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6th January 2011

For those American Citizens or United States Lawful Permanent Residents who frequently travel abroad, it may sometimes prove necessary to obtain services or assistance from an American Mission abroad. In an effort to forestall fruitless trips by the public to US Posts abroad the administration of this blog routinely posts the holiday closing schedules of various US Missions in Asia. This blogger has personally found that arriving at a US Embassy only to find it closed due to observance of an American or foreign holiday can be frustrating. The following was quoted directly from the official website of the American Institute in Taiwan:

January 2011

  • Monday, January 3: Consular Section In-Service Day (AIT/Taipei)
  • Monday, January  17: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (US Holiday)


February 2011

  • Tuesday, February 1: Consular Section In-Service Day (AIT/Taipei)
  • Wednesday, February 2 to Monday, February 7: Chinese Lunar New Year Holidays (Local)
  • Monday, February 21: Washington’s Birthday (US Holiday)
  • Monday, February 28: Peace Memorial Day (Local)


March 2011

  • Tuesday, March 1: Consular Section In-Service Day (AIT/Taipei)

April 2011

  • Friday, April 1: Consular Section In-Service Day (AIT/Taipei)
  • Monday, April 4: Children’s day (Local)
  • Tuesday, April 5: Tomb Sweeping Day (Local)


May 2011

  • Monday, May 30: Memorial Day (US Holiday)

June 2011

  • Monday, June 6: Dragon Boat Festival (Local)


July 2011

  • Monday, July 4: Independence Day (US Holiday)


September 2011

  • Thursday, September 1: Consular Section In-Service Day (AIT/Taipei)
  • Monday, September 5: Labor Day (US Holiday)
  • Monday, September 12: Mid-Autumn Festival (Local)


October 2011

  • Monday, October 3: Consular Section In-Service Day (AIT/Taipei)
  • Monday, October 10: National Holiday (Local) also Columbus Day (US Holiday)


November 2011

  • Tuesday, November 1: Consular Section In-Service Day (AIT/Taipei)
  • Friday, November 11: Veterans Day (US Holiday)
  • Thursday, November 24: Thanksgiving Day (US Holiday)


December 2011

  • Thursday, December 1: Consular Section In-Service Day (AIT/Taipei)
  • Monday, December 26: Christmas Day (Observed US Holiday)

Those seeking services such as issuance of a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, US Passport, or additional visa pages are well advised to contact and American Citizen Services Section of the nearest US Mission with jurisdiction over the area in which one is physically present.

For the homepage of the official website of the American Institute in Taiwan please click HERE

Those seeking US non-immigrant visas such as the B-2 visa for tourists, the B-1 visa for short term business travelers, the F-1 visa for students, or the J-1 visa for exchange visitors are likely to have their visa application adjudicated by a non-immigrant visa unit of a US Mission abroad. Those seeking immigrant visas for Taiwanese loved ones are likely to process their application through an Immigrant Visa Unit. It should be noted that for purposes of visa application processing the K-1 visa, although technically a non-immigrant US fiance visa, is generally treated as if it were an immigrant visa.

Those seeking Business or Investment visas such as the E-2 visa for Traders, the L-1 visa for intra-company transferees, or an EB-5 visa for immigrant investors should note that an approved immigration petition may be required before a US Mission abroad will process a visa application.

Those seeking advice and/or counsel regarding a pending US immigration matter are well advised to contact a licensed American lawyer in order to gain insight into the practical application of US Immigration law upon the unique facts in a given case.

For related information please see: CR1 Visa.

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6th July 2010

As can be gathered from previous posts on this blog, we often post the holiday closing schedules for US Embassies and Consulates in Asia. It is hoped that this practice will provide necessary information to readers and possibly prevent unnecessary trips to a US Consulate or US Embassy due to Post closure. The following schedule is quoted from the official website of the American Institute in Taiwan:

January 2010

  • Friday, January 1: New Year’s Day (U.S. & Local Holiday)
  • Monday, January 4: Consular Section In-Service Day (AIT/Taipei)
  • Monday, January 18: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (U.S. Holiday)

February 2010

  • Monday, February 1: Consular Section In-Service Day (AIT/Taipei)
  • Saturday, February 13 to Friday, February 19: Chinese Lunar New Year Holidays (Local)
  • Monday, February 15: Washington’s Birthday (U.S. Holiday)
  • Sunday, February 28: Peace Memorial Day (Local)

March 2010

  • Monday, March 1: Consular Section In-Service Day (AIT/Taipei)


April 2010

  • Thursday, April 1: Consular Section In-Service Day (AIT/Taipei)
  • Monday, April 5: Tomb Sweeping Day (Local)

May 2010

  • Monday, May 31: Memorial Day (U.S. Holiday)

June 2010

  • Wednesday, June 16: Dragon Boat Festival (Local)


July 2010

  • Monday, July 5: Independence Day (U.S. Holiday)

September 2010

  • Wednesday, September 1: Consular Section In-Service Day (AIT/Taipei)
  • Monday, September 6: Labor Day (U.S. Holiday)
  • Wednesday, September 22: Mid-Autumn Festival (Local)

October 2010

  • Friday, October 1: Consular Section In-Service Day (AIT/Taipei)
  • Sunday, October 10: National Holiday (Local)
  • Monday, October 11: Columbus Day (U.S. Holiday)


November 2010

  • Monday, November 1: Consular Section In-Service Day (AIT/Taipei)
  • Thursday, November 11: Veterans Day (U.S. Holiday)
  • Thursday, November 25: Thanksgiving Day (U.S. Holiday)

December 2010

  • Wednesday, December 1: Consular Section In-Service Day (AIT/Taipei)
  • Friday, December 24: Christmas Day-observed  (U.S. Holiday)
  • Friday, December 31: New Year’s Day- observed (U.S. Holiday)

Unlike other nations, Taiwan is not the host to a US Embassy or US Consulate-General as the American position regarding Taiwan’s status is ambiguous. That said, the American Institute can provide many of the same services that are provided to Americans Citizens and foreign nationals abroad. For instance, as is the case with many Posts around the world, the American Institute in Taiwan has an American Citizen Services Section for assistance with things such as Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, visa pages, passports, etc.

The Post also has a visa section and applications may be submitted for non-immigrant visa categories such as the B1 visa, F1 visa, J1 visa, and the B2 visa. Furthermore, those seeking an Immigrant visa such as a CR1 Visa or an IR1 visa may apply for such documents at the Immigrant Visa Unit. Those seeking K visas such as the K1 visa and the K3 Visa may seek such travel documents at the Immigrant Visa Unit as well.

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