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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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5th September 2010

The administration of this blog often posts the holiday closing schedules of various United States Embassies and Consulates in the Asia-Pacific region in an effort to provide assistance to American travelers and expats or foreign nationals seeking services at an American Mission abroad. The following holiday closing schedule for the US Embassy in New Zealand was quoted directly from the official website of the Post:

Date

Occasion

Location

January 1 – Friday New Year’s Day NZ/US
January 2 – Saturday Day After New Year’s Day NZ
January 18 – Monday Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday US
January 25 – Monday Wellington Anniversary (Wellington Only) NZ
February 01 – Monday Auckland Anniversary (Auckland Only) NZ
February 6 - Saturday Waitangi Day NZ
February 15 – Monday Presidents’ Day US
April 02 – Friday Good Friday NZ
April 05 – Monday Easter Monday NZ
April 25 – Sunday Anzac Day NZ
May 31 – Monday Memorial Day US
June 7 – Monday Queen’s Birthday NZ
July 5 – Monday Independence Day US
September 6 – Monday Labor Day US
October 11 – Monday Columbus Day US
October 25 – Monday Labour Day NZ
November 11 – Thursday Veterans Day US
November 12 – Friday Canterbury Anniversary (Christchurch Only) NZ
November 25 – Thursday Thanksgiving Day US
December 25 – Saturday Christmas Day NZ/US
December 26 – Sunday Boxing Day NZ

Those traveling to American Missions abroad are often in search of a US Embassy or US Consulate that can assist in visa matters and other proceedings which must be carried out by US government personnel. Such activities include, but are not limited to: Consular Report of Birth Abroad issuance, US passport renewal, addition of visa pages, and notarial services. Generally, the American Citizen Services Section of a United States Consulate can assist in these matters. Those with business at an American Citizen Services post are encouraged to check the official website of the US Embassy in order to ascertain if appointments can be scheduled online. This can greatly streamline processing of requests as ACS officers can anticipate customer requests and prepare to provide appropriate services.

Those seeking a visa to the United States of America often require a visa interview in order to complete the adjudication process. Those seeking a visa interview are well advised to contact the local post or check the official website for details about appointment scheduling. Usually the protocols for non-immigrant visa interview appointments are different than the protocols for setting immigrant visa interview appointments (for purposes of visa processing, generally the K1 visa is considered to be an immigrant visa).

For related information in Thai context please see: US Visa Thailand.

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