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2nd May 2011

It recently came to this blogger’s attention that the Premier of China has expressed interest in expanded trade relations with the economies comprising the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). To quote directly from the official website of the China Post, ChinaPost.com.tw:

JAKARTA — Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said Saturday Beijing wants to boost cooperation in trade and security with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

In a policy speech on the last day of a three-day visit to Indonesia, the current chair of ASEAN and its biggest member, Wen extolled the virtues of an ASEAN-China free trade agreement (FTA) that came into effect in January.

It should be noted that the trade between the jurisdictions comprising the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China is not negligible. As the economy of China has shown tremendous growth in recent years, so too have many of the ASEAN nations. It is interesting that as both regions grow, they seem to create a mutually beneficial feedback loop in terms of trade and business. To quote further from the aforementioned article in the China Post:

“Last year, China became ASEAN’s biggest trading partner. We launched the largest FTA among developing countries and we have set the target of US$500 billion in two-way trade by 2015,” he said.

The administration of this web log highly recommends that readers click upon the above hyperlinks to learn more on this story and the issues associated therewith. It would appear as though the current trading relationship between ASEAN and China is highly beneficial to many of the economies concerned.

Meanwhile, of possibly more pressing interest to some, it would appear as though the United States Embassy in India is taking some precautionary measures in the aftermath of the recent announcement that notorious terrorist Osama bin Laden is deceased. To quote directly from the official website of the Times of India:

NEW DELHI: Immediately after the United States informed India on Monday about the killing of al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden by American forces in Pakistan, security was tightened around the US Embassy in New Delhi and consulates in Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore.

“Besides asking Delhi Police to enhance its deployment around the US embassy here, the home ministry issued advisories asking states having US consulates to strengthen the security of these places”, said a senior home ministry official.

The administration of this blog again strongly recommends that readers click upon the hyperlinks above to read the above story in detail. Frequent readers of this web log may take note of the fact that the United States maintains the American Corner Bangalore.

Clearly authorities are taking precautions in reaction to recently announced events. It is likely that further information will come to light regarding all of these subjects in the coming weeks, months, and years. Hopefully, all of these precautions will prove unnecessary, but this remains, as of yet, to be seen.

For related information please see: business in China or US Visa India.

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11th January 2011

The administration of this blog routinely posts the holiday closing schedules of the various US Missions in Asia. This is done in this blogger’s attempt to provide a courtesy to American travelers abroad who may be unaware of local holidays or some of the more obscure American Federal holidays. The following was quoted directly from the official website of the United States Consulate in Mumbai, India:

Holidays 2011

Date Day Holiday American/Indian
December 31, 2010* Friday New Year’s Day American
January 14, 2011 Friday

Makar Sankaranti (for Ahmedabad USCS only)

Indian
January 17, 2011 Monday Martin Luther King’s B’Day American
January 26, 2011 Wednesday Republic Day Indian
February 21, 2011 Monday Washington’s Birthday American
April 22, 2011 Friday Good Friday Indian
May 30, 2011 Monday Memorial Day American
July 4, 2011 Monday Independence Day American
August 15, 2011 Monday Independence Day Indian
August 19, 2011 Friday Parsi New Year Indian
August 31, 2011 Wednesday

Ramzan-Id (Id-ul-Fitar) (Not for Ahmedabad USCS)

Indian
September 1, 2011 Thursday Ganesh Chaturthi Indian
September 5, 2011 Monday Labor Day American
October 6, 2011 Thursday Dussehra Indian
October 10, 2011 Monday Columbus Day American
October 26, 2011 Wednesday Diwali (Laxmi Pujan) Indian
October 27, 2011 Thursday Diwali (Balipratipada) Indian
November 7, 2011 Monday Bakri Id (Id-ul-Zua) Indian
November 11, 2011 Friday Veteran’s Day American
November 24, 2011 Thursday Thanksgiving Day American
December 26, 2011** Friday Christmas Day American

* In lieu of January 1, 2011 (Saturday)
** In lieu of December 25, 2011 (Sunday)

Note: The Embassy and Consulates are closed to the public on the last Wednesday of every month.

