance is generally required to submit a petition to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) prior to the case file being processed through the National Visa Center (NVC), assuming approval; and finally on to the US Embassy or US Consulate with appropriate jurisdiction. Those seeking an immigrant visa for a foreign spouse are also likely to be required to receive an approved USCIS petition prior to processing at the National Visa Center before eventual interview and processing at a US Embassy or US Consulate abroad.

In general, it has been this blogger’s experience that the non-immigrant visa categories for foreign loved ones, such as the K-1 visa or the K-3 visa are processed by the non-immigrant visa unit at the American post with appropriate Consular jurisdiction. Meanwhile, immigrant visa categories such as the CR-1 visa or the IR-1 visa are processed by an immigrant visa unit. That stated, some protocols may vary depending upon the unique circumstances of a particular Post.

For information related to legal services in Southeast Asia please see: Legal.

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2nd March 2011

The following holiday closing schedule was quoted directly from the official website of the United States Embassy in Port Louis, Mauritius:

New Year

Saturday, January 1

Mauritian/U.S.

New Year (Special)

Monday, January 3

Mauritian

Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, January 17

U.S.

Thaipoosam Cavadee Thursday, January 30 Mauritian
Abolition of Slavery Tuesday, February 1 Mauritian

Chinese Spring Festival

Thursday, February 3

Mauritian

Washington’s Birthday Mnday, February 21 U.S.

Maha Shivaratree

Wednesday, March 2

Mauritian

National Day

Saturday, March 12

Mauritian

Ougadi

Monday, April 4

Mauritian

Labor Day

Sunday, May 1

Mauritian

Memorial Day

Monday, May 30

U.S.

Independence Day

Monday, July 4

U.S.

Eid-Ul-Fitr**

Wednesday, August 31

Mauritian

Ganesh Chathurthi

Friday, September 2

Mauritian

Labor Day

Monday, September 5

U.S.

Columbus Day Monday, October 10 U.S.

Divali

Wednesday, October 26

Mauritian

All Saints Day

Tuesday, November 1

Mauritian

Arrival of Indentured Laborers Wednesday, November 2 Mauritian

Veterans Day

Friday, November 11

U.S.

Thanksgiving Day

Thursday, November 24

U.S

Christmas Day***

Monday, December 26

U.S.

**The exact date of this festival will depend on the visibility of the moon.
***December 25, 2011 (the legal public holiday for Christmas Day), falls on a Sunday. For most Federal employees, Monday, December 26, will be treated as a holiday for pay and leave purposes.

Those wishing to visit the official homepage of the United States Embassy in Mauritius please click: HERE.

Those seeking services which can only be provided by a US Embassy or US Consulate abroad (such as issuance of a new US Passport, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or additional visa pages for a previously issued US Passport) are well advised to contact an American Citizen Services (ACS) Section of the nearest US Consulate with appropriate jurisdiction. In some cases, it may be possible to set an appointment with the post online. Setting an appointment with the post in advance may prove beneficial as foreknowledge of customer requests can greatly streamline the processing of such requests.

Those seeking non-immigrant visas such as the B-2 visa for tourists, the F-1 visa for students, the J-1 visa for exchange visitors, or the B-1 visa for business travelers are likely to see their visa application processed at a Non-immigrant visa (NIV) Unit abroad. Those seeking such travel documents should bear in mind that such applications are scrutinized pursuant to section 214(b) of the United States Immigration and Nationality Act.

Those seeking immigrant visas for foreign family members such as the CR-1 visa or the IR-1 visa are likely to see their visa application processed pursuant to an approved immigration petition at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).  For application processing purposes, it should be noted that the K-1 visa, a non-immigrant US fiance visa, is treated in a similar manner to the aforementioned immigrant visas noted above.

Those seeking visas such as the L-1 visa for intra-company transferees or the EB-5 visa for immigrant investors are likely to only see a visa application processed after receiving approval on an immigration petition at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).

