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15th January 2011

Those who have perused this web log in the past may have taken notice of the fact that the administration routinely posts the holiday closing schedules of the various US Missions in Asia in the hopes that doing so will forestall fruitless trips by Americans abroad to a closed Embassy observing an American or foreign holiday. To quote directly from the official website of the US Embassy in Singapore:

The American Embassy will observe the following American and Local Holidays.

2011

OFFICIAL DATE

U.S. HOLIDAY

LOCAL
HOLIDAY

DATE
OBSERVED

Jan. 1 New Year’s Day New Year’s Day Fri., Dec. 31
3rd Mon in Jan. Birthday  of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mon., Jan.17
Feb. 3 – 4

Chinese New Year Thurs., Feb.3

Fri., Feb.4

3rd Mon in Feb. Washington’s

Birthday

Mon., Feb.21
Apr. 22

Good Friday Fri., Apr. 22
May 1 (Sun.)

Labor Day Mon., May 2
May 17

Vesak Day Tues., May 17
Last Mon in May Memorial Day

Mon., May 30
Jul. 4 Independence Day

Mon., Jul. 4
Aug. 9

National Day Tues., Aug. 9
Aug. 30

Hari Raya Puasa Tues, Aug.30
1st Mon in Sept. Labor Day

Mon., Sept.5
2nd Mon in Oct. Columbus Day

Mon., Oct.10
Oct.26

Deepavali Wed., Oct.26
Nov. 6 (Sun)

Hari Raya Haji Mon., Nov. 7
Nov.11 Veteran’s Day

Fri., Nov. 11
4th Thurs in Nov. Thanksgiving

Thurs., Nov. 24
Dec. 25 (Sun) Christmas Christmas Mon., Dec. 26
Jan.1, 2012 (Sun) New Year New Year Mon., Jan.2, 2012

Those seeking services such as issuance of a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, US Passport, or additional pages for a previously issued US passport are well advised to contact an American Citizen Services Section of the nearest US Consulate with appropriate jurisdiction as such requests, made by those physically present abroad, are generally only processed at US Missions abroad. Making an appointment online to visit a US Mission abroad can greatly facilitate the processing of requests and \streamline the processing of an individual’s request.

Those wishing to visit the official homepage of the US Embassy in Singapore please click HERE.

Those seeking travel documents such as the B-2 visa (US tourist visa), B-1 visa (US business visa), F-1 visa (US student visa), or J-1 visa (US exchange visitor visa) are likely to process their application through a Non-Immigrant Visa (NIV) Unit abroad. Those seeking such travel documents should bear in mind that non-immigrant visa applications are scrutinized pursuant to section 214(b) of the United States Immigration and Nationality Act.

Those Americans seeking family based visa benefits for an immigrant spouse (CR-1 visa or IR-1 visa) will likely see their loved one process their visa application through an Immigrant Visa (IV) Unit abroad. For purposes of visa application processing the K1 visa, although a US fiance visa technically classified as a non-immigrant travel document, is treated in much the same way as the immigrant visa applications.

Those seeking a business or investment visa such as an E-2 visa (Treaty Investor), L-1 visa (Intra-Company Transferee) , or EB-5 visa (Immigrant Investor) are likely to be required to process an immigration petition through the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) prior to submitting a visa application abroad. In the case of the E-2 visa, those seeking such visa benefits abroad may not be required to process an immigration petition with USCIS.

For related information please see: US Visa Singapore.

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1st February 2010

United States Diplomatic Missions are posted around the world. In many cases, a US Embassy will have a Consular Section for dealing with administrative matters for Americans overseas (i.e. notarial services, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, second passport, etc). A US Consulate is also tasked with adjudicating American visa applications.

In many cases, US Consulates and Embassies close on both US Federal holidays as well as those holidays recognized by the host country. Foreknowledge of an Embassy’s holiday closing schedule can be beneficial to both American expatriates and prospective US immigrants as this knowledge can help forestall an unproductive trip to the US Embassy. Below is a list of the holidays that the US Embassy in Singapore recognizes. The US Embassy will close in observance of the following American and Singaporean holidays:

OFFICIAL
DATE

U.S. HOLIDAY

LOCAL HOLIDAY

DATE
OBSERVED

January 1

New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day

Fri., Jan 1

3rd Mon in Jan

Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mon., Jan 18

Feb 14-15

Chinese New Year

Mon., Feb 15
Tues., Feb 16

3rd Mon in Feb

Washington’s Birthday

Mon., Feb 15

April 2

Good Friday

Fri., Apr 2

May 1

Labor Day

Fri., Apr 30

May 28

Vesak Day

Fri., May 28

Last Mon in May

Memorial Day

Mon., May 31

Jul. 4

Independence Day

Mon., Jul 5

Aug.9

National Day

Mon., Aug 9

1st Mon in Sep

Labor Day

Mon., Sep 6

Sept. 10

Hari Raya Puasa

Fri., Sep 10

2nd Mon in Oct

Columbus Day

Mon., Oct 11

Nov. 5

Deepavali

Fri., Nov 5

Nov.11

Veteran’s Day

Thurs., Nov 11

Nov. 17

Hari Raya Haji

Wed., Nov 17

4th Thurs in Nov.

Thanksgiving

Thurs., Nov.25

Dec. 25

Christmas

Christmas

Fri., Dec 24

Jan.1, 2011

New Year

New Year Fri., Dec 31, 2010

Notwithstanding holiday closures, the Embassy could also close for internal administrative purposes, the following dates are noted on the Embassy’s website as times that the Embassy will not be open for transaction of regular business:

- February 15, 16 2010 (Monday & Tuesday)
Singapore Holiday - Chinese New Year’s Day
U.S. Holiday - Washington’s Birthday

- February 25, 2010 (Thursday)
Admin/Training Day*

- March 25, 2010 (Thursday)
Admin/Training Day*

* Admin/Training Days:  We will be closed for all Consular Services, including American Citizen passport renewal, extra passport pages and notarial services on these days.  Regular services will resume the following day.  For emergency services at any time during an Admin/Training day, please call 6476-9100 during normal business hours.

Please note that the above information was promulgated by the website of the US Embassy in Singapore. To view the Embassy’s website, please click on this link. It should be noted that the US Embassy could close for other reasons at other times so this information should not be viewed as definitive. For those wishing to deal with issues at the US Embassy in Singapore, we recommend contacting the post directly. Contact information can be found at the Embassy’s website by clicking on the above link.

For information about US Visas please see: K1 visa or K3 Visa.

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