Those seeking Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, US Passports, or new visa pages for a previously issued American passport are well advised to contact an American Citizen Services Section of the nearest Post. In many cases, an American’s request can be better handled by making an appointment online with the local Post.

For those wishing to visit the homepage of the official website of the US Consulate in Mumbai please click HERE.

Those seeking non-immigrant visas such as the US tourist visa (B-2 category), the US student visa (F-1 category), the US exchange visitor visa (J-1 category), and/or the US Business Visa (B-1 category) are likely required to process their application through a Non-Immigrant Visa (NIV) Unit at an American Post abroad. It should be noted that non-immigrant visa applicants are generally subject to Consular scrutiny pursuant to section 214(b) of the US Immigration and Nationality Act. Meanwhile, those seeking immigrant visas such as an IR-1 visa or a CR-1 visa will likely process their request through an Immigrant Visa (IV) Unit of a US Mission abroad. For processing purposes, the K-1 visa application, a non-immigrant US fiance visa, is treated much the same way as an immigrant visa application.

Those seeking an EB-5 visa or an L-1 visa must process an immigration petition through USCIS (the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service) prior to processing a visa application at a Post abroad.

For related information please see: K3 Visa India.

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4th August 2010

Every year, many Americans travel throughout Asia. As a result, these American travelers sometimes find themselves in need of services that can only be handled by an officer of the government of the United States of America. For example, an American Citizen who loses his or her passport overseas is well advised to travel to the nearest US Embassy or US Consulate in order to apply for a replacement passport. Unbeknownst to some, American Missions abroad generally close their facilities in observance of both American holidays as well as holidays observed in the host country. This author has personally traveled to the US Embassy Bangkok only to find the Post closed in observance of American Veterans’ Day. Hopefully, by posting Embassy and/or Consulate holiday closing schedules on this blog it will forestall futile travel to a closed Post. The following is directly quoted from the official website of the United States Consulate in Mumbai, India:

Holidays 2010

Date

Day

Holiday

American/Indian

January 01

Friday

New Year’s Day

American

January 14 Thursday Makar Sankaranti (for Ahmedabad USCS only) Indian

January 18

Monday

Martin Luther King’s B’Day

American

January 26

Tuesday

Republic Day

Indian

February 12 Friday Mahashivratri Indian

February 15

Monday

Washington’s Birthday

American

March 1

Monday

Holi

Indian

March 16

Tuesday

Gudi Padwa (for Ahmedabad USCS only)

Indian

April 2

Friday

Good Friday

Indian

May 27

Thursday

Buddha Pournima

Indian

May 31

Monday

Memorial Day

American

July 05 *

Monday

Independence Day

American

August 19 Thursday Parsi New Year Indian

September 06

Monday

Labor Day

American

September 10 Friday Ramzan-Id (Id-ul-Fitar) Indian

October 11

Monday

Columbus Day

American

November 5

Friday

Diwali (Laxmi Pujan)

Indian

November 11

Thursday

Veterans’ Day

American

November 17 Wednesday Bakri Id (Id-ul-Zua) Indian

November 25

Thursday

Thanksgiving Day

American

December 24**

Friday

Christmas Day

American

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

Note: The American Citizens Services Unit will remain closed for services on every last Wednesday of each month for administrative purposes.

American Citizen Services (ACS) generally assists US Citizens, or Lawful Permanent Resident traveling abroad, with matters such as Passport issuance, Consular Report of Birth Abroad issuance, issuance of new visa pages, as well as notarizations. Those who may need to request the services of ACS are well advised to check the holiday closing schedule and also look to the official Consulate website in order to ascertain whether or not the Post provides online appointment scheduling. Scheduling an appointment online can greatly streamline dealing with ACS as Consular Officers are put on notice of requested services and can plan accordingly.

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