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16th October 2010

For those familiar with this blog, the administration often posts the holiday closing schedules of various United States Missions in and around Asia in an effort to forestall possible fruitless trips to an American Post abroad by US Citizens or foreign nationals seeking services which can only be obtained from a Consular Section overseas. To quote directly from the official website of the United States Embassy in Pakistan:

The U.S. Mission will officially observe only the holidays listed below.

Date

Day

Holiday

Country

Jan 18 Mon Birthday of M.L. King,Jr. American
Feb 15 Mon President’s Day American
Feb 26 Fri *Eid-i-Milad-un-Nabi Pakistani
Mar 23 Tue Pakistan Day Pakistani
May 31 Mon Memorial Day American
Jul 5 Mon Independence Day American
Aug 14 Sat Independence Day Pakistani
Sept 6 Mon Labor Day American
Sept 11
12&13
Sat
Sun&Mon
*Eid-ul-Fitr Pakistani
Oct 11 Mon Columbus Day American
Nov 9 Tue **Iqbal Day Pakistani
Nov 11 Thu Veterans Day American
Nov 16
17&18
Tue
Wed&Thu
*Eid-ul-Azha Pakistani
Nov 25 Thu Thanksgiving American
Dec 18
& 19
Sat&Sun *9th & 10th Muharram Pakistani
Dec 24 Fri Christmas American

*Note: Religious holidays are subject to the appearance of the moon and may vary from the above estimated dates.

Notwithstanding the fluid and somewhat turbulent situation in and around Pakistan, those seeking services from any US Embassy are well advised to check all available official resources regarding Consular Services in an effort to determine the operating hours of the Post and the services provided therein. Americans seeking services such as American notarization, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, US passport renewal, visa page addition, and other Consular Services are well advised to check with American Citizen Services prior to traveling to the Post as there may be a method for scheduling an appointment online which can greatly streamline the processing of many requests since the Consular Officers can be placed upon advance notice of a prospective customer’s needs and schedule accordingly.

Those seeking US Visa benefits from either an Immigrant Visa Unit or a Non-Immigrant Visa Unit abroad are well advised to check the Post’s website in order to determine scheduling protocols as visa interviews are generally scheduled in advance and may require the filing of a visa petition before a visa interview can be scheduled. Those seeking Immigrant visa benefits undergo a substantially different type of adjudication compared to those seeking a non-immigrant visa. For example, the person seeking an IR1 Visa or a CR1 Visa will not have to undergo the same sort of scrutiny under section 214b of the United States Immigration and Nationality Act as does an applicant for a US Tourist Visa (B2 visa) or an American Student Visa (F1 visa). It should be noted that although the US fiance visa is technically considered a non-immigrant visa category, for the purposes of Consular processing the K1 visa is usually treated as an Immigrant visa.

For related information please see: US visa processing time.

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10th August 2010

The United States of America and the Republic of Korea have a long history of cooperation. The USA maintains an official Mission in Korea in the form of a US Embassy. In an effort to provide relevant information to American travelers and expatriates in Asia, this blog often posts the holiday closing schedules of various American Embassies and Consulates. Below is the holiday closing schedule for the US Embassy in Korea quoted directly from the US Embassy’s official website:

The American Embassy will observe the following American and Local holidays during  2010.
2010 Name American/Local
January 1 (Fri) New Year’s day American/Local
January 18 (Mon) Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday American
February 13 (Sat) Seol-Nal (Lunar New Year Days) Local
February 15 (Mon) Presidents’ Day American
March 1 (Mon) Sam Il Jul (Independence Movement Day) Local
May 5 (Wed) Orininal (Children’s Day) Local
May 21 (Fri) Sukka Tansin Il (Buddha’s Birthday) Local
May 31 (Mon) Memorial Day American
July 5 (Mon) Independence Day American
September 6 (Mon) Labor Day American
Sept. 21, 22, 23 (Tue, Wed, Thu) Chusok (Korean Thanksgiving) Local
October 11 (Mon) Columbus Day American
November 11 (Thu) Veterans Day American
November 25 (Thu) Thanksgiving Day American
December 24 (Fri) Christmas Day American/Local

As this author has previously come to find, it can be frustrating to show up at a US Embassy or US Consulate to find it closed in observance of either a local or American holiday. Therefore, those with business before a United States Embassy or Consulate abroad are well advised to consult the official website of the Mission prior to traveling to the Post. Furthermore, those with business before an American Citizen Services Section of a United States Embassy or Consulate are well advised to check online to ascertain if the Post allows appointment to be set over the internet. Those seeking a new US passport, visa pages, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or notarial services are often required to appear before American Citizen Services abroad in order to have their request processed. In many cases, scheduling an appointment in advance provides the Consular Officers with the opportunity to prepare in advance to efficiently serve Citizens. By streamlining the process it can decrease the wait time for Americans traveling to the Post.

Those wishing to schedule a visa interview appointment for an Immigrant visa such as a CR1 Visa or an IR1 visa are advised to check directly with the Post regarding such appointments. The same can be said for those wishing to schedule a non-immigrant visa appointment for travel documents such as the US Tourist Visa or the US Student Visa (For purposes of Consular adjudication the K1 visa is usually considered an immigrant visa).

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6th August 2010

As stated in recent postings on this blog, Holiday Closing Schedules for US Embassies and US Consulates overseas are routinely posted on this site in order to provide insight to those American travelers abroad who may be seeking services from a US Embassy or US Consulate located in one’s host country. Also, foreign nationals seeking services at an American Mission abroad may benefit from information regarding Post closure. The following Holiday closing schedule is directly quoted from the official website of the United States Consulate in Chennai, India:

The U.S. Mission will officially observe only the holidays listed below.

Date Day Holiday Type
January 1 Friday New Year’s Day American
January 14 Thursday Pongal/Tamil New Year’s Day
(not for Karnataka)
Indian
January 15 Friday Thiruvalluvar Day Indian
January 18 Monday Martin Luther King’s Birthday American
January 26 Tuesday Republic Day Indian
February 15 Monday Washington’s Birthday American
April 2 Friday Good Friday Indian
April 14 Wednesday Dr. Ambedkar’s Birthday Indian
May 31 Monday Memorial Day American
July 5* Monday Independence Day American
September 1 Wednesday Krishna Jayanthi Indian
September 6 Monday Labor Day American
September 10 Friday Idu’l Fitr (Ramzan) Indian
October 11 Monday Columbus Day American
November 1 Monday Karnataka Rajyotsava Day
(for Karnataka only)
Indian
November 5 Friday Deepavali Indian
November 11 Thursday Veteran’s Day American
November 17 Wednesday Idu’l Zuha (Bakrid) Indian
November 25 Thursday Thanksgiving Day American
December 17 Friday Muharram Indian
December 24** Friday Christmas Day American

* in lieu of July 4, Sunday
** in lieu of December 25, Saturday

Generally, Americans seeking assistance at a US Embassy or US Consulate overseas are in need of services such as Passport replacement, retrieval of a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, addition of visa pages, or signature notarization. For services such as this American Citizens are generally wise to check with the American Citizen Services (ACS) section of an Embassy or Consulate overseas in order to ascertain if appointments can be scheduled online. The reason why this is so important is due to the fact that many ACS sections have a great deal of demand placed upon their time. Therefore, scheduling an appointment in advance and specifying the services sought can assist the Consular Officers in streamlining their services in such a way that the customers needs are met quickly, efficiently, and effectively.

Those seeking a US visa abroad must check each Post’s policy regarding visa interview scheduling. Generally, non-immigrant visa interviews are conducted in a different manner compared to Immigrant visa interviews. It has been this author’s experience that for purposes of visa application adjudications abroad K1 visa applications are treated as Immigrant visa applications even though the visa itself is a non-immigrant quasi-dual intent travel document.

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